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Lenovo introduces its first Android gaming device as the Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo's new Legion Phone Duel. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo's new Legion Phone Duel. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has announced its first gaming phone, which is now officially the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. It is powered by the refreshed Snapdragon 865+ (or Plus) SoC, and has 12 or 16GB of RAM. It is also now confirmed to have the unique landscape-oriented pop-up rear camera set-up shown in numerous leaks, and has a 64MP dual main camera.

Today (July 22, 2020) seems to be a day for relatively low-key premium mobile device reveals. To this end, Lenovo has issued a press release for the new Legion Phone Duel. This latest entrant into the high-end casual gaming machine arena is powered by the Snapdragon 865+, which makes it (sub-6GHz only) 5G.

The Legion Phone Duel - which is also known as the Lenovo Legion Phone Pro for the Chinese market - also has up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal UFS 3.1 storage. Its near-silent announcement also explains assertions of 90-watt charging associated with this phone.

It seems it has dual 2500mAh batteries, each of which has its own USB type C charging port: one along the Duel's side and one along its bottom edge like every other phone out there. This technology may thus allow it to charge both batteries at 45 watts (W) each, adding up to the spec of 90W Turbo Power Charging.

Then again, this dual-port feature may be SKU-dependent; in other words, only available in more expensive variants. Either way, its combined 5000mAh battery will power a 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that has a top-end 144 hertz (Hz) refresh rate and 240Hz touch-sampling rate.

The Legion Phone Duel is, of course, packed with other gaming-focused features. They include Dirac Audio, "dual liquid" cooling equipped with copper tubing and the Lenovo Legion Assistant. This is a panel of enhanced haptics and gyroscopics that might enhance immersion and apprehension during gameplay.

There is also a Lenovo Legion Realm, an area within the Duel's UI that helps the user tweak hardware performance settings, evaluate new games on the Google Play Store and switch through data sources for those with the least congestion and latency possible from minute to minute.

Further to that UI, it will be ZUI 12 or Legion OS, depending on the region in which the Legion Phone Duel unit in question is sold. Either way, this skin will be based on Android 10. Lenovo has yet to reveal pricing or availability data on this new potential rival for current 2020 gaming phones.

Indeed, it will now be exceptionally interesting to see what Asus' ROG Phone 3 will bring to the table. Considering that a race to release Snapdragon 865+ devices has now seemedly officially begun, we will not have long to wait to find out.

The Legion Phone Duel's new promos. (Source: Lenovo)
The Legion Phone Duel's new promos. (Source: Lenovo)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-22 (Update: 2020-07-24)