8.8-Inch Windows Gaming Handheld Lenovo Legion Go Unveiled With AMD Ryzen Z1 Processor

The IFA trade show officially kicked off in Berlin Germany today, and with that we got the expected unveiling of Lenovo's first Windows handheld gaming device, the Lenovo Legion Go:

The screen size is 8.8 inches, and the device is 20mm thick and specialized for gaming, so Lenovo refrains from calling it a Windows tablet. But it will launch with a price of €799 in November, so it obviously has good specs. Which means that some people will for sure use it as a Windows tablet too.

So let's have a look at the combination of specifications for this handheld Windows 11 device.

The Lenovo Legion Go has a display resolution of 2560 x 1600, with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits brightness, 97% DCI-P3, and full 10-point touch screen. So that's already very impressive.

It won't have just one type of processor though. There will be choices of AMD Ryzen Z1 series CPU's up to a AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor with AMD RNDA graphics processor. And not only that, but it will launch with up to 16GB of LPDDR5x RAM working at a very snappy 7500 Mhz, in conjunction with 256GB/512GB/1TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.

That raises the question of power supply, and it's equipped with a 2-cell 49.2WHr battery with 65W USB-C charging and Super Rapid Charge support. The controllers have their own 900 mAh batteries too so they can be used detached from the base.

The fan has the “whisper mode” setting that keeps the fan underneath 25dB, but when pressed to the max the liquid crystal polymer 79-blade fan will go above that. So it will be fun to see just how hard the Legion Go can be pressed in a test.

And as a gaming handheld it has pretty powerful 2W stereo speakers, dual array mics, the latest Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2. Though no word on cellular options.

It has one USB-C 4.0 port on the top, and another one at the bottom which also doubles as a DisplayPort. And there's also a 3.5mm audio combo jack and a microSD card slot with support up to 2TB.

The Gamepad controllers offers more buttons than what is average, so having a few extra shortcuts can help speed up gaming, and the right controller even has a touchpad on the front, and a mouse wheel on the back.

If this has been one of Lenovo's good old 8-inch Windows tablets, it would weigh around 350 grams, but with all of this hardware and even a rear kickstand, it weighs 640 grams.

The price of the Lenovo Legion Go isn't too bad considering the price of its closest rivals of Window handhelds with AMD processor from One-Netbook and Asus.

– Tom Bowen