Lenovo is one of the most recognizable PC brands on the market today. Apart from the PC, Lenovo also manufactures smartphones, printers, and televisions, among other devices. Now, the company is venturing into the handheld gaming PC market and has now unveiled its first offering, the Legion Go.
Lenovo debuted the gadget a few days ago at the IFA Berlin Trade Fair in Germany. According to the information available, the device will be powered by Windows 11 and will have a starting price of $699. It also looks a lot like its competition.
When it arrives, Lenovo's Legion Go will be competing with other handheld gaming devices like the Asus ROG, the Logitech G Cloud, and the Valve Steam Deck. However, the device will have an advantage over these devices from the jump.
For one, the Legion Go has a much better display: an 8.8-inch touchscreen with a 1600p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. For comparison, the ROG Ally spots a 1080p display with a 120Hz refresh rate and the Steam Deck has an 800p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Legion Go also boasts a much larger battery than its competitors, which means you can use it for longer. Unfortunately, there is a tradeoff in weight to accommodate the larger battery: the device is heavier than both the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally.
What's more? The Legion Go has feature-packed detachable controllers which double as gaming mice, and is as a result suitable for a multitude of games. It will come with 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The device will also have Wi-Fi compatibility, Bluetooth support, and a kickstand to enhance the gaming experience.
With its myriad specs, Lenovo seems poised to take the handheld gaming PC market by storm. The Legion Go is a solid device at its price point and it appears to solve some of the problems that gamers had with previous devices, such as longer battery life and more feature-packed controllers. We think the improved display and bigger screen are a masterful stroke, especially at that price point.
Lenovo is planning major moves in the gaming hardware department, and is taking on a number of competitors, not just in the handheld PC sector. Apart from the Legion Go, Lenovo also announced the Legion 9i laptop and Legion Glasses.
The Legion Glasses is a pair of micro-OLED glasses you can use to play your games in private. They feature a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, thus making them capable of delivering incredible visual experiences. Lenovo's Legion Glasses are compatible with not only the Legion Go, but also with macOS and Windows PCs, and Android devices.
They might even be compatible with other gaming devices, although we can't tell for sure until the company releases them. Like the Legion Go and the Lenovo 9i, they will arrive in October and will be available for $329.
On the other hand, the Legion 9i is the first 16-inch PC by Lenovo as well as the first to have its own integrated liquid cooling system. It also has a MiniLED display and a refresh rate that can climb as high as 165Hz. With 64GB of RAM, an intel 13th-gen core i9 processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, it is easily one of the most powerful laptops on the planet.
Given you will have to part with the hefty sum of $4,400 for a unit, we can't say we are surprised by those specs. Lenovo will release the Legion Go, Lenovo 9i computer, and Legion Glasses at an unspecified date in October. You can buy it on Lenovo's website, Best Buy, or Micro Center.