Lenovo's latest gaming monster: Eight cores, 3.2GHz, giant heat sink, two fans. Oh, and it has a phone bolted on

Mammoth as a mobe, but serious as a game device


Lenovo's latest tech features top-shelf components and new cooling technologies.

Designed for gaming, the Chinese firm claims it provides a 35 per cent performance boost plus a full suite of premium features over the previous generation. The kit is also equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform. Yep. Because it is a phone.

Here are some specs for the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2:

Special features ATA 2.0 (Advanced Technology Architecture), Octa-Trigger in a "console controller-like" array, Nearly 16.8M possible RGB lighting color combinations, Dual HaptiX - Dual X-Axis Haptic Vibration Linear Motors
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform with 5nm processor technology
CPU: 8 cores Kryo™ 680 (1@2.84G + 3@2.42G + 4@1.8G), GPU: Adreno™ 660 @840MHz
Display 6.92" 20.5:9 (2460 x 1080) 144 Hz AMOLED 8-bit HDR gaming display, 720Hz touch sampling rate, Delta-E < 0.5, 800 nits outdoor-readable brightness (1300 nits peak), 111.1% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Pixelworks i6 AI tunning, HDR10+ certified, TÜV Low Blue Light certification, DC dimming, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
Design 176mm x 78.5mm x 9.9mm (12.56mm mid), 259g weight
RAM + Flash 12GB/16GB/18GB LPDDR5 256GB/512GB UFS3.1
Cooling system Twin Turbo-Fan Cooling System, Intake fan with 29 fan blades 12,500 RPM; Output fan with 29 fan blades 15,000 RPM
Front camera 44MP Samsung® GH1+ Camera, f/2.0 aperture, 0.7 µm, 5 lens, 84˚ wide angle
Rear camera 64MP OmniVision® flagship OV64A image sensor, f/1.9 aperture, 1.0 µm pixel, 7 lens, 82° field of view, 16 MP f/2.2 aperture and 123° field of view 1.0 µm pixel
Operating system ZUI 12.5 based on Android 11
Battery Battery: 5500mAh (2750mAh x 2), approximately 8 hours gaming play
Audio Dual front-facing speakers and Dolby Atmos®, 7-magnet stereo speaker with dual smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect, Equivalent to dual 1.6 cc speakers, Audio output: 48 kHz / 16-bit standard (USB-C output), Game mode for better in-game sounding experience with localization capability, Four microphones with noise reduction technology

The ATA 2.0 dual design puts the CPU in the middle, away from gamer hands on the ends of the horizontal device. The Octa-trigger - the eight keys (four on the edge, two on the screen and two on the back) pounded when gamers grab their loot or shoot someone - is meant to support a more "natural grip", with a placement that Lenovo claimed would give couch warriors "the edge in battle."

The screen is slightly bigger than a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra at 6.92 inches. It has a decent refresh ratio of 144Hz and a hefty touch input rate of 720Hz.

Another hefty thing is the price. It will vary depending on location, as will availability. The device should be available this month in China, in Europe and Asia Pacific in May, and who knows when in North America. For Europe, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 with 16GB/512GB memory option and charging dock included will start at around a cool €1,000. ®

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