What a weird and oddly specific sentence. It runs Android, so it’s a little redundant to the regular Legion Phone.
At the height of the popularity of the Nintendo Switch comes the Steam Deck, a Linux-based mobile console that lets users play Steam games on the go. Of course with the popularity of it, there would be clones. Considering phones now are more than capable to play more demanding titles, it’s no surprise that Android-based mobile consoles are coming back. The Xperia Play was one of the earliest iterations. But since Android wasn’t ready for demanding games during that time, it flopped. It was a neat concept though.
There are rumours that Lenovo is developing an Android-based mobile console called the Legion Play. We believe the reason why this doesn’t run Windows or Linux was probably compatibility and stability issues. This makes the Legion Play a little redundant in our honest opinion to the already powerful Legion Phone series of gaming handsets. The console was never presented during this year’s Mobile World Congress. The console did appear on the MWC website in its source code. It has the following description:
“Designed for AAA gaming, the Lenovo Legion Play is the first Android cloud gaming console. The console lets users play hundreds of cloud games, stream their game library, or play mobile games. It features a 7″ 16:9 FHD bezel-less display, HDR 10, built-in controllers, dual speakers, dual vibration, and 7000mAh battery to provide the best gaming experience. Our developer program is open to all game developers. Coming soon in select markets.”
However, is it really a clone? According to the source code, the Lenovo Legion Play can handle both AAA PC titles and mobile titles, as well as stream them, all at the same time. For the display, the console packs a 7in. FHD+ bezel-less display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and HDR10 support. There’s also dual speakers coming with the console.
As this is intended for playing highly demanding games, there should be a crispy long-lasting battery. Indeed it has, but it’s a little lower than we expected. It has a 7000mAh battery akin to most Android tablets. Unlike the Switch, the controllers are permanently attached to the console.
As seen from the image above, it appears that the console would be using an NVIDIA GPU because it supports NVIDIA GeForce Now. It runs a modified Android with an interface similar to Windows 10. It’s clearly Android because the icon for Google Play is present, as well as, oddly, the icon for Samsung’s browser.