The Lenovo Legion Duel is Lenovo’s first foray into the smartphone gaming space. The fact that the Legion Duel was released after a ton of high tech gaming smartphones have been released, shows that Lenovo had enough time to study the trends. As such Lenovo is offering a very powerful gaming smartphone that goes toe to toe with the likes of the Asus Rog Phone 3.
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Lenovo Legion Duel Key Specs & Features
- 6.65 inch AMOLED Display, 1080 x 2340 pixels (388 PPI), 144Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+
- Android 10, Legion OS/ ZUI12
- Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+)
- 12GB / 16GB RAM
- 256GB / 512GB Built-in Storage
- 64MP + 16MP Dual Rear camera
- 20MP Motorized Pop-up Selfie Camera
- 5G Support
- Ultrasonic Trigger Buttons
- Fingerprint Scanner (Under Display)
- 90W Turbo Charge
- 5000mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
Design and Display
The Lenovo Legion duel design is characterized by gamer aesthetics. Which sort of makes it’s homely for gamer enthusiasts. It features bright color accents that sort of mimics the lighting on gaming PCs. Color options available include Vengeance Red and Blazing Blue.
The chassis placements were arranged intuitively to meet the requirements for good ergonomics during gaming. Placing the USB ports and a pop-up camera on the side were some of the measures taken.
During gaming, your smartphone is mostly placed in a horizontal position. Having the charging port on the side means enthusiasts won’t suffer the discomfort that goes along with the obstruction the USB cord brings when plugged in the traditional bottom position.
Placing the pop-up camera on the side is also geared at improving ergonomics. You won’t probably indulge in taking selfies during gaming, but in times where you have to do live game stream, having the pop-up camera on top won’t really make any sense because your hands are going to cause obstruction.
Moving on to the rear panel, Lenovo also made a non-regular move, a move that may appear bizarre at first. The rear cameras were placed in a position that is a bit lower than what we are used to seeing. Lenovo’s reason for doing this is to prevent your cameras from being smudged by your camera when holding the phone in landscape.
Moving upfront, we have a 6.65 inch AMOLED Display, with a 1080 x 2340 resolution, screen density of 388 PPI and a 144Hz refresh rate, which is similar to what we saw on the Red magic 5G
Ultrasonic Trigger Buttons
Without a doubt, having game buttons on the display of your smartphone sorts of reduces the screen estate. It is for the reason that Lenovo opted for touch-sensitive points, which are similar to the Air triggers we have on the Asus Rog Phone 3 Strix and its more premium sibling.
These sensitive touch points referred to as ultrasonic trigger buttons can be programmed to serve as controls for different actions during gameplay.
The cameras on the Lenovo Legion duel aren’t as overkill as other features. If falls short when compared with the likes of the Black Shark 3 pro, which has a more elaborate camera setup.
The rear camera setup is home to two cameras which comprise a 64MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 16MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2. This setup is capable of shooting videos maxed at 4k @ 30fps. You also get HDR and Panoroma for photos.
Selfies are manned by a 20MP side-mounted motorized pop-up camera with an aperture of f/2.2. videos are capped at 4k @ 30fps. You also get HDR for photos.
Hardware and Software
As mentioned earlier, the Lenovo Legion Duel is packed with features that make it a top competitor in the smartphone gaming category. The majority of these features are the ones fueling performance.
Under the hood of this smartphone is an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 plus processor, which is 10% faster than the standard Snapdragon 865 processor.
Other features include an Adreno 650 GPU, options for either 12GB RAM or 16GB, options for either 256GB or 512GB internal storage, and a non-removable 5000mAh Li-Po battery.
One of the biggest features of the Lenovo Legion duel is its exceptional charging speeds. The maxed-out 16GB / 512GB variants have 90W fast charge capacity.
This means enthusiasts can get a 100% charge in about 30 mins as advertised. However please note that it can only be achieved when you connect chargers to the two charging ports at the same time.
Lower variants are equipped with a 65W fast charge capacity. It isn’t as fast as the aforementioned, but it’s far from being slow.
On the software side, the Lenovo Legion Duel runs Legion OS/ ZUI12 on top of the Android 10 operating system.
The Lenovo Legion Duel features two USB type-c ports, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, wifi 6, and lots more. Please note that it doesn’t feature a headphone jack.
Internet connectivity is capped at 5G, which means enthusiasts can stream, download, and upload at 5G speed provided they are in an area with 5G reception.
Lenovo Legion Duel Price and Availability
Lenovo Legion Duel price is expected at around $500. The Lenovo Legion Duel was announced on July 22, 2020, and will be on sale from Aug 2020.
Lenovo Legion Duel Specs
Here are a few specs of the Lenovo Legion Duel:
- Platform: Android 10, Legion OS / ZUI12
- Processor: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 2.42 GHz Tri-core Kryo 585 & 1.8 GHz quad-core Kryo 585)
- GPU: Adreno 650
- Memory: 12GB RAM / 16GB RAM
- Colours: Vengeance Red, Blazing Blue
- Dimension: 169.2 x 78.5 x 9.9 mm
- Weight: 239 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Display: 6.65 inch AMOLED Display, 1080 x 2340 pixels (388 PPI), 144Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+
- Screen Protection: Yes
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 64MP (Wide) f/1.9 + 16MP (Ultrawide) f/2.2
- Rear Camera Features: Dual-LED dual-tone flash, Panorama, HDR, [email protected] gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 20MP Motorized pop-up Camera, f/2.2, LED flash, HDR, 4k @ 30fps
- Built-in Storage: 256GB / 512GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 – International
- 5G: 1, 3, 28, 38, 41, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Two USB Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connectors, USB On-The-Go
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Under Display, Optical),
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: –
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 5000 mAh Li-Po Non-Removable Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 90W, 50% in 10 min, 100% in 30 min (512GB 16GB RAM model), 65W, (128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM Models)