Lenovo’s next gaming phone was leaked earlier this week, but now the company is officially sharing details on the new device, called the Legion Phone Duel 2. It’s a beast in every way – with a 6-inch screen, 92 inches, it’s a gigantic phone that houses of them batteries, of them USB-C ports and of them real rotating fans, as well as a camera bump that makes us regret having ever used the “it’s no moon; it’s a space station ”joke on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
Some of its features are transfers from Lenovo’s original Android gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel, including dual USB-C ports and a pop-up selfie camera designed for streamers. Like the original Duel, Lenovo also maintains the unusual choice of centering the phone’s other two cameras on the back, but now that raised camera bump houses a prominent intake fan and hidden exhaust fan, each with its own. own vents. Lenovo claims the split design keeps heat away from your hands.
These fans, alongside a steam chamber, help the Duel 2 channel cool air to and from the new Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512GB of UFS3.1 storage. . It runs on Lenovo’s ZUI 12.5, which the company claims is based on Android 11.
The Duel 2 comes in either ‘Titanium White’ or ‘Ultimate Black’, but it’s actually the camera bump, Legion logo, and fan hole that makes Duel 2 look like nothing else on the market – except maybe the Asus ROG 5 Ultimate with its unusual rear window and optional fan mount engaged. Lenovo doesn’t mention in its announcement whether the Dual 2’s colorful rear design is lit with a customizable light, but even without the glow, it looks set to take up space on someone’s desk alongside a PC’s. RGB lit game.
Up front, the Duel 2 features a 2460 x 1080 144Hz high refresh rate OLED display with 800 nits of brightness (1300 nits max), which should be more than bright enough for outdoor gaming. . It’s also physically larger than its predecessor at 6.92 inches, compared to a 6.65-inch screen. Looking at the screen in landscape mode, the Duel 2’s 44-megapixel pop-up selfie camera (from 20 megapixels) can be used for live streaming or video chats, just like the original Duel, with the removal of the background. There’s still a 64-megapixel main camera on the back, as well as a 16-megapixel ultra-wide.
The Dual’s two USB-C ports – one on the long side of the phone and one on the bottom – can be used for 90W fast charging if you purchase an optional adapter, and Lenovo says using them simultaneously can fill the gaps. two separate 2750 mAh from the phone. batteries in 30 minutes. Using two cables to charge a phone at a time is kind of a funny picture, but those kinds of considerations go out the window when you buy a Legion Phone Duel 2.
Lenovo claims that a full charge should give you “up to 8 hours” of “intermittent play”.
The Duel 2 comes with 5G connectivity, in this case with support for sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum, theoretically in the service of faster video and game streaming, and supports dual SIM for two connections. at a time. To recreate some of the experience of using a controller while you play, the Duel 2 also has four ‘shoulder’ buttons activated via haptic feedback and ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the phone, colon. capacitive touchscreen on the back and two force-point keys in the display. (Haptics are provided by a pair of linear motors, another place where Lenovo decided just one was insufficient.)
There are even more specs to cover, so if you want a full picture, we recommend checking out Lenovo’s datasheet:
Overall, the Duel 2 shares more than a few similarities with its competition. The Asus ROG 5 Ultimate also features multiple USB-C ports, a unique method to simulate additional button inputs, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, and an optional clip-on cooling fan. The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro has even more sophisticated magnetic lift physical buttons and an optional fan attachment. And some gaming phones have had fans built in in the past – look no further than the Nubia Red Magic 3 for a device with extra cooling right off the bat.
As with many gaming phones, the important issue may be uptime. Currently, Lenovo plans to release the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 in China this month, and it is expected to arrive in Europe later in May. The European model will cost € 999 (around $ 1,186) with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a included charging dock, or € 799 (around $ 948) as a standalone phone with 12GB and 256GB respectively.
Lenovo has yet to announce whether the Duel 2 will arrive in the United States.