Lenovo’s Premium Mobile Gamer Has Detachable Controllers

Lenovo marks its entry in the Windows handheld gaming space with the Legion Go. Combining mobility with high performance, the Legion Go joins an expanding Lenovo Legion ecosystem for immersive gaming that includes new micro OLED-equipped Lenovo Legion Glasses for a big-screen experience anywhere, the Legion 9i gaming laptop, and Legion E510 7.1 RGB Gaming In-Ear Headphones for high-quality audio. With Nintendo Switch-like detachable controllers, the Legion Go is a handheld device that accommodates multiplayer gaming. The Legion Space game hub allows users to access cloud platforms as well as locally stored games in a central location.

“The Go’s release timing and price — October 23, starting at $699 — puts it into the mix for holiday shopping, although depending on how you spec it out, you may be shooting up closer to $1,000,” CNET reports, noting its “big 8.8-inch display” and handy kickstand.

“Ever since Valve introduced the Steam Deck, taking PC games on the go via a handheld gaming device was no longer an impossible dream,” CNET writes, explaining that “the Steam Deck skips using Windows entirely, however, while other manufacturers like Asus with its ROG Ally, and now Lenovo’s Legion Go are essentially handheld Windows gaming PCs.”

What sets the Legion Go apart, CNET says, are its detachable controllers.

The Legion Go’s technical specs appear to give it an edge over Steam Deck, CNET writes, citing its AMD Ryzen Z1 processor and large, 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution display with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz,” emphasizing that it “crushes the Steam Deck’s 720p screen.”

The Legion Go’s 1TB internal storage (maximum) is twice that of Steam Deck’s top configuration, while its microSD card supports up to 2TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

The controllers work wirelessly when detached, “similar to the Switch’s Joy-Cons,” CNET points out, noting that Lenovo “adds a clever touch by having the controller dock to a base to turn it into a throttle-like joystick.”

In addition to the kickstand and dock, another way to play remotely is the new display-enabled glasses. Sold separately as an accessory, the Legion Glasses “can float a virtual display in the air similar to how the Steam Deck already supports plugged-in smart glasses,” per CNET.

The In-Ear Headphones provide “private surround sound” with “tight, punchy bass,” according to the press release from Lenovo. And while the 49.2Wh battery “is bigger than those of the ROG Ally and the Steam Deck,” claims The Verge, CNET notes the device is heavy (1.9 pounds with the controllers attached).

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