The Legion Fights Against the Allies!

Now that’s a game title worth purchasing

Handheld consoles are on the rage again. The Steam Deck amplified it and clearly gamers love it, so other companies like ASUS and Lenovo, want a piece of that pie. This trend is either a fad or a revolution. No in-between. This makes gaming phones feel redundant because their purpose has been dwarfed by these more powerful handheld consoles. We’re not talking about the Nintendo Switch nor the PSP. These consoles use Windows or a Linux-based operating system and what’s more, they can handle programs your computer can handle. It’s like living the dream.

Lenovo has released their competitor, the Legion Go. It is named this way because the Legion line is a series of laptops and the Legion Go is a more portable and a smaller version of those yet retaining powerful specs. One thing this has that neither the ROG Ally nor Steam Deck have is its removable controls, so similar to the Joycon. At least now you can play like a Nintendo Switch for real. Just boot up Yuzu and you’re good to go.

The console features an 8.8-inch IPS LCD screen with 2560x1600px resolution. That’s 3x more than the Deck. The screen also has 144Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection so smashing the console on the floor… will still break it but will break less, for all the ragequitting gamers out there.

As with all consoles, there’s a D-Pad located at the left side and ABXY buttons at the right. A joystick is located just below these buttons. The Start and Menu keys are located below the D-Pad.

With the controllers attached, the console weighs 854 grams, it’s a tad heavier than the ROG Ally which measures 604 grams.

Just like the ROG Ally, the console runs a portable version of Windows 11 and uses the AMD Ryzen Z1 chip with up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM (7500mHz) and up to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD storage. It uses a 2-cell 49Whr battery and a USB-C 4.0 port which supports DisplayPort 1.4 and allows you to stream content on a large 4K screen just by connecting the appropriate accessory. It also has a headphone jack, a MicroSD Card slot (up to 2TB) and another USB-C 4.0 port at the bottom.

For sound, it has a stereo speaker system, both at 2W. In addition, it has a dual-array near-field microphone with noise cancellation. For connectivity, it features Wi-Fi 6/6e and Bluetooth 5.1. It has a 6-axis gyroscope and an X-Axis linear motor for tactile feedback.

Inside the box is the 65W Power Adapter, a carrying case, and the controllers. The console itself is like a tablet but you can attach controllers at the side. By pre-ordering, you can get 3 months of XBOX Game Pass.

It comes in Shadow Black. In the United States, the console can be pre-ordered for USD 699.99 (~PHP 39.8K) (16/512). The 16/1TB variant costs USD 749.99 (~PHP 42.6K). There’s no availability in the Philippines just yet. In comparison, the ROG Ally is a lot more affordable, starting at USD 599 (~PHP 34K) and USD 699 (~PHP 39.7K) for the Z1 and Z1 Extreme versions respectively. There’s no 1TB variant of the ROG Ally.

The ROG Ally is also available in the Philippines, starting at PHP 39,995 for the 16/512 Z1 variant and PHP 43,995 for the 16/512 Z1 Extreme variant.

Source: Lenovo US