- Lenovo has unveiled its second generation gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel 2.
- It includes two fans, a Snapdragon 888, up to 18 GB of RAM, and a 44-megapixel pop-up camera.
- It’s available in Europe in May – although a North American release is in the air.
The rumors were true. Lenovo unveiled its second generation gaming handset, the Legion Phone Duel 2, and it’s even bolder than the first model.
The Legion Phone Duel 2 revolves around a new cooling system that combines a steam chamber with two fans. The Snapdragon 888 inside should stay cool and, in other words, perform at its best during lengthy gaming sessions. As you’ve probably noticed, this cooling determines the phone’s unique look – the Snapdragon is in the center of the chip to provide “unprecedented symmetry” in cooling when you’re playing games in landscape mode.
You’ll also find a number of useful upgrades for when you’re not playing the latest online brawler. The Legion Phone Duel 2 has an even larger 144 Hz AMOLED display with 6.92 inches (if still 1080p), HDR10 + support and a particularly fast 720 Hz touch sampling rate. You’ll also find up to 18 GB of RAM, a larger 5,500 mAh battery, and an updated 44-megapixel pop-up side camera for selfies and live streaming.
The controls play an important role in the Legion Phone Duel 2. Lenovo offers eight virtual buttons, including four ultrasonic shoulder buttons, two rear capacity points, and two force-based points on the screen. They have lots of shortcuts for quick games. Accordingly, a new dual haptic feedback system provides more precise answers to your actions.
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The Duel 2 carries the 64-megapixel main camera, the 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, two USB-C ports and the 90 W fast charging of the first Legion phone. However, there can be few complaints with the dual-cell battery layout promising a full charge in 30 minutes.
There is also a better chance of buying the latest model from Lenovo. The Legion Phone Duel 2 will be launched in its native China in April in black and white color schemes. However, in May it will also ship to Europe for 1299 euros (about $ 948) with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, or euros 999 with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. And it is crucial that people on the other side of the planet cannot be left out. Lenovo would just say that North American availability is “yet to be determined,” but that’s still a huge improvement on the First Legion’s no-show.
Like last year, Lenovo has a big challenge: Asus. The ROG Phone 5 offers similar performance and is already available. If all you want is a fast gaming phone, now is your way to buy something. However, the Legion Phone Duel 2 costs less in its 12GB form (it’s similarly expensive in 16GB form), advertises faster charging, has more virtual controls, and doesn’t require an add-on for additional cooling. If you are familiar with Lenovo and don’t mind the wait, it may offer the stronger value.