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// Lenovo has high hopes for its handheld
Fergus Halliday
Mar 28, 2024
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Lenovo isn’t ready to announce a second-generation version of its gaming handheld yet, but the early signs suggest the Legion Go has a bright future ahead of it.

Speaking to Reviews.org at the company’s Innovate 2024 event in Thailand, Lenovo’s Clifford Chong said that the team was “very heartened by the response we have [seen] for the Legion Go.”

Chong added that the strong commercial and critical reception to the product was a validating payoff to Lenovo’s bet on a bigger screen as a unique selling point. Although that larger display wasn’t the only difference between the company’s competitors to the Valve Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally, it was one of the most tangible differences.

That said, this specific design choice wasn’t universally popular within Lenovo.

“When we were developing the product…it was not an easy decision to go with an 8.8-inch screen,” Chong revealed.

“It was quite controversial within our teams to come to the conclusion to go with an 8.8-inch screen,” he said.

In our review of the Lenovo Legion Go, the QHD 144hz display was a highlight. From Lenovo’s perspective though, the launch of its gaming handheld is just the beginning.

“Over the span of the last six months, we have unlocked lots of experiences and there are still engineering efforts to bring the next wave of features to the product,” Chong said.

Looking forward, he said that the handheld gaming PC category was one that Lenovo sees a lot of potential in.

“We are looking toward — when the time comes — having a next-generation [model] to provide even more and better features,” he said.

The same can't necessarily be said of the Lenovo Legion Glasses that the Legion Go launched alongside.

“We are continuing to look into that [AR and VR] space but, in the grand scheme of things, it’s still very niche. It’s not really taken the world by storm. I think most average users have not even tried something like that," Chong said.

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Disclosure: the author of this piece traveled to Thailand as a guest of Lenovo.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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