Lenovo Legion Y70 launches as another 'flagship killer' with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and a 144 Hz OLED display
Lenovo has presented the Legion Y70, its latest gaming smartphone. Theoretically, the Legion Y70 is a flagship smartphone, although it comes at a mid-range price. Also, while Lenovo markets the Legion Y70 as a gaming smartphone, it lacks gaming features that its competitors have, such as shoulder buttons. Still, the 10-layer cooling solution, which covers 5,047 mm², contains the largest vapour chamber of any smartphone.
Unsurprisingly, Lenovo has equipped the Legion Y70 with a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, currently Qualcomm's flagship smartphone chipset, along with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. Additionally, the Legion Y70 has a 6.67-inch OLED display running at 1080p and at a 144 Hz refresh rate. Moreover, the large display offers a 1,500 Hz touch sampling rate, 1,000-nit peak brightness and a variable refresh rate that drops as low as 48 Hz when needed. Evidently, the Legion Y70 lacks a modern LTPO backplane that would have allowed it to restrict its display refresh rate to 1 Hz.
Separately, the Legion Y70 has a 5,100 mAh battery, which Lenovo has managed to fit within a 7.99 mm chassis, excluding its camera housing. Although the smartphone does not support wireless charging, it can be recharged at 68 W via USB Type-C. Meanwhile, Lenovo includes a 16 MP front-facing camera, plus 50 MP primary, 13 MP ultra-wide-angle and 2 MP depth rear-facing cameras. For reference, only the 50 MP primary camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS).
Lenovo has already started selling the Legion Y70 in China, where it costs at least CNY 2,970 (~US$438) with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Alternatively, there is a 12 GB of RAM option with 256 GB of storage or a 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage model, which retail for CNY 3,370 (~US$497) and CNY 4,270 (~US$629), respectively. All memory configurations ship with Android 12 and are available in three colours. Unfortunately, Lenovo has confirmed whether it will sell the Legion Y70 outside China yet.