Lenovo announced the launch of the Legion Go portable set-top box. The new product will compete in the market with solutions such as Steam Deck from Valve, ROG Ally from ASUS, as well as numerous consoles from AyaNeo. There is something about Legion Go that attracts buyers.
The console is equipped with an 8.8-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels, which is twice the screen resolution of the same Steam Deck. Notably, the Legion Go display supports a 140Hz refresh rate, while the ASUS ROG Ally console’s screen has a 1080p resolution and supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Lenovo’s console screen also claims that it covers 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and supports 10-point input.
The device is based on an AMD Phoenix series processor. This is a custom chip optimized for energy efficiency and different from the regular Ryzen 7040 series mobile processors lower TDP. Legion Go will be available in two variants: with the Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor or with the Ryzen Z1 processor. The first is equipped with eight Zen 4 cores with a frequency of up to 5.1 GHz. The second uses a different Phoenix-2 crystal and has six cores (Zen 4 and Zen 4c) with a frequency of 4.9 GHz. The integrated graphics of the chips are also different. Ryzen Z1 Extreme has 12 execution units on the RDNA 3 architecture with a frequency of up to 2.7 GHz, while the Ryzen Z1 received only four units on the same graphics architecture and with a frequency of up to 2.5 GHz, which for modern Models are hardly enough to play games in a resolution of 1600p.
The set-top box also offers 16GB of LPDDR5X-7500 memory. It is faster than the RAM of the ROG Ally (LPDDR5-6400) and Steam Deck (LPDDR5-5500) consoles. Additionally, Legion Go is ready to offer SSD capacity of 512GB or 1TB. A version with a 256 GB drive was previously mentioned by the manufacturer, but did not go on sale. The console uses M.2 2242 format drives with a PCIe 4.0 interface. The set-top box’s permanent storage can be expanded up to 2TB by supporting SD memory cards.
An interesting feature of Legion Go that further differentiates it from ROG Ally and Steam Deck is the detachable controllers, similar to the Nintendo Switch. These controllers can replace a computer mouse and thus increase the aiming accuracy of shooters. In addition, the set-top box supports connecting external GPUs via the USB Type-C port, which is an advantage over the same ROG Ally, which also supports connecting external graphics cards, but only from ASUS itself via the proprietary ROG XG Mobile connection.
Overall, Legion Go is an interesting alternative to other portable consoles. The new product will be able to seriously compete with the consoles from ASUS and AyaNeo. The Legion Go version with the Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of permanent storage costs $699/€799, while the version with 1TB SSD was priced at $749/€799. It will be harder to compete with the aging but still relevant Steam Deck. Mainly because of the affordable price.