Unannounced Lenovo Android Gaming Prototypes Sold in China

Prototypes of a Lenovo handheld gaming console, reportedly known as the Legion Play, went on a seemingly unauthorized sale in China, based on experiences from Lilliputing  and YouTuber Taki Udon. The latter bought one and posted a YouTube video with a reasonably deep hands-on.Taki Udon wrote that he bought the mannequin for “round $160,” and mentioned in the video that after being proven photos, he acquired it in the mail shrouded in bubble wrap. That value is probably going far decrease than what the gadget would have offered for if it was ever formally launched.Luckily, a giant sticker on the again of Udon’s gadget lists among the specs, suggesting this gadget was codenamed “Zelda.” Back in 2021, Liliputing famous that there have been some hidden references to the Legion Play on Lenovo’s web site round Mobile World Congress 2021, which instructed a 7-inch, 16:9 show, HDR10, twin audio system, vibration, and a 7,000 mAh battery. Udon’s mannequin, which comes in blue, does seem to fulfill these specs. In Udon’s video, you’ll be able to see that the system got here with 64GB of storage.In Aida64, Udon discovered that the Legion is operating a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor (the identical chip in the Logitech G Cloud) and 4GB of RAM. It seems to be operating Android 11, one other similarity to the G Cloud. The major distinction is that this prototype helps show out over USB Type-C, which the G Cloud doesn’t.Parts of the UI appear like inventory Android, however it’s fairly closely personalized and in some methods appears to be influenced by the Nintendo Switch’s minimalistic UI. There’s additionally an software from Tencent that seems to be extraordinarily comparable one on the Logitech G Cloud. For some recreation demos, together with emulation, you must take a look at the total video.Udon appeared to largely just like the bodily gadget, although he mentioned he want to have seen higher rubber on the D-Pad and taller A/B/X/Y buttons.It’s unclear why Lenovo by no means launched the Legion Play. As each Udon and Liliputing level out, this prototype seems to be from 2021, and if the corporate was ready to launch at Mobile World Congress that 12 months, it could have been earlier than Valve’s Steam Deck was ever introduced (that x86-based gaming machine in July 2021). Since then, Logitech has launched the G Cloud, and at CES Razer launched the Razer Edge. Both of these units run on Android and are cloud-focused for gaming on Xbox Game Pass and Nvidia GeForce Now.As for a way a batch of those Lenovo prototypes went on sale in China, we might by no means know. But those that had been in the know as these units went on sale now have a bizarre piece of Lenovo’s historical past.


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