Despite a bumpy start, phone makers have not given up on gaming handsets. Buoyed by the arrival of cloud gaming providers, equivalent to Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia, the likes of ASUS and China’s Nubia have launched highly effective units designed for gaming on the go. Now, Lenovo is returning to the world with the follow-up to its first gaming phone from final 12 months. The new Legion Phone Duel 2 retains the unique’s concentrate on panorama use, however doubles down on controls by including a whole of eight digital keys to carry it nearer to the texture of a gamepad.
Its “octa-triggers” embrace 4 ultrasonic shoulder keys, two rear and two in-display touchpoints. These are paired with a 720Hz touch sampling rate (greater than double the responsiveness and accuracy supplied by the ASUS ROG Phone 5 and the Nubia Red Magic 6). Lenovo says the setup is designed to match a gamer’s pure grip when held horizontally, permitting you to carry out extra actions in battle when velocity counts.
Of course, none of these controls would matter if the new Legion did not have the specs to again them up. Lenovo’s gadget is the most recent to affix the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 membership alongside its gaming-oriented rivals. It additionally retains the graceful 144Hz refresh rate from the unique Legion, which matches the ASUS ROG 5, however falls in need of the most recent Nubia’s 165Hz. (The quirky pop-up selfie digicam on the aspect is again, too, although it has been upgraded from 20MP to 44MP). While the 6.92-inch AMOLED full HD show is simply a tad bigger than the ASUS ROG 5 and likewise helps HDR 10+.
The Legion options a cooling system powered by twin turbo-fans for if you’re gaming for longer intervals. Lenovo has additionally caught the phone’s processor within the center, so your fingers do not feel as a lot warmth in panorama mode. The new handset additionally packs twin batteries that mix to supply 5,500mAh of energy — 10 % greater than its predecessor — together with faster 90W quick charging and two USB-C ports.
Prices for the new phone begin from €999 ($1,185) for the 16GB/512GB mannequin with charging dock included, whereas the 12GB/256GB choice with out the additional accent prices €799 ($948). The phone will probably be obtainable in China first beginning in April after which make it to pick out markets in Asia Pacific and Europe the next month. Lenovo says that availability in North America is but to be decided.