At the IFA 2023 tech event, Lenovo announced the Legion Go, its new handheld with the same setup as Nintendo Switch and gaming laptops like Valve’s Steam Deck. Lenovo Legion Go will launch in October with a starting retail price of $699 USD.
The Lenovo Legion Go stands out from its other gaming laptops thanks to a detachable gamepad called the Legion TrueStrike along with a kickstand on the back of the device. Legion TrueStrike features a D-Pad, mouse wheel, ten programmable buttons, fire buttons, and grips, plus two joysticks per controller. To make sure the controller doesn’t suffer from the same drift issues as the Switch, Lenovo has confirmed that the Legion TrueStrike uses a Hall-effect joystick.
Lenovo notes that the Legion Go has an 8.8-inch QHD+ IPS display with touchscreen support. Along with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and M.2 SSD storage in three capacities: 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Lenovo also confirmed that the device has a MicroSD card slot, allowing users to expand up to 2TB of additional storage. Legion Go installs with AMD Ryz1 Extreme CPU, RDNA graphics architecture, and Windows 11 operating system.
Even more interesting, Lenovo mentioned the FPS mode available in the Legion Go. The company describes this as a mode that allows device owners to remove the display controller and use a kickstand on the back to prop up the device. The right TrueStrike controller is then placed on a magnetic base with an optical eye on the bottom right of the controller, providing “more precise aiming and control”, similar to a gaming mouse.