Lenovo has a new phone for Android games, and the Legion Phone Duel 2 aims to not only provide the power for a fully mobile game, but also the media credentials that modern streamers demand. The unusual-shaped smartphone includes a dual fan cooling system and a larger-than-average battery to keep it running at full speed for longer.
At the front, there is a 6.92-inch AMOLED screen with a 20.5: 9 aspect ratio. It is running at 2460 x 1080 resolution, with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and support for 8-bit HDR. Lenovo also used a 720 Hz touch sampling rate for faster response times.
The brightness is the standard 800 nits, with a peak of 1,300 nits and coverage of the DCI-P3 color range of 111.1 percent, in addition to the HDR10 + certification. It is protected with a Gorilla Glass 5 plate, and the entire phone tilts the scale by 259 grams.
Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, with 12 GB, 16 GB or an incredible 18 GB of LPDDR5 memory. Storage is 256 GB or 512 GB. For connectivity, there’s 5G, WiFi and Bluetooth, and the Legion Phone Duel 2 runs Lenovo’s ZUI 12.5 based on Android 11.
You can have the fastest chipset in the world, of course, and still get mediocre performance if you don’t take care of the heating. Lenovo is using active and passive cooling, with a steam chamber for liquid cooling and dual turbo fans to really keep temperatures low. Both the inlet and outlet fans have 29 blades each, the first running at 12,500 rpm and the last at 15,000 rpm. They do about 27 dB at 30 cm away, says Lenovo.
Since the Legion Phone Duel 2 was designed to be held horizontally, like a Nintendo Switch, Lenovo placed the processor in the center, away from the player’s fingers. There are also eight virtual buttons, including four ultrasonic shoulder keys, two touch points from the rear capacitance screen and two power touch points on the display. Lenovo is also using a new HaptiX X-axis haptic vibration motor system for more accurate touch feedback.
A 44-megapixel pop-out selfie camera with an 84-degree lens protrudes from the side of the phone – so it’s positioned correctly for when you’re transmitting your image during gameplay – and there’s background removal on board, real-time overlay and generation effects and virtual avatars.
The rear cameras, in turn, are a 64-megapixel f / 1.9 wide-angle and a 16-megapixel f / 2.2 ultra-wide angle. There is HDR10 + video recording at 4k / 30fps or 8k video recording at 24fps.
On the audio side, there are two front speakers with 7-magnet drivers and dual smart amplifiers, plus support for Dolby Atmos. Four microphones add features such as background noise reduction and 48 kHz / 16 bit output via USB-C is supported.
For power, there are double 2,750 mAh batteries for a total of 5,500 mAh. Two 90 W USB-C charging ports on the side mean that 17 minutes connected is good for 4,500 mAh of charge, says Lenovo.
In China, where it will be called the Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro, it will go on sale in April; availability in Asia Pacific and Europe will occur in May. It will be priced at 999 euros ($ 1,160) for the 16GB / 512GB configuration and with an integrated charging dock, while the 12GB / 256GB version without the dock will cost 799 euros ($ 930).
As for North America, Lenovo says it is still deciding whether to launch the Legion Phone Duel 2 on the market.