Lenovo’s subsequent gaming cellphone leaked earlier this week, however now the corporate is formally sharing particulars in regards to the new gadget, known as the Legion Cellphone Duel 2. It’s a beast in each means — with a 6.92-inch display, this can be a gigantic cellphone that homes two batteries, two USB-C ports, and two precise spinning followers, in addition to a digicam bump that makes us barely remorse we already used the “that’s no moon; it’s an area station” joke on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely.
A few of its options are carryovers from Lenovo’s unique Android gaming cellphone, the Legion Cellphone 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 bizarre selection of centering the cellphone’s different two cameras round again, however now that raised digicam bump homes a outstanding 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 fingers.
These followers, 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 relies on Android 11.
The Duel 2 is available in both “Titanium White” or “Final Black”, however actually it’s the digicam bump, Legion brand, and fan gap that make the Duel 2 appear like nothing else available on the market — besides, maybe, the Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final with its uncommon rear display and optionally available fan attachment snapped on. Lenovo doesn’t point out in its announcement whether or not the Twin 2’s colourful again design is lit with a customizable gentle, however even with out the glow, it appears able to take up area on somebody’s desk alongside a RGB-lit gaming PC.
On the entrance, the Duel 2 contains a 2,460 x 1,080 144Hz high-refresh charge OLED show with 800 nits of brightness (1300 nits at most), which needs to be greater than shiny 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 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, identical to the unique Duel, with background elimination. There’s nonetheless a 64-megapixel essential digicam round again, in addition to a 16-megapixel ultrawide.
The Twin’s two USB-C ports — one on the lengthy aspect of the cellphone and one on the underside — can be utilized for 90W quick charging should you purchase an optionally available adapter, and Lenovo claims utilizing them concurrently can fill the cellphone’s two separate 2,750 mAh batteries in half-hour. Utilizing two cables to cost a cellphone without delay is form of a humorous picture, however these sorts of issues exit the window once you purchase a Legion Cellphone Duel 2.
Lenovo says a full cost ought to provide you with “as much as 8 hours” of “intermittent gameplay.”
The Duel 2 comes with 5G connectivity, on this case with help for each sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum, theoretically in service of sooner video and sport streaming, and helps dual-SIM for 2 connections without delay. To recreate a few of the expertise of utilizing a controller when you play, the Duel 2 additionally options 4 “shoulder” buttons enabled by means of haptic suggestions and ultrasonic sensors on the perimeters of the cellphone, two capacitive contact factors on the again, and two pressure contact factors within the show. (Haptics are supplied 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 complete image we’d advocate digging into Lenovo’s spec sheet:
As an entire package deal, the Duel 2 shares various similarities with its opponents. The Asus ROG 5 Final additionally has a number of USB-C ports, a novel methodology for simulating further button inputs, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, and an optionally available clip-on cooling fan. The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Professional has even fancier magnetically lifting bodily buttons and an optionally available fan accent as effectively. And a few gaming telephones have had built-in followers prior to now: look no additional than the Nubia Purple Magic 3 for a tool with further cooling from the get-go.
As with many gaming telephones, the necessary query could also be availability. At the moment, Lenovo plans to launch the Lenovo Legion Cellphone Duel 2 in China this month, and it ought to come to Europe later in Might. 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 cellphone with 12GB and 256GB respectively.
Lenovo hasn’t but introduced if the Duel 2 will come to the US.