The Lenovo Legion Go doesn’t have a release date yet, but leaked images show an interesting handheld console.
Lenovo is said to be working on a new handheld gaming device called The Legion Go and high-quality images of the machine’s appearance have just leaked. These photos show a device that borrows inspiration from the current top consoles in the handheld console market (including Valve, Asus, and Ayaneo). While rumors about the Lenovo Legion Go have been circulating for about a month now, the company has not shared any information officially.
Since the launch of the Steam Deck back in February 2022, the handheld console market has exploded with new devices launching almost every month or two. These platforms allow gaming using Windows, which means gamers have access to the entire Steam, EA Play, Battle.net, or any other library of games in the palm of their hand. While the Steam Deck offers greater value, it’s not the most powerful handheld, especially considering the newer models from Asus and Ayaneo.
Lenovo seems to be trying to break into this rapidly growing market with the Legion Go. Windows Report has shared a high-resolution image of the design of the supposed Legion Go machine, some I/O, and the detachable Joy-Con-style controllers are the most interesting. It’s pretty clear that Lenovo took inspiration and design cues from the Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, ROG Ally, and Ayaneo devices.
The Legion Go can be seen having a large screen joined by two detachable controllers, much like the Nintendo Switch. Neither the Steam Deck nor the ROG Ally have a detachable controller. The left controller contains the d-pad, joystick, and a few other buttons. The right controller is ABXY buttons, a joystick, and a trackpad like the Steam Deck. On the back, there are three extra buttons on each controller as well as what appear to be extra buttons on the side edges. The 3.5mm headphone jack, volume buttons, USB Type-C port, some ventilation holes and a fingerprint reader can be seen on the top edge of the Legion Go. It seems that the machine also has a USB Type-C port at the bottom.
Another interesting design choice that Lenovo has made is to add a plastic footrest to stand on the side like Microsoft Surface. Other than the Nintendo Switch, none of the handhelds mentioned above come with kickstands. However, the OnexPlayer 2 Pro is one of those machines that comes with a kickstand as well as a detachable controller.
Also according to Windows Report, Legion Go will come with an 8-inch screen. Steam Deck and ROG Ally have smaller 7-inch screens. Exact specifications for the Legion Go display and configuration are unclear at this point. The only thing we do know is that it will support Windows 11 in addition to detachable controllers, suggesting that touchscreens that are quite common with handheld gaming devices are also present. And for gamers who want RGB lighting, there’s a ring of light under each joystick.
As of now we have no information on a release date for Legion Go. Gamers should note that this is not Lenovo’s first attempt at a handheld gaming device, but their first real handheld console, the Legion Play, was never released. . That device is an Android-based handset with a 7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon processor, and 4GB of RAM. This time around, it looks like Lenovo intends to make a big splash in the handheld game console space.