Gaming phone these days have gotten out of our imagination with their unconventional designs and beefy spec sheets. Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 certainly stays true to that word. It’s a mighty beast from the outside and inside — a huge 6.92-inch screen that is powered by two batteries, two USB-C ports, and two spinning fans for your gaming needs.
Some features have been borrowed from Lenovo’s previous Android gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel, including the twin USB-C ports and a pop-up selfie camera for streamers. There are also two cameras that have been centered on the phone with a prominent bump which now holds not just one but two fans, used for intake and exhaust. The split design is not just for ergonomics but it also keeps the heat away from your hands, says Lenovo.
Those fans, alongside a vapor chamber in Duel 2 are there for a reason — they are used to bring cool air to and from the new Snapdragon 888 chipset, up to a whopping 18GB of RAM, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Out of the box, you’ll have Lenovo’s ZUI 12.5 running which is based on Android 11.
Aesthetically, the Duel 2 is as unique as it can get, all thanks to that camera bump, Legion logo, and a fan hole. Barring the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, which has a rear screen, the Duel 2 looks nothing like phones in the market. Lenovo, however, doesn’t mention if the colorful back design with the Legion logo is customizable, but even without the lights, it’s surely a head-turner.
The front is fully highlighted by a 1080p 144Hz OLED panel with up to 1300 nits of peak brightness, which should come in handy while outdoor gaming. Turn the phone around in the landscape, and the Duel 2 welcomes you with a 44MP selfie camera that can be used for live streaming. Not that it’s important but you do get a 64MP main camera alongside a 16MP ultrawide camera at the rear if in case you need it.
The Duel 2 has two USB-C ports — one at the side and the other at the bottom — that you can leverage for 90W fast charging with an after-market adapter, which can fill the phone’s two separate 2,750mAh batteries in about 30 minutes. Charging one phone with two charging cables might look comical, but we are you won’t mind it with how fast it charges the batteries.
The Duel 2 comes with 5G connectivity with support for both sub-GHz and mmWave spectrum. There are also other gamer features like shoulder triggers on four sides that are haptic-feedback enabled. There are also ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the phone, two capacitive touchpoints at the rear, two force touchpoints in the display.
Like every other gaming phone out there, the subject to availability is always in question, especially for a country like Nepal. The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 will go on sale in China this month and Europe in May. The European model is said to start at a price of €999, which is around NPR 141,000 in Nepal for 16GB/512GB variant, and a charging dock, or €799 (around NPR 113,000) without any bundles for 12GB/256GB variant.