One of the strangely persistent trends in recent years is “gaming phones”, designs that have been adjusted (sometimes dramatically) for mobile gaming performance. Lenovo made one with its Legion game brand last year, and according to a leak posted on Antutus Weibo account, it is back with a different design. This one is outlandish, even for a gaming phone.
The first Legion phone was not exactly subtle, with splashy styling at the back, a center-mounted camera module (so your hands do not cover it when playing), and a pop-up selfie camera mounted on the side. The leaked images of a 2nd generation version seem to be even more bombastic: the entire center module is raised with separate panels on both sides, giving the grip that vaguely resembles Game Boy Advance. Unless my eyes are fooling me, the center panel also has a small, built-in cooling fan, something other gaming phones reserve for accessories.
The distinctive pop-up selfie camera is not visible from behind, but there is definitely something there on the side of the phone, as shown in the image above. It seems to be a cosmetic change, since there is definitely no hole for a forward-facing camera anywhere on the screen itself. The stereo speakers appear to be intact, and it appears that the “ultrasound shutter buttons” are still in place, as is the side-mounted USB-C port. Again, for the gameplay.
The original Legion phone used a state-of-the-art processor, massive 90-watt dual-chamber batteries and a 144Hz display with a 240Hz touch sampling rate. Assuming these leaks are real and the phone hits the market, you can expect at least that much, with maybe a few more new tricks.