Lenovo Legion Go leaked – another Steam Deck competitor

Valve’s Steam Deck is on the verge of facing heightened competition, as recent reports suggest that Lenovo is entering the arena with its own handheld gaming PC named the Legion Go. Windows Central’s previous report unveiled Lenovo’s plans, and now, new images published by Windows Report offer a tantalizing glimpse into this forthcoming device.

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Drawing inspiration from devices like the Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally, Lenovo’s gaming handheld bears a striking resemblance. However, it also draws cues from the Nintendo Switch, evident in its design and features. The Legion Go boasts an expansive eight-inch display, complemented by detachable controllers reminiscent of the Switch’s Joy-Cons. Impressively, a Switch-like OLED kickstand graces the device, allowing it to seamlessly transition into tabletop gaming mode.

Examining the controllers reveals an intriguing blend of influences. Similar to the Steam Deck, the controllers sport ergonomic contours. Yet, they retain the flat, detachable design reminiscent of the Switch’s Joy-Cons. A touchpad adorns the right controller, while a unique wheel occupies its rear. The detachable nature of the controllers also fuels speculation about the device featuring a touchscreen.

A noteworthy aspect of the Legion Go’s design is its substantial thickness. Unlike the Asus ROG Ally, which prioritized slimness at the cost of battery life, Lenovo seems committed to a thicker build that accommodates a beefier battery. This choice aligns with the trend witnessed in devices like the upcoming Ayaneo Kun, emphasizing extended playtime.

The anticipated operating system for the Legion Go is Windows 11, offering compatibility with a wide array of Windows games that align with the device’s specifications. Sources from Windows Central had previously reported the utilization of AMD Phoenix processors, a choice also observed in other recent and forthcoming Windows handhelds, including the ROG Ally.

While Lenovo has experimented with gaming handhelds in the past, such as the “LaVie Mini” concept showcased alongside NEC at CES 2021 and the unreleased Android-based Legion Play, the Legion Go signifies a more determined effort. If substantiated, this endeavour could potentially pose a formidable challenge to the Steam Deck and its counterparts. Enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting further information, as the Legion Go’s potential impact on the gaming landscape sparks intrigue and curiosity.