Lenovo has just announced its first-ever Legion-brand gaming phone. The new Lenovo Legion Phone Duel, also known as the Legion Phone Pro in China, is not just the company’s first gaming phone, but is also one of the first few phones in the market to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.
But it’s not just the processor that stands out from this new device, it’s also the landscape-oriented design. The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel houses a 6.65-inch Full HD+ 144Hz AMOLED display and is designed to adapt for use horizontally. The 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, for instance, has been placed on the left side instead of on the top like most phones. This placement will lessen the chances of it being blocked during streams and give viewers an unobstructed, natural view. It’s also been loaded with a bunch of broadcast features to make streaming on YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook much easier.
Users can “wake” the selfie camera while gaming and automatically stream with an overlay of their video automatically placed on-screen. It also supports AI features such as background removal and beautification and is coupled with quad-mic noise cancellation. With these, the Lenovo Legion Phone aims to provide a quick and easy alternative to a full studio setup for streaming.
The dual rear cameras aren’t as fascinating as its front camera but are still able to offer high-quality photos. It has a 64-megapixel large sensor main camera which is paired with a secondary 16-megapixel ultrawide camera. Video recording can go as high as 4K UHD at 30 FPS with 3-axis video stabilization.
As mentioned earlier, the Legion Phone Duel is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and is paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It comes with dual ultrasonic trigger buttons embedded in the device for a controller-like feel and the dual vibration engines provide feedback for more immersive gaming experiences.
Audio is provided by dual front-firing speakers tuned by Dirac Audio for 3D sound. It’s also capable of Audio to Vibration (A2V) which basically triggers spatially aware vibrations and sounds.
Taking a cue from the Nintendo Switch, users are also given the option to dock their devices and connect to an external monitor. You can also connect gaming peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse or even a dedicated controller for a true console-like experience.
To keep internals and processing running smoothly, Lenovo added a dual-liquid, mid-thermal floating cooling system. In addition to that, the company split the 5000mAh battery into two 2500mAh placed on the sides of the phone instead of the center to further help in cooling. This will also keep the heat off the user’s hands when gaming.
Charging ports are found both in the center and on the side and are capable of up to 90W Turbo Charging. Lenovo says that it will only take 30 minutes to fully charge the phone.
Additionally, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel offers more game-centric features such as programmable RGB lighting effects, auto-record of hero moments and gaming highlights, and hardware performance customization through the Lenovo Legion Realm software.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel will come in two colors: Vengeance Red and Blazing Blue. It will launch this July in China and is expected to be available in the global market soon after.