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Lenovo is poised to re-brand its Legion gaming phones for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 era

The first Legion Y90. (Source: Lenovo)
The first Legion Y90. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo's contenders in the Android gaming flagships have been known as the Legion Phones or Legion Phone Duel devices, depending on their market. Now, however, the company has hinted that it is arranging a new name for the next installment in this series. It may continue to uphold its series' reputation for innovative cooling solutions and speed-focused display tech.

Lenovo has been calling its Android gaming handsets variations on "Legion Phone" since their inception, with the additional moniker Duel thrown in for certain markets. Accordingly, it has been projected that the next in this line would be either the Phone 3 Pro or Duel 3 of its brand. However, it seems the OEM will go a different way with this device after all.

It has unveiled a teaser for the Legion Y90, a mobile device that might become its third-gen flagship smartphone. The move does make sense in light of tips pointing to the name "Legion Y700" for its first-gen gaming tablet: both new terms do bring them into line with their brand more effectively.

Accordingly, this Y90 might launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Then again, Lenovo has, confusingly enough, released a list of specs that match those of the Phone Duel 2/2 Pro exactly, 6.92-inch E4 AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 720Hz touch-sampling rate included, in conjunction with this new device.

The OEM has yet to show the Y90 from the back, although it is possible it might follow its possible predecessor in a physical fan-heavy design. Lenovo is already touting it in terms of its "double engine air-cooled" properties.

Meanwhile, the leaker Lin Lin has posted on Weibo intimating they have had hands-on experience with the phone. They claim that it can stay at 38.9°C after 20 minutes of gaming involving frame-rates pushed to 122fps, thereby implying the performance potential of this upcoming 2022 gaming phone.

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The Legion Y90's inaugural teaser. (Source: Lenovo via Weibo)
The Legion Y90's inaugural teaser. (Source: Lenovo via Weibo)
A leaker claims this screenshot is from Lenovo's third-gen gaming phone. (Source: Lin Lin via Weibo)
A leaker claims this screenshot is from Lenovo's third-gen gaming phone. (Source: Lin Lin via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-24 (Update: 2021-12-31)