Lenovo has unveiled its latest gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion Duel 2. The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 has a design that is optimized for landscape use and is packed with powerful hardware.
The smartphone has an unusual design, with the camera bump and other peripherals relocated to the device’s center. The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 has two charging ports and eight triggers, including four ultrasonic shoulder keys, two rear touchpoints, and two in-display touchpoints.
The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 also has two fans and a touch-response rate of 720Hz on the display. Not only that, but the front camera on the Lenovo Legion Duel 2 pops out from the smartphone’s side bezel rather than the top bezel, as with a traditional pop-up selfie camera. The placement of the camera bump, as well as other peripherals such as an RGB light and an exposed fan, leaves two large portions of the back panel free for users to grip while gaming with the Lenovo Legion Duel 2. Let’s take a look at what the smartphone has to offer.
Lenovo Legion Duel 2 is an unusually designed gaming phone
Lenovo Legion Duel 2 prices start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs 70,900) for the base 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. The display on the Lenovo Legion Duel 2 has gotten a lot of attention. It has a 6.92-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a touch response rate of 720Hz, as well as a peak brightness of 1,300 nits.
The Lenovo Legion Duel 2’s display also supports HDR10+. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset powers the smartphone, which is paired with up to 18GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. There are also 12GB and 16GB RAM options with 256GB of internal storage. The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 comes with two fans that help keep things cool inside the smartphone.
Lenovo claims that the Legion Phone Duel 2 was designed to mimic a gamer’s natural grip when held horizontally. The 5,500mAh battery is also divided into two 2,750mAh cells and placed on either side of the camera bump in the center. Lenovo also put the Legion Duel 2’s processor in the middle so that gamers’ fingers don’t get too hot during long gaming sessions. The dual batteries have a 90W fast charging capability and two USB Type-C ports. 90W charging is enabled by plugging the phone into both type-C ports. The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 can charge at a maximum of 50W using a single charger.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 durability test fails miserably.
There has been a slew of new gaming phones released in the first three months of the year, each with its unique selling point that goes beyond raw power. Lenovo is the most recent to join the fray, with its second Legion Phone “Duel” device. It is also one of the more intriguing models to arrive this year, both in terms of design and specifications. Unfortunately, it may also be one of the most disappointing in terms of withstanding the normal wear and tear that gamers subject their devices too
The Legion Phone Duel 2 takes the center-oriented camera bump to the next level. It not only creates a distinct shape, but it also has structural implications. The phone divides its battery into two sections, which, like its predecessor, can be charged from two USB-C ports at the same time.
JerryRigEverything’s standard durability test begins normally enough, with the phone passing the standard scratch tests. Despite Lenovo’s claims of dust and water resistance, the fans, particularly the exposed intake fan, will be a source of concern for durability. Even if it survives the burn test, the phone, like many AMOLED screens, does not recover.
Things go south almost immediately in the bend test. The phone snapped in half along the plastic antenna lines near the odd camera bump with almost no force. A little more force on the other end resulted in a third piece.
YouTuber Zack Nelson warns that the bend test result does not necessarily imply that the phone is weak, only that it is weaker than most phones on the market. It does share that position this year with the new ASUS ROG Phone 2, so it is not entirely alone. A simple case could help prevent such disasters, but it’s still disheartening to learn that Lenovo may have overlooked this structural flaw when designing the Legion Phone Duel 2.