Over the last couple of weeks, Lenovo leaks have slowly been trickling out. First, we saw some leaks that showcase the device and how it will look. Now, we have a bit more information, including the specs of the handheld, as well as a price for the base model. So, let's check it out and see what we may expect from the new, upcoming handheld.
Lenovo Legion Go Possible Specs
From what we have seen about the Lenovo Legion Go, which comes from Windows Report, we will see multiple versions of the device in a similar vein to the ROG Ally. According to the article, there are going to be different versions that have slightly different internals. So far, here are the specs we are seeing:
- APU - Up to AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
- RAM - 16GB LPDDR5X 7500Mhz
- Storage - 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
- Display - 8.8 QHD+ (2560x1600) 16:10 Resolution, IPS panel, 10-point Touch, 500nits brightness
- Connectivity - 2x USB-C, 1x MicroSD Slot, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
- Battery - 49.2 WHr
- Weight - 640g / 854g with controllers attached
- OS - Windows 11 Home
These are interesting specs and look pretty nice for a device like this, but breaking them down, there are some nice pros and cons we can make out from its internals and design.
- Z1 Extreme APU is fantastic
- Faster RAM
- Large, bright screen with VRR
- 2 USB-C Ports
- Detachable controllers are great for docked play
- Built-in kickstand
- Lots of buttons
- Windows OS (for playing all games)
- "Up to" Z1 Extreme means possibly worse APUs
- 256GB storage is not enough
- The battery is small for a larger device
- 250g heavier than the Ally and 200g heavier than the Steam Deck
- Windows OS (for everything else)
Then we get to the pricing. So, per the report, the base model, which will have a regular Z1 APU and 256gb storage, will be $800. Yes, this will come with all the awesome features listed above, but 256gb for storage isn't a lot, and the Z1 chip is not as powerful as the Z1 Extreme. The report notes that we could be seeing a top-tier option that comes to around $1,000, which presumably will have the Z1 Extreme in it.
So, is this a Steam Deck Killer?
While the Lenovo Legion Go does have a lot of interesting ideas, and I love the detachable controllers and trackpads, I don't think it will put a dent into Steam Deck sales. There are a couple of design choices holding it back: The APU/Price, Weight, and Battery. The APU/Price point for getting the device is extremely important to consider for handhelds right now. To really justify spending more than a Steam Deck, using the Z1 Extreme is imperative.
Then we have the weight. This is going to be a chunky device, very chunky. At almost 200g heavier than the Deck and 250g heavier than the Ally, this is going to be a really heavy device in comparison. This could lead to some strain on longer sessions and discomfort holding it up.
Lastly, the battery. This is a device using a Z1/Extreme chip, which is power-hungry, as well as Windows and a larger screen with a significantly higher resolution than the Deck. Only being 9.2WHr larger than the Ally and Steam Deck is a bit concerning for how long the device will be able to last in longer sessions. Comparing it to the AYANEO KUN, which has a similar-sized screen and uses a comparable APU to the Z1 Extreme, we have a 75Whr battery, almost doubling both the mentioned devices.
In the end, these are all leaks, and we won't have official confirmation on exactly what the Lenovo Legion Go could have internally, but it's rumored we will get an official reveal from Lenovo around early September. I am definitely interested in the device, and it could hit a lot of marks for those wanting a larger device with more docked versatility, but it could miss the mark on being a solid portable device.
What do you guys think? Let us know what you like or dislike about the device and if it justifies a purchase over the Ally or Deck!
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