I have a Steam Deck, and Lenovo’s handheld could smoke it — here’s why

Lenovo Legion Go
(Image credit: Windows Report)

We found out Lenovo is working on its own Steam Deck competitor a while ago — known as the Legion Go. And now, images of the device have been seemingly leaked by Windows Report.

One thing seems to be clear about this new gaming handheld, especially given the fact that after one year, Valve’s Steam Deck is starting to feel tired. Simply put, Lenovo could toast Valve. Let me explain why.

Large and (sort of) in charge

Lenovo Legion Go

(Image credit: Windows Report)

The first thing you’ll notice from these leaked images is its resemblance to the Nintendo Switch, thanks to those detachable controller pads. Pair that with the kickstand round back, and I’m already seeing the huge benefits over the Steam Deck

No longer do I have to carry around a couple controllers for multiplayer action, and I won’t have to try and play this uncomfortably on my lap during long haul travel! Trust me when I say that the neck pain of craning over a display is real after a few hours.

Lenovo Legion Go

(Image credit: Windows Report)

Then we get onto the size of this device — this thing is thicc. Other devices like the Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally have been kept slim at the sacrifice of battery life, but the fact this has been made a little chunkier makes me confident we’ll see an improved stamina in this machine. Although, the additional screen real estate (it’s an 8-inch display) may counteract that slightly.

And finally, the controllers themselves. Beyond the touchpad on the right-side, there are so many more programmable buttons on Lenovo’s machine — covering the edges and the back. For some PC titles, this is going to be a godsend in terms of simplifying interactions that you just can’t pull off on the Steam Deck.

Outlook

Lenovo Legion Go

(Image credit: Windows Report)

There is a lot to be encouraged by here, and a lot for Valve to sweat about. From the Windows 11 support of all games libraries and the detachable controllers, to the thickness suggesting a bigger battery and that 8-inch screen, Lenovo has seemingly covered all bases with the Legion Go.

As for when we may see this device appear, there’s no rumored launch window for it just yet. But when we do start hearing the rumbles, you best believe we’ll be reporting on all the latest news.

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Jason England
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Jason brought a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag, and he is now the Managing Editor of Computing at Tom's Guide. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.