When is a smartphone no longer a smartphone but a mobile console? That might be the question for Lenovo’s new Legion Phone Duel 2. The new smartphone comes with two USB-C ports for 90-watt charging, eight virtual keys and a flip-out selfie cam that allows Twitch streaming.
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Speaking of gaming, the Lenovo offers a lot of features for gamers. It has eight “Octa-Trigger” virtual buttons that you can assign to different controls, two fans to keep the phone cool, dual haptic motors, and software tweaks to adjust your gameplay.
Look at the back of the phone and you will notice a strange arrangement. Lenovo has delegated most of the heat generating components to the center of the phone and the fans mentioned above. That’s supposedly to keep the phone cool, but it also let Lenovo split the total 5,500mAh battery in half and slide it aside.
Not only does that setup give you a natural place to keep your hands in a horizontal position, but it also lets Lenovo use its charging trick. The Legion has two USB-C ports instead of the usual one. Plus, it comes with a 90 Watt brick with two USB-C ports. Connect two cables from brick to phone and it charges at an astonishing 90 watts, even above the OnePlus, which manages 65 watts.
It does that by charging “both batteries” in parallel (at the same time). If you only use one cord, you still charge the entire battery, but ‘only’ at 45 watts. If you’re ready to stream to Twitch or other services, the Legion can help with that too.
It has a pop-out 44MP selfie camera hidden under the power button. When you turn on streaming and turn on the camera, the phone sends your game stream and your video, so you have a full streaming setup right out of the box. It’s not a gaming device without RGB, and the Legion is no exception. You will find RGB lighting that you can adjust on the back and in the main fan.
If you want to use the Legion as a regular phone, you can do that too. It runs on Android 11 and has two rear cameras, a 64MP main lens and a 16MP ultra wide angle lens. Sadly, the one thing Lenovo isn’t promising yet is availability and pricing in the US.
Lenovo plans to launch the Legion first in China this month, followed by a possible launch in Europe in May. In Europe, the phone includes a charging station and the price is available from € 999, -.