Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe
Lenovo’s Legion phone is a remarkably fast device and one that surprised me in terms of build quality as well. As the first gaming handheld to come from Lenovo, the Legion Phone sets itself apart by offering top-notch specs for gamers. There are a few typical sacrifices you’ve got to make in order to get a powerful, high-performance gaming device (mostly relating to battery life), but Lenovo seems to have found what will please most users.
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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel: Design
This isn’t a non-gaming phone at all. Although it lacks a holographic ‘X’ and a light-up LED ‘Y’ on its back, its design is still rather a brutalist and angular.
In terms of dimensions, it’s not too large for a gaming device, although it might intimidate someone unfamiliar with the market. Weighing 239g, it is quite heavy.
Power is located on the right side, and it’s low down, so most people should be able to reach it easily. Although it is located conveniently, the left-side volume rocker does not seem to be as convenient as it should be. A second USB-C port is below the volume buttons, so you can connect accessories or fast charge from two ports at the same time.
There are two gaming controls on the right edge, or the top when held landscape. Active Edge buttons on Google Pixel phones feature similar haptic buttons, but there are no physical buttons. These triggers, which only appear on top and bottom of the phone, are easy to miss at first glance, as the only indications of their existence are the two patterns.
The back of the gaming phone lights up, so it’s an attractive feature. The design is disliked by some, liked ironically by others, and actually liked by some. There aren’t too many LEDs on the rear, and they’re not as obtrusive as some others in the gaming industry.
Due to its design, the Legion Phone Duel appears to be primarily intended to be used in landscape orientation (for both gaming and regular use). This is evident in two key design choices. Also, the camera is low enough so that when you are taking pictures of landscapes, the lenses, which are flush with the backglass, don’t get accidentally covered.
Moreover, while you are holding it in portrait orientation, the selfie camera on the top is technically on the side. Despite this, it is on top when in landscape orientation. Although it has a wide profile, it has a modest footprint and does not outshine most.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel: Display
In comparison to some other gaming smartphones, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has a small amount less display. AMOLED displays with FHD+ and HDR10+ produce vivid, crisp images. Video streaming looks fantastic, and any game will run at high settings.
This gaming phone has a 144Hz maximum refresh rate, updating 144 times per second. The increased refresh rate will result in smoother gaming. At the time of its release, no games are available for the device. When not in use, you can lower the frequency to 120Hz, 90Hz, or 60Hz.
Unlike other phones with pop-up cameras, you can play games without being distracted by notches, cutouts, or holes in the screen, which is a nice addition for gamers.
In addition to its dual cameras, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 64MP main camera. These aren’t going to impress you with their photos, but they are good-looking.
Our impression was that the picture quality was good, but nothing remarkable. Although the photos were of high quality, there was often a yellow tinge to them, particularly in low-light settings, much as in interior images, but it was also noticeable outside.
Low light and dark areas of pictures seemed grainy and less detailed. Despite not being immune either, the main camera was also affected by this problem.
It was also difficult to determine depth effects, especially when it came to food shots.
The camera on this phone takes pictures in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio (the same as the screen), not a 4:3 aspect ratio like most others. The aspect ratio can, however, be chosen if you wish. Due to wider shots like this, we got a bit more ‘cool’-looking photo.
Our pop-up selfie camera got a few pretty decent selfies, but there’s no portrait mode (on either the rear or front cameras). It is not possible to blur the background in this game because you can alter the beauty modes.
Despite not taking any award-winning photos with the Lenovo Legion Phone, we did take a few that we liked, and we found them suitable for social media posting.
Within the camera app, there are only two modes: photo and video. Even though the camera records in 4K, it only runs at 30fps.
Performance and Specs
It is the gaming-focused design of the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel that makes it stand out due to its internals.
Therefore, it uses the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, which was the best Android processor at the time of its launch. The choice is between 12GB or 16GB of RAM, which, as we’ve already mentioned, is unlikely to be significant to you.
We tested the 16GB model using Geekbench 5 and it scored 3335. The only one with a higher score is the Asus ROG Phone 3, but it’s just by five points.
At this end of the benchmark scale, Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel is fast and powerful.
The current state of smartphone game performance is good. No matter how intense the game was, we always set the graphics settings to the highest, so there was no lag or stuttering.
Furthermore, virtual trigger buttons were especially easy to use; they didn’t take a lot of squeezing, and their location made them easy to use. In a similar way to phone controllers, you can assign different functions to each trigger, but switching between games can be a bit inconvenient.
Dual speakers are included in the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. In spite of their size, their sound quality is excellent, and you can play them at a much higher volume without distorting the sound.
|This phone is great for gaming
|Differing opinions may exist about LEDs
|Adapted well to landscape orientation
|Costs a lot
|Charges faster than ever before
|There are software issues
Its great specs, long-lasting battery, and attractive display make it one of the best 5G gaming phones on the market. In addition, there are side triggers, dual USB-C ports, and customized game software. Besides its high price (much higher than some other gaming phones), there are only two major drawbacks.