Lenovo’s next gaming phone leaked earlier this week, but now the company officially shares details about the new device, called the Legion Phone Duel 2. It’s an animal in every way – with a 6.92-inch screen, this is a giant phone that houses two batteries, two USB-C ports, and two actual spin fans, as well as a camera bump that makes us regret a bit that we already used “there is no moon; it’s a space station ”joke on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
Some of the features are transfers from Lenovo’s original Android gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel, including the two USB-C ports and a pop-up selfie camera designed for streamers. Like the original Duel, Lenovo also maintains the unusual choice of centering the phone̵
These fans, along with a steam chamber, help the Duel 2 funnel cool air to and from the new Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of UFS3.1 storage. It runs on Lenovo’s ZUI 12.5, which the company says is based on Android 11.
Duel 2 comes in either “Titanium White” or “Ultimate Black”, but really it is the camera bump, the Legion logo and the fan hole that make Duel 2 look like nothing else on the market – except maybe the Asus ROG phone 5 Ultimate with its unusual rear fender and accessory for fan attached. Lenovo does not mention in the announcement whether the Dual 2’s colorful rear design is illuminated with an adjustable light, but even without glow, it seems clear to take up space on someone’s desk together with an RGB-lit gaming PC.
On the front, the Duel 2 has a 2,460 x 1,080 144Hz OLED screen with a high refresh rate and 800 brightness (max. 1300 nit), which should be more than bright enough for outdoor play. It is also physically larger than its 6.92-inch predecessor, up from a 6.65-inch screen. Duel 2’s pop-up 44 megapixel selfie camera (up to 20 megapixels) can be viewed for live streaming or video chats, just like the original Duel, with background removal. There is still a 64-megapixel main camera around the back, as well as a 16-megapixel ultra-wide.
Duals to USB-C ports – one on the long side of the phone and one on the bottom – can be used for 90 W fast charging if you buy an adapter (optional), and Lenovo claims to use them at the same time can charge the phone’s two separate 2,750 mAh batteries of 30 minutes. Using two cables to charge a phone at once is a bit of a fun picture, but such considerations go out the window when buying a Legion Phone Duel 2.
Lenovo says that full charge will give you “up to 8 hours” of “intermittent gaming”.
Duel 2 comes with 5G connectivity, in this case with support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum, theoretically in service of faster video and game streaming, and supports dual-SIM for two connections simultaneously. To recreate the experience of using a controller while playing, the Duel 2 also has four “shoulder” buttons activated through haptic feedback and ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the phone, two capacitive touch points on the back and two powerful touch points on the display. (Haptics are provided by a pair of linear motors, another place where Lenovo decided that one was not enough.)
There are even more specs to pour over, so if you want the full picture, we recommend digging into Lenovo’s spec sheet:
As a whole package, Duel 2 shares more than a few similarities with the competition. The Asus ROG 5 Ultimate also features multiple USB-C ports, a unique method for simulating additional button inputs, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor and an optional clip-on fan. Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro has even more advanced magnetic lifting physical buttons and optional fan accessories as well. And some gaming phones have had built-in fans in the past: Look no further than the Nubia Red Magic 3 for a device with extra cooling from the start.
As with many gaming phones, the important question may be availability. Lenovo is currently planning to launch the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 in China this month, and it will arrive in Europe later in May. The European model will sell for € 999 (around $ 1186) with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and an included charging station, or € 799 (around $ 948) as a standalone phone with 12 GB and 256 GB respectively.
Lenovo has not yet announced whether Duel 2 will arrive in the United States.