Lenovo Legion Go gaming handheld released: AMD Ryzen Z1 Series, 8.8″ QHD+ screen and removable gamepads

Published: Oct 31st 2023, 14:25 GMT   Comments

Legion GO: New AMD Ryzen Z1 handheld enters the game

The competition among AMD-based gaming systems is now even tougher. 

Today, Lenovo has officially launched its Legion Go handheld gaming device. This is their first attempt at Windows handheld gaming devices. This new system is entering a competitive market, but Lenovo has taken steps to make it stand out.

The Legion Go boasts an impressive 8.8 QHD+ screen with a resolution of 2560×1600, which is twice as high Valve’s Steam Deck. Notably, the screen offers a high 144 Hz refresh rate, surpassing even the ROG Ally’s 1080/120Hz display. It also provides a wide color gamut coverage of 97% DCI-P3 and supports 10-point touch input. It’s worth noting that this screen is optimized for portrait mode, which may lead to slightly reduced text clarity. However, for the fast-paced gaming experience it was designed for, this may not be a significant concern.

Legion Go, Source: Lenovo

Under the hood, the CPU is based on AMD Phoenix silicon, customized for power-efficient gaming, resulting in lower TDP profiles compared to standard Ryzen 7040 laptop chips. The Legion Go will be available in two versions, one with the Ryzen Z1 Extreme and the other with the non-Extreme APUs. The former features 8 Zen4 cores with a boost clock of up to 5.1 GHz, while the latter is a 6-core Zen4 variant with a boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz. The non-Extreme variant is based on a different silicon, known as Phoenix2, which combines Zen4 and Zen4c microarchitectures. Importantly, the GPU power varies between these versions, with the Ryzen Z1 Extreme boasting 12 RDNA3 Compute Units at up to 2.7 GHz, while the cheaper variant has only 4 CUs and a 2.5 GHz GPU clock, which may be insufficient for the 1600p screen.

Legion Go, Source: Lenovo

In terms of memory, the egion Go offers up to 16GB of LPDDR5X-7500 memory, surpassing the speeds of the Ally and Deck. Memory bandwidth is often a bottleneck in integrated graphics performance, as the GPU shares it with system memory. When it comes to storage, the system is available with either 512GB or 1TB for the Ryzen Z1 Extreme. A 256GB version was mentioned earlier but is currently not available. The platform uses the M.2 2242 form factor with a PCIE Gen4 interface. Users can expand the storage using the SD card slot, supporting up to 2TB of additional storage. Notably, retailers like BestBuy offer an upgrade option to 2TB for the main storage, priced at around $100.

An interesting feature that sets the Legion Go apart from the Ally or Deck is its removable controllers, similar to the Nintendo Switch. These controllers can also function as a mouse, improving precision in first-person shooters. Additionally, the system supports external GPUs through its USB Type-C connector, a clear advantage over the ROG Ally, which only supports proprietary ROG XG graphics.

Legion Go, Source: Lenovo

Overall, the Legion Go offers several advantages and is a valuable addition to the high-end handheld gaming platform. It’s likely to exert pressure on competitors like ASUS and AYANEO to reconsider their pricing. Furthermore, this is also a significant step for AMD, expanding their console ecosystem even further. So, can the next-generation Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck even compete? Only time will tell.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzLenovo Legion GoAYANEO KunASUS ROG AllyValve Steam Deck
ArchitectureAMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen2 & RDNA2
APURyzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1

6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
Ryzen 7 7840U
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
AMD Van Gogh
4C/8T up to 3.5 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz (Z1E)
4CU @ 2.5 GHz (Z1)
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz [1]
4CU @ 2.5 GHz [2]
8CU @ 1.6 GHz
SoC TDP9-30W15-54W9-30W4-15W
External GPUUSB4TBCROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090)Not officially
Memory Capacity16GB LPDDR5X-750016GB/32GB/64GB16GB LPDDR5-640016GB LPDDR5-5500
Storage Capacity1TB/512GB512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB512GB[1]/256GB[2]256GB/512GB SSD
Storage TypeM.2 NVMe 2242 SSD PCIe 4×4M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD PCIe 4×4M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
eMMC PCIe Gen2x1
Display8.8″ 2560×1600 IPS, 144Hz (VRR), 500 nits8.4″ 2560×1600, 500 nits7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms7″ 1280×800, 60Hz
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2Wi-Fi 5, BT 5
Battery49.2 Wh, 900 mAh (controllers)75 Wh40 Wh, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion40 Wh
Weight854g / 1.87 lbs900g /2 lbs608g / 1.34 lbs669g / 1.47 lbs
Dimensions (LxWxH)29.9 x 13.1 x 4.1 cm
11.8 x 5.2 x 1.6 in
31.2 x 13.3 x 2.2 cm
12.3 x 5.24 x 0.87 in
28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm
11.0 x 4.5 x 1.5 in
29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm
11.7 x 4.6 x 1.9 in
Default OSWindows 11Windows 11Windows 11Steam OS/Win 11
Retail Price?(Z1+16G+256GB)
$1,209 (16G+512GB)
$1,319 (32G+1TB)
$1,429 (32G+2TB)
$1,949 (64G+4T)
$599/€699  (Z1+16G+256GB)
$699/€799 (Z1E+16G+512GB)
$399/€419 (16G+64GB)
$529/€549 (16G+256GB)
$649/€679 (16G+512GB)
Release DateOctober 31, 2023October 2023June 2023 [1]
September 2023 [2]
February 2022

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