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The Unreleased Lenovo Legion Play Gaming Handheld and the Potential Revival of Lenovo’s Handheld Dreams

Earlier this year, Lenovo's gaming handheld device, the Legion Play, emerged as a failed prototype, leading many to believe that Lenovo had given up on their handheld gaming ideas. However, it seems that Lenovo's dreams of creating a handheld gaming device might be revived with the introduction of the Legion Go portable gaming machine.

While the name Legion Go might sound like a Pokemon game, it is definitely easier to pronounce than some of its competitors, such as the AOKZOE A1 Pro. The real question, though, is how the Legion Go's specifications and capabilities will compare to other competing handhelds, like the Asus ROG Ally and the Steam Deck.

Unlike Lenovo's previous attempt, the Legion Play, which was set to be an Android-based device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, the Legion Go is rumored to be a Windows 11-based gaming handheld featuring one of AMD's portable, hybrid Phoenix processors. The exact core configuration is still uncertain, but it is likely to be an eight-core, 16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, similar to the AOKZOE A1.

The performance of the Legion Go will depend on factors such as screen size and other specifications. Speculations suggest that it could potentially achieve 37 fps averages in games like Cyberpunk 2077, if the screen size and rest of the specs are favorable. The Legion Go is expected to have an 8-inch display, larger than the ROG Ally but matching the A1 Pro. The resolution and refresh rate, however, remain unknown.

The original Legion Play prototypes, which were inspired by Nintendo and had a curvy aesthetic, were spotted being sold in China. Although the project did not come to fruition, it provides an idea of the potential design direction for the Legion Go. Lenovo might choose to move away from the bubbly look and opt for a sharper design to match the upgraded specifications.

As fans eagerly wait for updates on the Legion Go, there are hopes that Lenovo will increase the RAM from the Play's 4GB and possibly enhance the size of the 1080p display.