Lenovo’s subsequent gaming telephone leaked earlier this week, but now the corporate is formally sharing particulars in regards to the new gadget, known as the Legion Phone Duel 2. It’s a beast in each method — with a 6.92-inch display screen, this can be a gigantic telephone that homes two batteries, two USB-C ports, and two precise spinning fans, in addition to a digicam bump that makes us barely remorse we already used the “that’s no moon; it’s a space station” joke on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
Some of its options are carryovers from Lenovo’s unique Android gaming telephone, the Legion Phone Duel, together with the dual USB-C ports and a pop-up selfie digicam designed for streamers. Like the unique Duel, Lenovo additionally maintains the weird alternative of centering the telephone’s different two cameras round again, but now that raised digicam bump homes a distinguished consumption fan and a hidden exhaust fan, every with their very own vents. Lenovo says the cut up design retains the warmth away out of your palms.
Those fans, alongside a vapor chamber, assist the Duel 2 funnel cool air to and from the brand new Snapdragon 888 processor, as much as 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and as much as 512GB of UFS3.1 storage. It runs on Lenovo’s ZUI 12.5, which the corporate says is predicated on Android 11.
The Duel 2 is available in both “Titanium White” or “Ultimate Black”, but actually it’s the digicam bump, Legion brand, and fan gap that make the Duel 2 seem like nothing else available on the market — besides, maybe, the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate with its uncommon rear display screen and elective fan attachment snapped on. Lenovo doesn’t point out in its announcement whether or not the Dual 2’s colourful again design is lit with a customizable mild, but even with out the glow, it appears able to take up house on somebody’s desk alongside a RGB-lit gaming PC.
On the entrance, the Duel 2 includes a 2,460 x 1,080 144Hz high-refresh price OLED show with 800 nits of brightness (1300 nits at most), which needs to be greater than brilliant sufficient for outside play. It’s additionally bodily bigger than its predecessor at 6.92 inches, up from a 6.65-inch show. Viewing the display screen in panorama, the Duel 2’s pop-up 44-megapixel selfie digicam (up from 20 megapixels) can be utilized for stay streaming or video chats, similar to the unique Duel, with background removing. There’s nonetheless a 64-megapixel primary digicam round again, in addition to a 16-megapixel ultrawide.
The Dual’s two USB-C ports — one on the lengthy facet of the telephone and one on the underside — can be utilized for 90W quick charging should you purchase an elective adapter, and Lenovo claims utilizing them concurrently can fill the telephone’s two separate 2,750 mAh batteries in half-hour. Using two cables to cost a telephone without delay is type of a humorous picture, but these sorts of issues exit the window whenever you purchase a Legion Phone Duel 2.
Lenovo says a full cost ought to offer you “up to 8 hours” of “intermittent gameplay.”
The Duel 2 comes with 5G connectivity, on this case with assist for each sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum, theoretically in service of quicker video and sport streaming, and helps dual-SIM for two connections without delay. To recreate among the expertise of utilizing a controller when you play, the Duel 2 additionally options 4 “shoulder” buttons enabled via haptic suggestions and ultrasonic sensors on the perimeters of the telephone, two capacitive contact factors on the again, and two pressure contact factors within the show. (Haptics are offered by a pair of linear motors, one other place the place Lenovo determined one was inadequate.)
There are much more specs to pour over, so should you’d like the total image we’d advocate digging into Lenovo’s spec sheet:
As a complete package deal, the Duel 2 shares various similarities with its opponents. The Asus ROG 5 Ultimate additionally has a number of USB-C ports, a novel technique for simulating further button inputs, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, and an elective clip-on cooling fan. The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro has even fancier magnetically lifting bodily buttons and an elective fan accent as nicely. And some gaming telephones have had built-in fans prior to now: look no additional than the Nubia Red Magic 3 for a tool with further cooling from the get-go.
As with many gaming telephones, the necessary query could also be availability. Currently, Lenovo plans to launch the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 in China this month, and it ought to come to Europe later in May. The European mannequin will retail for €999 (round $1,186) with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a bundled charging dock, or €799 (round $948) as a standalone telephone with 12GB and 256GB respectively.
Lenovo hasn’t but introduced if the Duel 2 will come to the US.