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The ROG Ally finally has a serious contender

by Warren

At IFA 2023, Lenovo has officially introduced the Legion Go, a long rumored handheld gaming PC that we reported a few weeks ago and the direct answer to ASUS’ ROG Ally.

Powered by the same AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor mated to 16GB of LPDDR5X-7500MHz RAM, the Legion Go features a much larger 8.8-inch QHD+ 144Hz 16:10 Lenovo PureSight gaming display that pushes 500 nits peak brightness and covers 97% DCI-P3 color gamut.

With a larger form factor, the Legion Go is obviously packed with a large 49.2Wh battery, though Lenovo hasn’t officially stated its battery life on a single charge, it has boasted its Super Rapid Charge feature that can fast charge to 70% in 30 minutes, the device also has a power bypass mode that protects the battery from degradation when plugged in.

In terms of thermals, the Legion Go is equipped with a liquid crystal polymer 79-blade fan to keep the device running cool at less than 25dB of fan noise, it also allows a full 25W TGP in Custom Mode.

What the Legion Go really beats the ROG Ally is its built-in kickstand and detachable Legion TrueStrike controllers, which features a trackpad surface like the Steam Deck that should improve navigation around Windows 11, and a dedicated FPS mode that essentially converts the controller into a vertical mouse with an included base to allow better gameplay in FPS game titles.

Also, the Legion Go has dual USB-C 4.0 ports that supports DisplayPort 1.4 and USB PD 3.0 charging, though these ports don’t support Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, it still makes it more versatile than the ROG Ally when it comes to charging the device and connecting peripherals at the same time.

With better features than the ROG Ally, the Lenovo Legion Go has a similar starting price as the former at US$699 (RM3,248), it will be available in the US sometime in October and no local availability has been announced by Lenovo Malaysia at this time of writing.

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