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Lenovo Legion Duel 2 review: A Surprise for Gamers

The Legion Phone Duel 2 is a worthy successor to last year’s gaming smartphone, and it builds on the company’s innovative concept with some high-end specs and a host of other enhancements. It has a pop-up selfie camera, two charging ports, a decent gaming cooling system, and mappable buttons for gaming experiences but it’s not for everyone. However, if you’re looking for a smartphone that’s built for PUBG Mobile or some other common multiplayer games, this might be the smartphone for you. This Lenovo Legion Duel 2 review will unfold the key specs and other features the phone is adorned with.

Pros
  • Incredible haptics
  • High performance
  • Fast dual 90W charging
  • Gaming-focused design features
  • Cheerful 144Hz AMOLED display
Cons
  • Tentative updates
  • No wireless charging
  • Difficult to use in portrait
  • Typical camera performance

Design

The device has curved aluminium sides, two USB-C ports, and a raised back with two active cooling fans on either side. A very noisy pop-out camera is located on the right side, which should appeal to gamers who wish to film themselves during streaming.

lenovo legion duel 2 design (2)

The Legion Duel 2’s striking nature isn’t without flaws, as it makes day-to-day use somewhat unrealistic. The feeling of using the phone in portrait mode is inconvenient. Keeping the phone one-handed is odd due to the elevated back, and I wasn’t certain where my hand was meant to go, ending in me covering several cameras on the back.

The elevated back of Lenovo Legion Duel 2 allows for a very relaxed gaming experience when kept horizontally. Because the CPU, GPU, and fans are all located in the middle of the unit, the Legion Duel 2 concentrates heat in the center, keeping your hands comfortable during long gaming sessions. Four ultrasonic shoulder triggers, two capacitive buttons on the front, and two pressure-sensitive buttons on the screen round out the device’s active triggers.

Display

Lenovo Legion Duel 2 display

As far as the Lenovo Legion Duel 2 display is concerned, a massive 6.92-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2460 and a refresh rate of 144Hz is included. It also has a 720Hz touch sampling rate, which is a requirement for modern gaming phones. The phone’s display appears vivid and crisp based on our limited experience till now.

Since there isn’t a cut-out for a selfie camera, rather a pop-up selfie camera sits along the right hand edge of the screen, it’s especially convenient for gaming. This implies you’ll be shooting selfies with the phone in landscape mode, which you can do by launching the app’s camera. You can then either close the app or close the camera by pressing the power button on top.

Gaming

Legion Duel 2 gaming

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset within the Lenovo Legion Phone 2 is the best processor available today on Android phones. We noticed the processor was willing to load up matches as easily as any other flagship phone we’ve used in our limited gaming till now – we haven’t had the phone long – and visually it has looked amazing so far.

The Legion Phone Duel 2 has a specially engineered twin turbo-fan cooling system, which ensures that your phone doesn’t overheat when you’re playing games. We’re testing the variant with 16GB of RAM, so you might find a slight drop in quality if you go with the 12GB version, but we don’t think it’ll have a significant impact on your experience.

The Legion Duel 2 is also 5G supported which means that whether you have a compatible network or carrier, you will be willing to connect to the fastest internet available.

Battery

The Legion Duel 2 is equipped with a large 5,500mAh battery. The battery lasts for a whole day and some more. The gadget easily lasted well into the second day of my testing, which included social media, a few hours of YouTube, an hour or so of gaming, and some photography. Bear in mind that the display was still set to 144Hz. I didn’t play for long periods of time, but after an hour or two of 3D gaming, the phone appeared to drop at a rate of about 25% per hour. This is comparable to rivals like the Red Magic 6 and Asus ROG Phone 5, but the Legion Duel 2 outperforms them in terms of charging speeds.

duel charging

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According to Lenovo, the Duel 2 will charge from zero to 100 percent in just 30 minutes. I was able to verify these points, and in my trial, the phone charged from 0% to 50% in 11 minutes, and from 50% to 100% in 33 minutes. The 90W dual charger provided in the box allows for these insanely fast speeds. In order to achieve these crazy charging speeds, you’ll need to use two USB-C cables. In reality, this is a relatively painless procedure that took no longer than plugging in a single cable. Furthermore, the placement of USB-C ports makes charging when gaming more normal.

Cameras

So far as Lenovo Legion phone duel 2 cameras are concerned, at first look, the cameras seem to have remained largely unchanged. On the back, there are two lenses: a primary lens with 64 megapixels and a wide-angle lens with 16 megapixels. These are the same lenses as the predecessor, but thanks to the new SoC, the main camera can now capture 8K photos.

 camera

The main camera also produces photos with 16 megapixels, but four pixels are merged into one to maximize the intensity of light. Full-resolution shooting is also feasible, but only in a specific mode. We liked the predecessors’ photos because they had a lot of specifics and nice colors, and the same can be said for the Legion Phone Duel 2.

Low-light and high-contrast photos are still very detailed, however as other smartphone cameras demonstrate, a minor brightening improvement is still feasible. The front-facing camera has 44 megapixels and uses pixel binning, which implies it only produces 11-megapixel images but with better light sensitivity. The selfies seem to be crisp and well-lit.

Specs

Display6.92-inch AMOLED
FHD+
HDR10+
144Hz refresh rate
720HZ touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
GPUQualcomm Adreno 660
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage256/512GB UFS 3.1
Non-expandable
RAM12/16/18GB LPDDR5
CamerasPrimary:
64MP OmniVision flagship OV64A, 10x digital zoom
f/1.9 aperture, 82° field of view
1.0 μm pixel
Dual-LED flash
8K/24fps, 4K/60fps video
Secondary:
16MP ultra-wide sensor
f/2.2, 123° field of view
1.0 μm pixel
Front: 44MP Samsung GH1+
f/2.40 aperture
.07 μm pixels
Battery5,000mAh battery; 90W dual-wired charging
Operating SystemZUI 12.5 Android 11
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
Dual nano-SIM
AudioDual Stereo speakers with Dobly Atmos
ColorsUltimate Black and Titanium White
Dimensions176mm x 78.5mm x 9.9mm (12.56mm mid)
259g

Release Date and Price

As far as the Lenovo Legion Duel 2 release date is concerned, Lenovo does not yet have a confirmed release date, however the organization has confirmed that it will be available in Europe in May. We assume this will be the case in the United Kingdom, but Lenovo has yet to confirm. We haven’t heard if the phone will be released in the United States or Australia, but we’ll refresh this review as soon as we learn more.

As far as the Lenovo Legion Phone 2 price is concerned, the device will be available in the UK for £699 (roughly $950/AU$1,250) for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For £899 (roughly $1,250/AU$1,600), you can get a charging dock with the largest model, which has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

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