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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 Review

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 was launched in July, which is the company’s second iteration gaming phone. I finally managed to get the phone to play around for a few weeks. With many gaming phones now available in the market, just how unique is this phone? We’ll find out in the full review.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 Specs

  • 6.92-inch Full HD AMOLED 8-bit HDR gaming display with 144Hz refresh rate 720Hz touch sampling rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
  • Up to 16GB RAM
  • Up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Cameras
  • Rear: 64MP OmniVision OV64A main camera 16MP 123° ultra-wide lens
  • 44MP pop-up selfie camera

Before we proceed, the review unit I’m having is the 16GB RAM 512GB storage model, which is the highest configuration you can get right now.

The front of the phone has a 6.92-inch Full HD AMOLED 8-bit HDR gaming display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 720Hz touch sampling rate. Yup, that’s a huge display, nearly a 7-inch display that we used to see on a mini-sized tablet.

The Legion Phone Duel 2 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is located in the middle of the screen. I would actually prefer it to be positioned slightly lower, but that’s something you’ll get used to.

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The right side of the phone houses the power button, that’s where the 44MP selfie camera will pop up. It also has a grille for better thermal control.

The left side of the phone has the volume rocker and the USB-C port. Yup, just like the ROG Phone, it has two USB-C ports, one at the side another one at the bottom, if you hold the phone in portrait mode.

The back of the phone is something we’ve not seen on a phone. There’s a protruding glass plate located at the center of the phone, which houses the dual-camera setup, the fan, and the RGB Legion logo. Looking at the design of the Legion Phone Duel 2, this phone is clearly designed to use it in landscape mode.

Additionally, the phone also comes with Octa-Trigger, eight virtual keys that offer players: four ultrasonic shoulder keys, two rear capacitance screen touchpoints, and two in-display force touchpoints.

Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 16GB RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. Sadly, it’s not the upgraded Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC, but it’s expected since the phone was announced before the Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC.

The overall gaming experience is quite as expected for a gaming phone — everything runs pretty smooth without any hiccups. The built-in fan does help a little bit in cooling down the phone, but it’s not that significant. As for the extra virtual buttons, a.k.a Octa-Trigger, you’ll need some time to get used to them. Obviously, the overall experience is nowhere near the physical buttons, but it’s an advantage if you are used to them.

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 runs on ZUI 12.5 based on Android 11. As I mentioned earlier, the phone is designed to use in landscape mode, so everything from the lock screen to the home screen can also be used in landscape mode. The UI offers two styles — Legion gaming looking and vanilla Android looking.

It comes with Legion Assistant, which optimizes your gaming experience. Just swipe down from the top when you are in a game and it’ll bring out the Legion Assistant. You can change the fan mode, customize the trigger buttons, and even stream your gameplay with the pop-up front camera on, which also comes with autofocus.

Legion Phone Duel 2. A Gaming BEAST!

One handy feature is the Bypass Charging mode, which powers the phone via USB-C. This is a pretty handy feature if you plan to game for a long time. Doing it will preserve your battery lifespan, it’s the same concept as removing your laptop battery and powering it using the charger, back then when the laptop battery is still removable.

In terms of camera, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 packs a dual-camera setup — 64MP OmniVision OV64A main camera 16MP 123° ultra-wide lens. Yup, gaming phones don’t really have great cameras, so don’t expect too much.

Night Mode

The 64MP main camera shoots 16MP photos by default due to the Quad-Bayer technique. Image quality generally is quite okay, the ultra-wide cam shoots greener photos compared to the main cam. Night mode is surprisingly better than expected, but still, I think you would prefer the photos taken with the ROG Phone 3 (since we didn’t get to review the ROG Phone 5/5s). You can check all the camera samples here.

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 packs a 5,500mAh battery (2,750mAh x 2) with 90W Turbo Charging. Do note that you can only get 90W charging if you charge the phone using two USB-C cables (one port at the side, one port at the bottom), charging with one cable only gets up to 65W. Lenovo claims that the phone will hit a 100% charge in just 30 minutes.

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Based on my test, 15% to 100% took 37 minutes, 7 minutes longer than the company’s claim. It’s quite okay but when you have tried the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s 120W HyperCharge, which fully charged the phone in less than 20 minutes using one cable, it’s not really that impressive. Also, the phone gets really hot when charging at full speed, which is also a reason why it took longer to charge just to cool down the phone.

The battery life is pretty impressive! I was able to get up to 2 days of battery life easily, it’s hard to kill the battery at the end of every day. If the phone has a good battery life, I don’t mind having a slow charging speed since I can charge it at night when I’m not using it.

Final Words

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is now available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores (LES) nationwide and official stores on Lazada and Shopee. The recommended retail start from:

  • RM3,299 for 12GB RAM 256GB Storage
  • RM3,899 for 16GB RAM 512GB Storage

If you are a gamer, the phone nails every aspect that a good gaming phone needs to have — good display, impressive speakers, top-notch performance, and great battery life. The Bypass Charging mode is a great feature for those who are planning to game for a long time. If you are not a gamer, then you shouldn’t even look as it’s a huge and bulky phone with mediocre cameras.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 with 144Hz Display, Twin Turbo Cooling Fan Launched

Last July, Lenovo launched its first gaming smartphone, the Legion Phone Duel, with a 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865 chipset, 90W fast charging, a side-mounted pop-up camera, and more. The Chinese tech giant has now launched its successor, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2: Specifications

Design Display

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 / Lenovo Legion 2 Pro features a 6.92-inch Full-HD AMOLED display. The display has a 144Hz refresh rate with a 111.1% DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR10 certification, TuV Rheinland low blue light certification, DC dimming, and 720Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate with a 3.8ms response time. The company has added a Pixelworks AI chip for adjusting the display based on the content.

Internals Thermals

Under the hood, Lenovo has used Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. You also get up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 built-in storage. The Legion Phone Duel 2 comes with Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers and 4 AI noise-canceling microphones.

One aspect where Lenovo stands out from other gaming smartphones in the market is with cooling. The Legion Phone Duel 2 features a dual-turbo ATA 2.0 (Advanced Technology Architecture) cooling system that consists of two physical fan units and a dedicated copper wind tunnel for efficient cooling and heat dissipation. The twin turbo fan boosts up to 15,000 RPM and is comparable to the physical fan aboard the recently launched Red Magic 6. The fan is connected to what Lenovo claims is the largest vapor chamber inside any smartphone with an overall heat dissipation area of 62573 mm 2.

The Legion Phone Duel 2 is said to deliver 30 percent better thermal efficiency in comparison to its predecessor. Plus, Lenovo says that the exhaust air temperature can be up to 22 degrees Celsius hotter than the intake.

Cameras

For cameras, Lenovo has used a side-mounted 44MP auto-FOCUS pop-up selfie camera, just like what we’ve seen in its predecessor. The camera is capable of removing the background and you can even use a virtual avatar while streaming games.

Coming to the rear camera, you get a 64MP primary sensor and a 16MP wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view. You can record up to 8K HDR 10 videos and 240fps slow-motion videos. Other camera features include audio FOCUS mode to FOCUS on the subject and director mode that records videos from all camera sensors.

Software

The Legion Phone Duel 2 runs on Legion UI based on Android 11. It features a control center to activate gaming features like Rampage mode, activating streaming mode, adjusting cooling mode, and more. You can also use the shadow recorder that lets you grab the screen recording of the last 15 seconds of gameplay. The users can optionally use the Legion Game dock to connect to a display via HDMI.

Battery

The device packs a dual-cell 5,500mAh battery (2750mAh2750mAh) that supports 90W fast charging via dual USB-C ports. The company says that the charging time from 0 to 4,500mAh is 17 minutes. But, a complete charge cycle would take nearby 30 minutes. The device also supports slow charging, overcharging protection, and bypass charging.

Octa Triggers

The device features 8 triggers with 11 vectors. This way, Lenovo believes that gamers can get a console controller experience from their smartphone. There are four ultrasonic shoulder triggers, two rear capacitance triggers, and two force-touch display triggers. The force touch display triggers are courtesy of the dual X-axis linear vibration motors, which provide immersive haptic feedback.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2: Pricing and Availability

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 comes in color variants – Ultimate Black and Titanium White. Take a look at the pricing below:

  • 12GB256GB – 799 euros (~Rs. 70,800)
  • 16GB512GB (with Dock) – 999 euros (~Rs. 88,500)
  • 18GB512GB (with Dock) – 1099 euros (~Rs. 97,375)

This gaming smartphone takes on the likes of ROG Phone 5, Red Magic 6, and others in Europe and China markets. There is currently no word on whether Lenovo will bring the device to India or not.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 – Unique Design with Cooling Fans, But is it Durable?

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is the latest iteration of Legion Phone Duel. It is vastly improved compared to its predecessor with its two cooling fans, eight active triggers, and the latest and powerful chipset in the market today. It is armed to the teeth of gaming features and premium specs. If you wonder, Gaming-Centric phones have different characteristics than flagship phones. That’s why the Legion Phone Duel 2 has a different design and functionality. But is it the best gaming phone yet? Find out in our review.

  • Improved cooling system
  • Unique design
  • Cooling Fans
  • 720Hz Touch Rate
  • Octa Trigger
  • No Expandable Storage
  • Less Durable Back
  • Acceptable camera
  • nontextured shoulder keys

Design and Build

The main difference between the Legion Phone Duel 2 versus its predecessor is the back’s design and built. It is still a robust and brick-like smartphone with RGB Legion Logo, but it now has three layers of glass–left, middle, and right. All of those are wrapped by a metal frame and they are all protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.

The middle features an exclusive ATA 2.0 body primarily designed to provide excellent cooling for a better-uninterrupted gaming experience. By means, placing the chipset in the middle around the thermal system prevents users from touching the heating part and provides better hold.

The thermal system has two spinning fans–the intake and the exhaust twin turbofan– with their own respective vents on top and the bottom of the device. These fans and a vapor chamber help the Legion Phone Duel 2 cool down during intense gaming of up to 30% thermal efficiency. But there’s a catch, this design makes the phone more efficient in heat management, but the bend test result from JerryRigEverything snaps the Legion Phone Duel 2 in three pieces. The back is sliced into three different parts for the middle part to have more room for the unique cooling chamber. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that the phone is fragile. It only has a different structure that you must be aware of, and putting a hard case on it will add more durability.

Meanwhile, The back has a glossy finish that attracts fingerprint smudges. Our unit is the Ultimate Black but if you love a flashy, bright, and light color, you can grab the “Titanium White.” Furthermore, the Legion Phone Duel 2 weighs 259 grams and has a thickness of 9.9mm. It doesn’t feel chunky but more of a robust gaming smartphone. It has a console-like feeling when holding the device. In the middle, again, you can see a Legion branding with a chromatic effect when light strikes on it. Also, the RGB Legion logo is glowing whenever the device is turned on, and it also has a chromatic reflection around it. It has a dual-camera setup with LED flash.

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Around the frame, the main microphone is at the bottom alongside the USB Type-C port and the Simtray with no expandable storage slot. Another Type-C port is on the left, and the two more microphones, a volume rocker, and an exhaust grille. Up top is the secondary microphone, while on the right-hand side is the power button, second exhaust grille, and the Ultrasonic shoulder keys.

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Legion Phone Duel 2 is different from its predecessor in terms of design. However, there are still some features left, like the 44MP motorized pop-up selfie camera, 2 USB C ports for different gaming orientations, or charging it using 90W Dual turbocharge.

Triggers

Legion Phone Duel 2 offers pressure-sensitive trigger buttons. It has a new Octa-trigger with a console controller-like array, and those keys are divided into three categories.

First is the four on its frame, located on the top part when holding the phone horizontally. They are called Ultrasonic shoulder keys labeled R1, R2, and L1, L2. These are often used for aiming down sights or as firing triggers for FPS games.

Next are the two capacitive sliders around the middle part of the back called a Capacitance key. It acts just like the volume slider in TWS headsets.

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Lastly, the two pressure touches on its display are called the Force touch. These are the triggers that can serve you well during your gaming session.

It is hard to locate each shoulder key since they are a tad too small and lack texture. So everything will rely on muscle memory. Despite this, the trigger functions as it should be, which will surely improve the gaming experience without using claw-type control.

Display

Moving on the front part, Legion Phone Duel 2 boasts a huge 6.92-inch FHD AMOLED display paired with a 144Hz refresh rate. These numbers are high but there’s also a whopping 720Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate that hardcore gamers will appreciate. It really feels premium and responsive with real-time controls. It made my aiming more accurate than usual, which is a good thing. However, it has a noticeable bezel, especially on top and bottom, as it has Dolby Atmos speakers on both that fires stereo sound directly to the users. But still, having a full-screen device means less distraction.

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For the quality, the colors are punchy and vibrant. The screen is bright even with direct sunlight outdoor. Furthermore, the display has tweaks in the display setting. It has tons of display enhancement options like the Gaming HDR enhancement that enhances the details in-game and improves the gaming experience. It also has an option to choose four different display refresh rates from 144Hz, 120Hz, 90Hz, and 60hz. But the best option is the Smart high refresh rate that adapts the refresh rate of the currently running game or app, which will improve battery life. It also has an option for natural and standard color for more true-to-life color reproduction.

Camera

As for the cameras, Legion Phone Duel 2 is a gaming-centric phone means that there surely will be a compromise on the camera. It only has a dual-camera setup–a 64MP f/1.9 main camera and a 16MP ultrawide. But just like its predecessor, it has an option to shoot portrait and macro mode.

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The main snapper can shoot 8K [email protected]. However, It’s a shame I didn’t saw any other 24fps options for the lower resolutions. Still, both selfie and rear cameras can shoot up to [email protected], which is a good thing.

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As for the quality, I still saw an off-white balance detection on its main camera, just like its predecessor. It’s not a hit and miss but rather a struggle on detectors when we introduced whites on the scene. Like my table and the white color of the sky, it tends to be in drastic warm tones indoors and cooler tones outdoors. The HDR enhancement is calm on giving rich photos compared to the non-HDR photo, which is an AI thing. I wish they improve this on the later update. The upside is when the scene is close to the subject, or there are no whites, the colors are great and true to life, the blacks are good, with no missing details in the shadow parts. There are no grains and noise as well.

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As for the portrait shots, white balance is great, but the bokeh feels unnatural, it is soft and blurry, but it still does its job even without a depth sensor to aid the main camera.

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The ultrawide outputs have noticeable pale colors and lesser exposure, but turning on HDR mode will boost the color reproduction and some shadows. Sharpness is great, the blacks introduced details, and the white balance is much better in the ultrawide lens.

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The macro shots are detailed, have good and acceptable qualities, and it has an autofocus system. It has three different zooms from wide, 1x, and 2xwhich have impressive quality. I believe the main and ultrawide lens is capable of shooting close-up subjects. It can still shoot detailed close-up subjects. It doesn’t introduce drastic grains and noise, but it’s not the best of the best.

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As for the 44MP motorized pop-up selfie, the blacks have details and my face is clean. However, the white balance detection is still off the charts. That doesn’t mean it has poor quality and the only thing I noticed was the overprocessing of its AI enhancement. The filter or beautification feature makes the output quite soft and looks overprocessed. Shooting in portrait orientation makes your eyes feel like your looking somewhere else, but I am just looking directly at the screen. This is due to the selfie being on the side rather than in the middle. The subject to background separation is now great compared to the predecessor with only 90% accuracy. Skin tone color is not the issue since there’s an option to change the skin tone color in the native camera app. Selfie quality is flattering if it captures without enhancements.

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The camera app has tons of useful and technical features, but there are no fun and gimmicky features. It offers macro video, dual view video, director view, and slow motion. It also has a pro mode for photo and video with up to 6400 ISO and 32s shutter speed. It can also shoot DNG or RAW files, but it can’t switch lenses, and there’s no other option for shooting different resolutions in the video pro mode. It shoots HDR10 which is nice but, again, the versatility of its camera is limited. Good thing it also offers EIS for [email protected] below.

Overall I can’t say it’s the best shooter, but it’s better and acceptable in the premium standard. There are missing features but I’m not surprised nor disappointed since I already knew this was coming as it is a gaming-focused smartphone. It offers a selfie that first seems far-fetched, but it’s made mainly for streaming while in landscape mode, which is great architecture in a single handset. Legion Phone Duel 2 still gave what we needed.

Performance

Speaking of Streaming, The Legion Phone Duel 2 is stream capable thanks to the 12GB of LPDDR4 Ram. Meanwhile, the device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm) and paired with 256GB of USF 3.1 internal storage. The ATA 2.0 body and the 5nm chipset will give efficient power and thermal. Even using a 5G connection while gaming, the device is handling the heat. There are no heating problems on the screen as well. Gaming is quite convenient in the Legion Phone Duel 2.

Speaking of gaming, it runs almost all games like Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile, Honkai Impact 3, and Genshin Impact with great visuals and high framerates. The Legion realm monitoring feature shows fps, temperature, and internet signal. These are mostly green and with good numbers when playing. It also can boost the gaming experience even more by turning on the rampage mode and the Turbo Fan. Throughout the whole game, I didn’t experience any heat built up on both sides of the device, because like I mentioned earlier, all the heat is redirected to the middle and out to the vents. And that means the design is really working.

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As for software, It runs on the latest Android 11.0 with ZUI or Legion 12.5 on top. Aside from its chipset and configuration, the 144Hz refresh rate and the UI work very light and fast. The Legion UI also offers a stock Android experience, although it does have a few design changes like the icons and the options on the notification bar. It gives a quite different mood than the standard Android experience.

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One of the applications that come with the device that I love is the Legion Realm. It is located in the settings menu or the app drawer. It has an option to configure the device’s semi-real vibration and lighting effect. But the real Legion Realm is the Legion Duel 2’s on Game Launcher. Long-pressing both Y triggers will instantly launch Legion realm from its non-gaming mode. The Legion Realm gives a gamer feel with a little bit of vibration and some sound effects. Inside, you can access the games, features that will boost your gaming performance, download some games, network and news for gamers which is a cool ecosystem.

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There are also in-game features available using Legion Realm Panel like shadow record– which will record games even the gameplay is 15-30seconds behind. You can also map buttons for the Octa trigger and enable streaming.

Battery

For its battery, the 5500mAh is quite a handler, but it does sip a lot of juice quickly. Especially when gaming at a higher refresh rate. It ensures at least 5-6hrs of gaming nonstop and more than a day of use in average usage. It’s a good score considering the device has a twin fan, RGB lights, multiple sensors, and a high refresh rate. The 5nm chipset, cooling system, AMOLED panel, and auto-refresh rate surely did an amazing job maintaining the power-hungry components. I just wish they add more mAh to the battery, like the 6000mAh of the Rog Phones.

Nonetheless, the Legion Phone Duel 2 has the advantage thanks to the 90W fast charging. The 90W charging brick that comes in the box has two USB-C ports–just like its predecessor. Using a single cable will input a 60W charging to the phone, but two USB-C cables will enable the 90W dual turbocharging. And for the record, it took 33 minutes to fully charge–close enough to what the company advertised.

Verdict

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is a gaming beast with a lesser impression on its camera and durability. But the design and architecture are solid, they solved the heating problem when playing for a long period of time and if you’re not going to force it to bend, there are no problems at all.

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Legion Phon Duel 2 is priced at P39,995 for the lower variant of 12GB of ram and 256GB of storage. If you are opting for the 16GB plus 512GB variant, it will cost P49,995. P10k more to double the storage and more ram for multitasking, it is quite a bummer as the phone doesn’t offer expandable storage, but the 16GB of ram is perfect for stream games on a single handset.

If you are not into gaming, other choices in the market would satisfy your needs, like the flagship models. But if you are really opting for a gaming FOCUS machine with an innovative build, astonishing gaming features paired with top-of-the-line specs, the Legion Phone Duel 2 is surely one of the top picks in the market of Gaming FOCUS mobile devices.

  • Display: 6.92-inches, AMOLED, HDR10, 144Hz, 720Hz multi-fingerprint touch response
  • Design: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back, aluminum frame
  • Dimension and Weight: 176 x 76.5 x 9.9mm, 259g
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • RAM: 12/16 GB, LPDDR5
  • Storage: 256/512 GB, UFS 3.1
  • Main Camera: 64MP, f/1.9, 16MP Ultrawide video up to [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10 rec
  • Selfie Camera: Motorized Pop-up 44 MP, f/2.0 | video up to [email protected]/60fps
  • Connectivity Ports: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, GPS with dual-Band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC, 2 x USB Type-C (2.0 3.1), USB On-The-Go
  • Security: Fingerprint (under-display, optical)
  • Features: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, built-in two cooling fans, RGB light-panel (on the back), 6 pressure-sensitive zone (Gaming triggers), 4 ultrasonic buttons (top), 2 capacitive sliding buttons (back)
  • Battery: 5500mAh
  • Charging: 65W (single USB-C port), 90W fast charging (dual USB-C ports)
  • Audio: Dolby atmos with stereo speakers
  • OS: Android 11, ZUI 12.5
  • Colors: Titanium White, Ultimate Black
  • Price: P39,995 (12GB256GB), P49,995 (16GB512GB)
  • Release Date: June 18-30, 2021 (Pre-order; Philippines)

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is a dream for serious mobile gamers

This powerful device includes two cooling fans and a super-fast touchscreen.

By Stan Horaczek | Published Apr 9, 2021 3:00 PM EDT

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Unless you’re spending hours per day playing PUBG Mobile on your smartphone, a gaming phone is probably overkill for you. If that’s your thing, however, then over-the-top performance is the point. The new Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 promises everything a gamer could want except for a heap of RGB lighting.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 specs

Its spec list includes several superlatives in its class. The Legion Phone Duel 2 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, which you’ll find in most flagship Android phones this year. It has a 6.92-inch AMOLED display that supports HDR 10. In addition to its burly size, the screen also boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, which means it can provide even smoother motion than the high-end 120 Hz phones during fast gaming action.

The screen is fast in another way, too. While it refreshes the picture on-screen up to 144 times per second, it can detect a user’s touch at up to 720 Hz. High-end phones like the OnePlus 9 Pro, for instance, pair a 120 Hz refresh rate with a 240 Hz sample rate. So, the Lenovo is, at least in theory, much quicker to register a user’s finger. That kind of thing can make a noticeable difference in an intense game.

In addition to the screen, there are also eight buttons and keys around the device to make the phone feel more like using a controller. Here’s how those break down: Four shoulder buttons are on the top of the device (when you’re holding it horizontally, which most games require). There are two capacitive keys on the back, one on either side of the hump in the middle of the device. The final two buttons are force-touch areas of the display itself on the front of the device. Pressing on them with various levels of pressure can register commands.

Because Lenovo expects people to hold the phone horizontally most of the time, the camera bump on the back of the device actually protrudes from the middle rather than staying off to one end. That way both hands get exactly the same feel for holding the phone. The processor and computing hardware also live under that bump and away from your fingers to keep your hands cool.

Built-in cooling

Each end of the phone has its own cooling fan to siphon heat away from the processor, and the battery is split into two pieces. It offers a total of 5,500 mAh of power. In order to prevent a camera notch from cutting into the display, Lenovo built a pop-up selfie camera into the front of the device. When you’re not using it, the camera actually retracts down into the side of the phone. That’s another feature that we saw back with the OnePlus 7 Pro, but that camera came out of the top of the device for a more familiar layout. OnePlus also nixed that feature for subsequent versions in its Pro line.

Availability

Right now, Lenovo’s beastly Legion Phone Duel 2 is only slated for immediate release in China and then later in Europe and other parts of Asia. We don’t have US release information yet, but that’s not unusual for a phone like this. Demand for high-end Android devices made for gaming hasn’t really hit the US heavily—at least not yet.

If you’re eager to get the burliest gaming phone around instead of waiting for Lenovo to bring this stateside, you do have options. The Asus Rog 5 phone isn’t officially for sale in the US at the moment, but it’s easy enough to get a European version if you’re eager for one. That will get you a 144 Hz screen and a super-long battery life. Plus, a company called Red Magic is also offering pre-orders for a Snapdragon 888-powered phone with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen that goes all the way up to 165 Hz.

Stan Horaczek is the senior gear editor at Popular Science. He oversees a team of gear-obsessed writers and editors dedicated to finding and featuring the newest, best, and most innovative gadgets on the market and beyond.

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