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Lenovo reportedly working on its own PC gaming handheld – Legion Go now pictured

The handheld market is booming and now Lenovo is aiming for the success of the Steam Deck and ROG Ally

Updated: Aug 21, 2023 8:31 am
Lenovo reportedly working on its own PC gaming handheld – Legion Go now pictured

Rumors have surfaced that now Lenovo is getting in on the success the handheld gaming market has been seeing. Following on from what ASUS and Valve have showcased in the mainstream and what AYANEO has been constantly working on, there has been a rising trend of these handhelds doing well.

As Windows Central reports, inside sources tell them that Lenovo is working on a competitor in the portable PC market. With Steam Deck bringing massive hype directly integrating SteamOS and all focused on the game launcher it brought plenty of power to the handheld platform. Then the ROG Ally more recently provided the same but with Windows at the center of it. Now Lenovo is following suit.

No release date yet but here’s all we know

The handheld is said to be running the new AMD Phoenix APU processor found in the new-gen laptops. This also means it will be running Windows 11 as the operating system, which does make it more necessary for Microsoft to make the ecosystem more friendly for all these uses.

Previously Lenovo was said to be working on an Android cloud-based handheld like the Logitech G Cloud. Although that might be shuttered, the design could be used for the standalone device instead. However, that could just also mean that this device never sees the light of day either if the other option also has been shelved since Windows Central has not received any information on any planned release date.

For the specifications, it is expected to feature one of the Phoenix APUs which could turn out the be the Z1 extreme like the ROG Ally. Or it could have multiple configurations, offering a range of AMD’s ultra-thin, and powerful processors.

One of the only other details provided so far is that it is anticipated to feature an 8-inch screen. An inch up from the Deck and Ally but with an unspecified resolution and refresh rate. It might not seem like a lot but could provide plenty more usefulness to the crowded UI. But then there is the worry of the weight and battery life of that screen that it would provide.

Alleged Lenovo Legion Go pictured

Window Report has supposedly obtained exclusive images of the new handheld from Lenovo. It gives us a good look at what we could expect from the Legion Go as it combines some of the best parts from many of its competitors.

Starting off removable controllers, much like the Switch controllers. Along with the biggest 8-inch screen, it also has buttons similar in Layout to the ROG Ally, with a trackpad like the Steam Deck. Another good indicator of the power is the sizeable vent at the back of it that covers the whole back providing some much-needed cooling although the noise level might be a factor.

A look at the Lenovo Legion Go, source: Windows Report

The IO and buttons featured on the device range quite a lot as well. With shoulder, trigger, and back triggers across the controllers, there is a lot of flexibility and potential for mapping. There is also an interesting addition of a wheel on the right joy-con that could have some interesting uses. For its ports, it so far has two USB-C ports, a power button, a headphone jack, volume toggles (+ and -), and a micro-SD card slot.

Even though there are plenty of options to go for, more isn’t a terrible thing. Lenovo has the potential to offer up over things than what Ally or Deck have to offer. Such as even integrating a non-proprietary GPU expansion such as just using it over USB C, unlike the Ally which requires only ROG eGPUs.

AR glasses

Another update from Windows Report suggests another ecosystem alongside the handheld itself. As the leak would suggest a whole AR system is to be built and introduced alongside the console. That would also provide a different way of experiencing the gameplay than looking at it on the screen, but get a whole screen in front of you. But how effective that will be we’ll have to see once it has released.

Legion Go AR glasses
A man playing a video game on Legion Go, Lenovo’s PC gaming handheld.

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