In context: It looks like we’re entering another golden age of handheld game consoles that hasn’t been seen since the heyday of the Game Boy, Game Gear, and Atari Lynx. With the Nintendo Switch already the seventh best-selling console of all time, just four years after its launch, and the Steam Deck hype in overdrive, it seems Lenovo is joining the party with its own portable machine.
Unlike Nintendo and Valve products, Lenovo Legion Play is an Android-based handheld. The company has yet to release any images, but Liliputing found that some had been uploaded to the company’s German and Japanese websites. They were supposed to be part of Lenovo’s Mobile World Congress 2021 presentation, but they never showed the device – Were you worried about the Steam Deck comparisons?
Links to the four Lenovo Legion Play images can be found in the source code of the company’s MWC websites, along with a description calling it “Android’s first cloud game console.” A 7-inch FHD 16: 9 bezel-less display, HDR 10, built-in drivers, dual speakers, dual vibration, and 7000 mAh battery are also mentioned.
Liliputing points out that Lenovo’s definition of “bezel-less” should differ from everyone else, as there are some pretty big bezels along all sides of the screen.
The image shows that the Lenovo Legion Play features two analog sticks, a D-pad, Y / X / A / B buttons, and shoulder buttons similar to Steam Deck, although the sticks are not aligned as in Valve’s product, but are they use an Xbox-style offset layout instead. There is also a USB Type-C port, a built-in microphone, and a 3.5mm audio jack, but no camera.
The Google Play store icon confirms that this is an Android-based device, which means access to many mobile games, and there are YouTube and Google Drive icons. We also see an icon for Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service, probably where the description for “Android cloud game console” comes from.
There are no specs for the Lenovo Legion Play, expect a phone-style Arm SoC, and there’s no indication of when the company plans to release it, assuming it ever does. There are several cheap Android handhelds available right now, none of which have set the world on fire. It will be interesting to see if Lenovo can stand out from the crowd or if its device goes unnoticed in the shadow of the Steam Deck and Switch.