Regardless of a bumpy start, cellphone makers haven’t given up on gaming handsets. Buoyed by the looks of cloud gaming firms, equivalent to Xbox Recreation Move and Google Stadia, the likes of ASUS and China’s Nubia have launched extremely efficient devices designed for gaming on the go. Now, Lenovo is returning to the world with the follow-up to its first gaming cellphone from remaining yr. The brand new Legion Cellphone Duel 2 retains the distinctive’s consider panorama use, nonetheless doubles down on controls by together with an entire of eight digital keys to convey it nearer to the feel of a gamepad.
Its “octa-triggers” embody 4 ultrasonic shoulder keys, two rear and two in-display touchpoints. These are paired with a 720Hz contact sampling charge (higher than double the responsiveness and accuracy provided by the ASUS ROG Cellphone 5 and the Nubia Purple Magic 6). Lenovo says the setup is designed to match a gamer’s pure grip when held horizontally, allowing you to hold out additional actions in battle when tempo counts.
In fact, none of those controls would matter if the brand new Legion didn’t have the specs to once more them up. Lenovo’s system is the latest to hitch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 membership alongside its gaming-oriented rivals. It moreover retains the swish 144Hz refresh charge from the distinctive Legion, which matches the ASUS ROG 5, nonetheless falls in want of the latest Nubia’s 165Hz. (The quirky pop-up selfie digicam on the side is once more, too, though it has been upgraded from 20MP to 44MP). Whereas the 6.92-inch AMOLED full HD present is solely a tad larger than the ASUS ROG 5 and likewise helps HDR 10+.
The Legion choices a cooling system powered by twin turbo-fans for when you’re gaming for longer durations. Lenovo has moreover caught the cellphone’s processor inside the middle, so your fingers don’t really feel as loads heat in panorama mode. The brand new handset moreover packs twin batteries that blend to produce 5,500mAh of vitality — 10 p.c higher than its predecessor — along with quicker 90W fast charging and two USB-C ports.
Costs for the brand new cellphone start from €999 ($1,185) for the 16GB/512GB model with charging dock included, whereas the 12GB/256GB alternative with out the extra accent costs €799 ($948). The cellphone will in all probability be on the market in China first starting in April after which make it to select markets in Asia Pacific and Europe the subsequent month. Lenovo says that availability in North America is however to be determined.