Lenovo, too, is throwing its hat in the ring with the Legion Go, a chunky Windows 11-powered device that offers a large display, Hall Effect joysticks (which can be removed à la Nintendo Switch), powerful processor chips, QHD resolution at 144Hz, and much more.

Key Features of the Lenovo Legion Go

  • Lenovo PureSight 8.8″ QHD display at 144Hz and 500 nits of peak brightness
  • AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor
  • Handheld, FPS, and Detachable modes
  • Efficient cooling and ultra-thin heatsink fins
  • Mappable buttons and trackpad
  • 2x2W speaker system

What is the Price of the Lenovo Legion Go in UAE and Saudi Arabia

The Lenovo Legion Go comes in two versions: the 512GB version costs $699, while the 1TB version costs $749. The price of the Lenovo Legion Go in UAE is AED 3,199 for the 1TB version, which is the only model releasing in the Middle East. 7

Lenovo Legion Go Specs

ProcessorAMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor (3.30Ghz up to 5.10Ghz)
Screen Size8.8″ QHD, IPS, Touchscreen, 97% DCI-P3, 500 nits
Resolution and Refresh Rate2560×1200 at 144Hz
Graphics CardIntegrated AMD Radeon Graphics
Memory16GB LPDDR5X-7500Mhz (soldered)
Storage512GB/1TB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4
WLANWiFi 6E 2×2 AX, and Bluetooth 5.1
HDRNo
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home 64
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.1 or above, 3.5mm headphone jack
WeightBase module: 640; Base module w/controllers: 854g
Extra Add-ons3 month Xbox Game Pass

Nintendo Switch Meets PC Handheld

One of Legion Go’s distinguishing features that sets it apart from competitors is that it can be used in the standard handheld mode and in detachable mode like the Nintendo Switch.

The cylindrical-shaped controllers are designed to be comfortable for long gaming sessions, giving you a comfortable fit in your palm, while the 12-degree slants of the upper two corners ensure that your index fingers rest naturally on the shoulder buttons. Lenovo claims that the “large, precisely spaced buttons” should be comfortable for 95% of the users.

Moreover, these controllers can be detachable to give users more options to play. However, unlike the Nintendo Switch, these controllers do not have haptic or gyro support, and hence, the choice is there to provide “optimal viewing angles and game comfortably” when you want to set up the console on a desk on its flip-out kickstand. With the handheld weighing nearly 1kg, this is a good feature.

Additionally, Lenovo includes a ‘controller base’ that lets you attach the controller to a magnetic stand “to elevate your control & wrist” for FPS gaming.

PC Power in the Palm of Your Hands

Equipped with the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor, 16GB DDR5 RAM and up to 1TB M.2 SSD, the Legion Go is designed to run even the latest AAA games with ease. So, if you want to explore the neon-tinted streets of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077 or swing around New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man, the Legion Go should be quite effective in churning out playable frame rates at medium-low settings.

Thanks to the built-in performance monitor settings, users can adjust the resolution and power throughput on the fly to get the best out of the handheld console.

The 8.8″ QHD display – one of the largest on a handheld console – provides up to 97% DCI-P3 coverage, 500 nits of peak brightness, and 144Hz refresh rate for sharp imagery and buttery smooth gameplay. The screen offers three resolutions: 1280×800, 1920×1200, and 2560×1200, and due to the relatively small screen size, the change in resolution is hardly noticeable. Hence, on an especially demanding game, you can set it to the lowest screen resolution and still enjoy sharp image quality and punchy colours without compromising on any visual fidelity.

The Hall Effect

The Lenovo Legion Go is one of the few handheld consoles to offer Hall Effect-equipped joysticks. The biggest advantage of Hall Effect joysticks is that, unlike standard joysticks, they do not suffer from the ‘stick drift’ issue.

Hall Effect uses magnets to detect stick movement, providing accurate movements and a smoother feel, but the lack of many moving parts means that it isn’t prone to any wear and tear over time. Another big advantage of Hall Effect joysticks is the smaller dead zone area. Unlike analog joysticks, which require some degree of dead zone area to compensate for the eventual stick drift issue, Hall Effect does not need that and, hence, has a smaller dead zone area, resulting in a more responsive gameplay experience.

Play Cool While Staying Cool

Lenovo has taken measures to prevent the Legion Go from heating up and causing discomfort over longer gaming sessions. For one, the thickness of the joysticks means that your fingers will most likely be away from the main body of the console. Lenovo’s heatsink and airflow design ensures that heat is centralized in one area and doesn’t spread into unwanted parts of the console.

The Legion Go also features plenty of airflow (two vents on the top and a full panel on the back). In Quiet Mode, Lenovo claims the fans produce under 25db of noise. Of course, you can crank up the fan speed from the settings menu, which does have a noticeable effect on the temperature (around 5C on the GPU), which can be used if a game is particularly tasking and needs an extra bit of juice from the handheld.

Lenovo Legion Go Alternatives

Steam Deck is the gold standard for PC handheld devices. Its biggest advantage is its popularity, which means many developers will try to natively support their games for the device (hence, earning it the ‘Steam Deck Verified’ on the Steam page).

Specs-wise, the Legion Go has it beat, however. With a 7″ 1080p display, 400 nits peak brightness and 60Hz refresh rate support, and a slightly older AMD Zen 2 chip, the Steam Deck won’t be able to match Legion Go in sheer performance. However, the new Steam Deck OLED version, which features a 7″ HDR OLED panel, better battery life and some additional tweaks, could give Legion Go a run for its money.

The Asus ROG Ally features the same processor as Legion Go, along with native Windows support. However, at a similar price point, Legion Go’s better and larger screen size (8.8″ vs 7″), higher screen resolution (QHD vs 1080p), Hall Effect joysticks, and bigger battery is simply a better deal overall.

Should You Buy the Lenovo Legion Go?

Whether or not the Lenovo Legion Go musters up enough popularity to compete with the Steam Deck remains to be seen, but as an overall product, it seems like it has checked all the right boxes.

The AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor (the same one found on the Asus ROG Ally) offers excellent performance while remaining relatively efficient in terms of power draw. It should be able to play the latest AAA games – even the most demanding ones like Cyberpunk 2077 – at reasonably high frame rates at medium-low settings.

The bigger screen is also a big bonus, allowing you to immersive sell with an 8.8″ 2560×1600 display that supports 144Hz (if you can run a game at that frame rate) and 500 nits of peak brightness.

Another advantage of the Legion Go is the inclusion of the Hall Effect joysticks. Unlike traditional joysticks, these have a much lesser chance of developing the dreaded ‘stick drift’ issue that plagues even the most modern controllers like the PlayStation 5’s DualSense.

The Legion Go runs on Windows 11, which can be advantageous and disadvantageous. Having native Windows 11 compatibility means you can run any of the regular apps and other storefronts besides Steam (such as Epic Games, Origin, etc.) without looking for hacks like one would with a Steam Deck. Legion Go can also become a solid Xbox Game Pass Cloud device when the service is available in the UAE and the Middle East.

The disadvantage here is Windows itself – with a lack of focus on a mobile-friendly version of Windows from Microsoft, navigating around the menus – even with a trackpad or touchscreen – can be a pain, and one can never be too sure which random driver update could break what part of the Windows installation in the future.

Let us know which portable device you plan on picking up in the comments below.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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