Our friends over in the EMEA Legion Gaming Community hosted a great AMA with a product designer for the Lenovo Legion Go – Sergey Balashov.

As a reminder, all of the people that have gotten hands on with the Legion Go to date are not using final release units. The engineering samples have various issues with both hardware and software, and there will eventually be reviews with final hardware and software closer to the sales date. With that out of the way, here is the top ten questions that were asked the most that Sergey was able to answer. 

Q: Will you be releasing anything to hold the controllers together when they are detached from the Go?  

A: Our controllers are bigger than people may think, and they are designed to be ergonomic on their own, without a holder. I understand that people with other (smaller) devices experience may want to get a holder, but with our controllers it was not planned, and those who held them mostly agree with us. However, for those who think they need it, and since the community asked, we are delivering in two ways! 1) We will develop one such holder (light plastic connector), with TBD final release timing  2)  We are currently planning to release its 3D-printing file out in public so enthusiasts are able to do one themselves easily.

We also plan to develop a powerbank-controller-holder for longer sessions, but timing here is TBD.

Q: Has Lenovo done internal thermal tests regarding any heat issues of using the MicroSD card reader while playing high demanding games while at higher TDPs? 

A: Oh yes, we are watching what happens closely. We absolutely did account for that.  

Q: Can you provide more insight into what went into the decision to make the battery the size it is?  

A: We knew right away that we aim for higher screen with thinner bezels, so we had some spare space in XY-axis . Then we understood that we aim for good cooling with a thick-height fan, giving us extra Z-axis space. Then we understood that we also aim for detachable controllers that will need some extra recharge capacity when attached. Given all the above choices, combined with extra power consumption of higher speed LPDDR5X and a bit higher energy consumption of the screen led to the natural choice of implementing a bigger battery. 

Q: What can you share about the expected battery life at this time?   

A: We aren’t able to provide final battery life numbers because the software and BIOS are not final which will affect things. Compared to other devices with smaller batteries, I definitely expect us to have more battery life because there are no major features that would eat more battery life compared to others. Screen size and refresh rate difference is not so much that it would affect the 20+% larger battery capacity.  

Just like any laptop, the battery life will vary A LOT depending on how you use it. Everything from screen brightness, refresh rates, to WiFi/Sound have an impact. I'd say limiting TDP, putting brightness to lower level, switching to 60Hz and using headphones will really extend your usage scenario a lot. If you will use it as a pure Windows tablet watching movies, I assume (no confirming!) it may last you the whole 8-hr day or more. On the opposite end, if you turn everything to the max, and really crunch the numbers - You have 49Whr battery, so if you set your TDP to 20W, then add max brightness screen (let's say 5W to be over the top), sound 4W, WiFi 1W, you just got yourself 20+5+4+1 = 30W. So 49Whr divided by 30W = 1.6 hours.

Q: Does the 8.8” screen support HDR or Dolbyvision 

A: Technically the screen has 500 nits of brightness, so HDR400 should be possible, but we did not put any formal certifications such as HDR400 or DolbyVision. 

Q: What type of SSD is it using, and will it be easy to replace for a bigger SSD?  

A: It's 2242, which is already quite a popular format, and will be even more popular next year. It is also quite easy to upgrade - the back lid opens easier than on laptops, and the SSD basically stares at you from there.  

That said, Lenovo is only covering factory defects as a warranty, meaning the warranty can not cover any damage that is inflicted by user or by the drive that the user installed. 

Q: What durability testing has been done on the controller detach and attach, as well as the hinge mechanism.  

A: Currently it is tested in five-digit numbers count and going up, both for hinge and for controllers detach mechanisms. For perspective: if you attach/detaching controllers 5 times a day, every day, that is minimum of 5.5 years of happy attaching/detaching. Minimum, not average. The hinge works for even more cycles past that.  

Q: Will the Legion Go have VRR?  

A: No, there is no VRR, and there will be no VRR. The leaks here were wrong, and have confused many people. There were also some errors on Legion Go pages that have been corrected. VRR is not a main feature for such a fast screen on a handheld and we focused on other things instead like size, refresh rate, color coverage, resolution and so on.  

Q: Are there plans to make a dock for the Legion Go?  

A: Yes, the dock is in the works and will target many usecases but especially the “TV Console” and “PC Battlestation” usage modes, where you attach everything you have (screen/KB/Mouse/etc) to the Legion Go. The launch timing for the dock is still TBD.  

Q: Do you have options for an FPS limiter in the software 

A: FPS limiter should be handled via an AMD driver, but we do offer a TDP slider in quick menu that allows you to quickly tune how much of the power budget you want to allocate to processing, which will define the performance level. The software will also allow for Radeon Super Resolution and Radeon Integer Scaling (if AMD driver will allow it) within the quick menu. Overall the software improvement is a continuous process and there is never truly a ‘final’ state.  

  • Thanks for putting this together! Sergey answers were on point and the questions were great!!

  • This looks so amazing!

  • Thanks for posting this FAQ. I found it helpful.

  • The final hardware and software will be updated later, I get that.   But can we get an idea of the software base?   By this I mean is it going to be a straight handheld gaming PC that will run any modern laptop or more of a specialty kind of thing?    I didn't bother going to research this, as I would rather hear it from y'all.  

  • Looking forward to learning more about this.