The gaming smartphone market is heating up, with several options now available or soon to arrive for those who want the best graphical performance from their handset. One eagerly anticipated model is the sequel to 2020’s Legion Phone Duel from Lenovo, with the second-gen device set to launch tomorrow.
Here’s all we know about the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 ahead of its official unveiling.
When will the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 be released?
A recent post on the Lenovo Weibo page (a hugely popular social media site in China) featured a teaser poster that seemed to announce that the Lenovo Legion Pro 2 (the Duel was called Pro in China) will make its debut on 8 April 2021.
The image is accompanied by some interesting statements, including ‘Generation is stronger than generation’ and ‘The hero appears at the end, because the hero comes out to solve problems that others can’t solve.’
While some of the odd phrasing is most likely due to the machine translation of the post from its original Chinese to English, it does give the appearance that Lenovo is feeling quite confident about its new model.
The original Lenovo Legion Phone Duel/Pro was announced in China on 22 July 2020, going on sale within a few days, but it wasn’t until October 2020 that it arrived in the UK. If Lenovo follows suit, then the Legion Phone Duel 2 may not come to these shores until July 2021.
Lenovo didn’t release the original Legion in the USA and judging by the ongoing acrimony towards Chinese phones, we don’t think it’s likely that its successor will change that story.
How much will the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 cost?
There are no firm details regarding cost at the moment, but with the expected top-line specs it’s likely that the handset will be priced very similar to or even slightly higher than the original. Here’s how the different versions lined up:
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 12GB RAM/256GB Storage: £799
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 16GB RAM/512GB Storage: £899
If Lenovo stays at this price point, it will go head-to-head with the likes of the recently announced ROG Phone 5 that costs £799 for the 12GB/256GB version and £899 if you want 16GB/256GB.
What new features will we see in the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2?
Lenovo has yet to confirm anything except the announcement date, but that hasn’t stopped some eagle-eyed tech watchers from digging up some clues.
One such reporter who specialises in leaks is Abhishek Yadav who posted on Twitter in March that a new device from Lenovo had turned up on Geekbench, revealing that it packed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, Adreno 660 GPU and 16GB of RAM.
Lenovo Legion 2 Pro spotted on geekbench with whopping 16GB of ram.>16GB ram>Android 11>Snapdragon 888>Adreno 660#LenovoLegion2Pro #Legion2Pro pic.twitter.com/jm3E4YswPa
— Abhishek Yadav (@yabhishekhd)
March 9, 2021
This would tally with many people’s expectations of the power needed by a gaming phone in 2021. However, it may only apply to the Pro model, with Lenovo set to unveil two new phones this time around.
GSMArena has been extensively reporting on the Legion 2 Pro in the run-up to launch. An article from 1 April reported on benchmark scores which appear to confirm a few of the phone’s key specs. These include a 6.92in Full HD+ (2460×1080) AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 processor. On 3 April, we got more news, via an official Weibo post from Lenovo. This all but confirmed the phone’s 5,500mAh battery (a 500mAh increase over the original) and 90W fast charging. The latter will likely require two USB-C ports to be connected at the same time, each at 45W.
A 5 April GSMArena article then reported on two separate Sparrows News articles. One suggested the phone will come with a 64Mp main rear sensor and 44Mp pop-up selfie camera, with the latter returning to it’s unusual position halfway down one side of the phone. The other suggested it would have “the world’s first dual vortex fan super liquid cooling integrated cooling system”. This will be comprised of twin turbo fans which can be used simultaneously to keep the device cool under all circumstances.
One of the final leaks before launch came on 6 April, with GSMArena reporting on what look to be legitimate photos of the device from AnTuTu on Weibo. They show the Legion Duel 2’s quirky rear design, complete with built in fan and dual battery design:
An earlier article from GSM Arena reported on a Lenovo Weibo post with the tagline ‘A new storm has appeared, you can crush everything’. The direct translation makes it difficult to draw any conclusions here, but it sounds like Lenovo is pitching the Legion Phone 2 Pro as the ultimate gaming phone.
We’ll update this article as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back after the 8 April announcement.
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