Lenovo today unveiled its first gaming phone, the Legion Duel (Legion Pro in China), which has had plenty of teasers in recent months. Legion is a well-known brand in the area of gaming laptops, but also desktops, and now it also enters in the area of gaming smartphones, where it duels with ASUS, Nubia, Vivo iQOO, Razer and Xiaomi Black Shark. It stands out with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, the side pop up selfie camera, and the fast charging at 90W.
Legion Duel comes in blue and red and is made of glass and metal. It has a minimalist and symmetrical design with a side-mounted selfie camera and a centrally placed main camera next to an RGB lighting system. We also have side trigger buttons for gaming and 4 microphones for optimal audio capture.
Legion Duel – Display
Lenovo Legion DuelSmartphone has a 6.65 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, but also a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz, so the latency is well kept under control. The screen and trigger buttons are optimized for 130 games.
Legion Duel – Hardware
Display: 6.65 inch, AMOLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 144 Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
RAM: 8/12/16 GB RAM LPDDR5
Storage: 128/256/512 GB UFS 3.1
Battery: 5000 mAh, charging at 90W
Rear camera: 64 MP + 16 MP (ultrawide)
Selfie camera: Pop up 20 MP
Connectivity: 2 USB-C ports (one bottom and one side), WiFi 6, 5G, NFC, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.1
Legion Duel – Camera
The camera setup is unique. We have a dual main camera fixed in the middle of the back, with 64 MP main sensor and 16 MP ultrawide secondary. There’s also a 20 MP pop-up side camera, designed for streaming with FaceCam for gamers. The mechanism is motorized, and if you drop the phone the camera automatically retracts to avoid damage.
The main camera has an F/1.8 aperture, and the second has an F/2.2 aperture. The pop-up camera supports 4K filming at 30 FPS. Lenovo has also prepared special video filters, a green screen effect, and selfie beautification.
Legion Duel – Software and special functions
We don’t have details about the software, but we assume it runs Android 10 with a Lenovo Legion UI applied over it. Of course, we also have an area for customizing the gaming experience, from refresh rate, to cooling, gaming buttons, and RAM / CPU frequency allocation.
We also have a special cooling system, which involves two heat pipes. There is also an X-Axis dual vibration motor, which promises over 100 types of long vibrations and 13 types of short vibrations. We will also have accessories for Legion Duel, including a dock that allows connection to a monitor. There is also Dirac Audio 3D tuned acoustics for stereo front speakers.
Legion Duel – Price and availability
Legion Duel will go on sale in China on August 5th. Pre-orders start today and the entry-level version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage costs $500. We will also see a debut in Europe. Here are all the prices:
8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage: $500
12 GB RAM + 128 GB storage: $557
16 GB RAM + 512 GB storage: $865