We are not quite sure that there is a great demand for them, but ~ $ 1000 gaming phones are something manufacturers continue to push on the market. If nothing else, they are at least interesting, and the latest entry, “Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2”, has one of the most extreme cooling solutions in a phone ever.
The phone design is about the camera bump – it feels like selling it to just call it a “camera bump” – snap in the middle of the phone case. This shock covers about 25 percent of the back of the phone and houses two cameras, an RGB LED lighting system, a pop-up camera in the landscape (!), And two internal cooling fans.
Lenovo’s internal charts show a large amount of copper and graphite heat sinks inside the phone; the plates contribute to the phone’s impressive weight of 259 g. In landscape mode, it looks like the fan in the lower left corner of the rear shock is exposed to the outside world and draws in cool air. The air then moves along the copper ducts and can exit the valve at the bottom or be blown out of the top with a new, completely internal fan in the upper right corner of the rear shock.
The front camera is a pop-up camera, which also lives in the rear bump, and it shoots out of the side of the phone, so there is a pop-up camera in the landscape. Lenovo imagines that Twitch streamers will use the pop-up camera to live stream a mobile phone game with camera food. There is even support for overlays and virtual avatars. The power button is actually on on the top of the popup camera, which is strange.
The phone seems 100 percent designed to stay in landscape mode, and keeping it in portrait mode, as if you were making a regular phone, seems like an interesting suggestion. It looks like the thickest part of the phone will be right where you grab it. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. Lenovo’s press release points to several thoughtful design considerations for landscaping, such as how the centrally located SoC and cooling means that your hands are kept away from the heat dissipating parts of the phone, and that the dual battery, divided between the left and right sides of the phone, is “built for players to feel the weight of the phone more evenly in their hands. ” Just like on a game controller, there are two vibration motors.
There are six extra buttons on the back. Four ultrasound shoulder buttons on the top of the phone (in landscape format) replicate the L1 / R1 L2 / R2 design of most console controllers, and a touch point on each side of the rear bump can also be used. Most smartphone games are touch-only, but you can usually assign these buttons to virtual touch points on the screen, ensuring compatibility with most games.
As with the Asus ROG phones, there are two USB-C ports on this device, one on the bottom of the phone and one on the side, making it easier to charge the phone while playing in the landscape. One of the crazier features of Lenovo gaming phones is the ability to use both USB-C ports simultaneously for 90 W charging over two cables. We’re not kidding. (Sold separately) The 90W charger for your phone actually has two USB ports on it, comes with two USB-C cables, and you need to connect them both at the same time. Lenovo says that “ultra-fast dual charge” will charge the phone to around 80 percent in 17 minutes, with full charge taking half an hour.
The specifications are about what you expect for an advanced phone. You get a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, a 5500 mAh battery and Android 11 with Lenovo’s “ZUI 12.5” skin. The screen is a 144 Hz, 6.92-inch, 2460 × 1080 OLED.
Lenovo’s press release tries to justify the existence of the gaming phone market by saying that there were 2.6 billion “mobile players” last year, but the company immediately takes the leap that these are all hardcore PC gamer types who want RGB LEDs and edgy laser beam . design. The most popular games on the Play Store are all casual games like endless runners, turn-based games and puzzles, while these gaming phones all talk about smashing people at 144 frames per second and pew the competition. If there is something like “mobile gaming enthusiasts”, it is best to just buy an iPhone, which has better app support thanks to a more profitable app store and simpler, console-like hardware support.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 will be shipped this month in China and will be out in May 2021 in Europe, starting at € 799.00 (~ $ 950). Lenovo leaves the door open for a US launch and says: “The availability of North America will be determined.”
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