Lenovo has revealed its very first gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel, It comes with a pop-up selfie camera that’s embedded along the phone’s side. Given that most games are played in landscape mode, it’s a reasonable place for the camera to be since it guarantees that your palm won’t cover the lens if you’re video chatting or live-streaming a game from the device.
The pop-up camera is a 20-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and an 81.7-degree field of view. This might not be best for selfies or video quality, and it isn’t a perfect location for taking a fast selfie. Lenovo gave enough room in the camera’s enclosure to include a status light for the camera.
The rear camera array is placed right in the middle of the phone’s backside, which isn’t the most suitable location either. Nevertheless, gaming phones have become a playground for exciting features like these, you have to give credit to Lenovo for trying something new here.
The Legion Phone Duel features the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. With this interesting chipset, it’s also a 5G-ready phone that can take advantage of the sub-6GHz spectrum. Lenovo has also packed in dual vibration motors that it says will make games feel more alive, as well as ultrasonic touch-sensitive sensors so you can map what would usually be on-screen virtual buttons to the end of the phone itself, simulating the feel of a real controller.
The Legion Phone Duel has multiple USB-C ports, with one at the bottom of the phone when held in portrait mode and there is other one opposite the pop-up selfie cam on the side. You can use either to charge the phone, you can quickly charge the phone’s two 2,500mAh internal batteries in around 30 minutes by plugging USB-C cables into both ports. It might look ridiculous, but at least you’ll be charged up very quickly.
Lenovo is not going to release this phone in the US. It’s coming first to China in July, then to come of the Asian markets, Latin America, and the EMEA regions (Europe, Middle East, Africa). That is somewhat disappointing to hear because, honestly, I think we all earn a phone that has the words “Stylish Outside” and “Savage Inside” carved onto its back, in this insane year of COIVD.