The Lenovo Legion Y700 is an Android tablet designed for gaming. It’s the first gaming tablet from Lenovo, and might actually be the first Android tablet from any company designed specifically for gaming since NVIDIA discontinued its Shield line of tablets.

Lenovo has been dropping teasers for the tablet for months, and now the company has officially launched the Lenovo Legion Y700 in China where it will sells for 2,299 CNY ($360) and up. Update: The Legion Y700 is also now available for purchase outside of China for around $500 and up.

Lenovo Legion Y700 specs
Display8.8 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
LCD
120 Hz refresh rate
240 Hz touch sampling rate
100% DCI-P3 color gamut
HDR10
500 nits
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 870
RAM8GB or 12GB LPDDR5
Storage128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1
Cameras13MP (rear)
8MP (front)
Battery6,550 mAh
Charging45W
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
OtherStereo JBL speakers w/Dolby Atmos
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port
3.5mm audio jack
microSD card slot
Dimensions207.1 x 128.1 x 7.9mm
Weight375 grams
Price8GB/128GB for 2,199 CNY ($350)
12GB/256GB for 2,499 CNY ($400)

The Lenovo Legion Y700 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and features 12GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It has an 8.8 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel LCD display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate.

While the screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio, a Lenovo executive recently explained in a post on Chinese social media website Weibo that users will be able to adjust that aspect ratio at up to 21:9 in order to get more horizontal screen space.

This is accomplished by adding black bars above and below the window of a game, which basically means you’re losing some vertical space to get additional horizontal space. But since many smartphones have 20:9, 20:10, or 21:9 aspect ratios, this will allow you to use the tablet without missing out on content you might see if you were using such a phone.

Other features include a 6,550 mAh battery, 45 watt fast charging, JBL speakers, and support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio. And recent pictures show that the tablet has a SIM card slot, suggesting that it’ll support cellular data, at least in China.

The tablet has a brushed metal back, at least one USB-C port, a headphone jack, slim bezels around the display, and a single rear camera with an LED flash.

Pictures of the tablet also show relatively slim bezels around at least two sides of the display and a single rear camera with an LED flash.

Lenovo also hasn’t announced plans to release the Legion Y700 gaming tablet outside of China yet, but the company does have a track record of offering Android-powered gaming devices internationally.

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel and Legion Phone Duel 2 were both release in global markets, although they were never made widely available in North America, where Lenovo doesn’t typically sell phones bearing the company’s brand name (although since Motorola Mobility is a subsidiary of Lenovo, you can technically buy Lenovo phones in North America).

The company is also planning to launch a new gaming phone soon called the Lenovo Legion Y90. It’s expected to have a 6.92 inch AMOLED display with a 144 Hz screen refresh rate and 720 Hz touch sampling rate, two USB-C ports, and an air cooling system that seems to include a fan on the back of the phone.

This article was originally published December 22, 2021 and last updated February 28, 2022. 

via Weibo, GizmoChina (1)(2)(3)and NotebookCheck (1)(2)

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  1. Brad Linder: Thank you for this Well Explained Article of the Lenovo Legion Y700. Hope this Tablet would be available in a Global Version. Regards!

  2. What is it that makes this a “gaming tablet”? It doesn’t seem to have a top-end APU or a fancy cooling solution. Don’t get me wrong: it looks like it could be a nice tablet, but genuinely curious which feature makes it for gaming…

    1. High refresh rate screen
      High refresh rate touch sampling
      Offers ultra-wide resolutions (at the expense of letterboxing) to allow gamers to maintain the extra viewing angle that smartphone screens offer

      It doesn’t need fancy hardware to be a “gaming” tablet, the Snapdragon’s GPU is already pretty good. It should play most mobile games far above 60fps.

      Android gaming is pretty stale in terms of system requirements. There’s hardly any increase in system demand when it comes to the complexity of games out there. To meet the needs of mobile gamers, the only thing Lenovo needs to do is just offer a higher refresh display, and a few “quality of life” features.

    2. On lenovo website it does say ‘multiple layer heat conduction, 45357.7mm2 overall cooling area, 8500+mm2 VC area’

  3. While there’s only a few games that will benefit from these, like Genshin, gaming tabs seem to be the last bastion against the port-less fever that Apple is promoting. Which their competitors will be mocking and then end up copying.

    Yes, I was talking about Samsung. How did you guess? :/

  4. Looks promising as a replacement for my Huawei M3 mediapad which was ahead of it’s time using a bright 2560 x 1600 8.4 in display with harmon kardon speakers running a capable kirin processors with 4gb’s of ram and that came out like 5 or 6 years ago and the market for premium 8 inch tablets have gone south ever since. I’ve had zero issues with my M3 and the battery life is still around 95 percent capacity. If Huawei hadn’t bailed on North America, and moved up to 10 inch tablets, I would have still considered another one even with all the hubbub over Huawei. If Lenovo can provide the same display size and resolution with more up to date specs, plus 5g LTE, I would be seriously interested in this tablet.

  5. How’s Lenovo with respect to OS update and support? Since it will be Android, don’t know much about native games, currently all I can think of is Amazon Luna and Xbox Game pass, both are cloud based streaming. Just like those ROG and Razer, this is really for a niche market

  6. As others mention, this tablet is very interesting because of its small screen. If I want a larger screen I’ll take a laptop. The question is if it will have LTE. But even if it doesn’t, it is ok. I left Apple for good.

    1. Wait, gaming and android in the same sentence? who dare to think that? a “gaming” device is supposed to be a device where lots of AAA games from all kind of developers are released, not where 99% of the games are online microtransactions crap. I don’t want to believe that there is a specific target gaming user that will be happy with this, I’m dreaming and I want to wake up…

    1. Looks plausible. Could be used for a docking port or making sure you have a port accessible when using detachable game controllers, among other things.

      1. That’s what I thought when I saw the first (new) photo, but it looks quite different in the third photo. Plus, there’s the power button and volume rocker on that side already, and you can see, in the image with the robot hands, that there’s nothing sticking out from the side in that feature’s location even though the power and volume buttons are identifiable in that shot.

        1. All of the other pictures show something sticking out there. The only picture that doesn’t is the heavily-photoshopped marketing picture with the robot hands.

    2. In the middle photo at the bottom of the article shows something sticking out near the “N” of legion. So probably a button.

  7. Aw, man… I just got an M8 FHD last summer.

    This does look like a perfect replacement for the old Fire HDX 8.9, which was simultaneously a great and terrible tablet (powerful, great screen, great battery, but no expandable storage).

  8. I’ll almost certainly be buying this on the strength of the screen size. I am a constant tablet user (Lenovo is my brand of choice.) But the 8″ is too small and the 10″ just too big! Finally, the nine incher… 🙂

  9. Dolphin for gamecube and wii has long been a staple, but the brand new aethersx2 for PS2 emulation and the xenia xbox360 emulator work on an android port make this more and more likely to become a market.

  10. I’m interested in this purely on the basis of it being a small-ish screen, with a good resolution, refresh rate, and the possibility of decent SOC specs.

    I’ve been waiting for a sub-9″ tablet with a resolution above FHD, and system specs that aren’t garbage.

    Let’s hope this makes its way to North America. If the specs are too high, I think it probably won’t. Lenovo’s tablet line doesn’t have the brand image here to sell something like this for much more than $300, and North America isn’t interested in Android gaming like Asia is.

    1. Yes, since my Shield Tablet died I’ve been waiting for anyone to put out a well specced sub 10 inch tablet.
      Here’s hoping itd priced sensibly and is globally available.