As a former sport developer, I stored a distant eye on the rise of Gaming telephones, particularly previously couple of years. They began as being simply massive telephones, however increasingly more “Gaming” options have been added over time. The Legion Telephone Duel caught my eyes at launch for being probably the most gaming-oriented telephone I had seen, so I took one for a spin.
The Lenovo Legion Telephone Duel is a hefty telephone, and seems like holding a Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely, though the Duel is even barely larger than Samsung’s largest high-end telephone. The curvature of the telephone makes it agreeable to carry and it feels substantial (stable) in your hand.
The Quantity controls are on the left, and the Energy button is positioned proper in the midst of the appropriate facet and has a very good journey distance when pressed, making it clean to press. Whereas this will likely seem to be a wierd location at first, it’s a grasp transfer as a result of the Energy button is built-in within the pop-up Selfie digital camera.
That’s the first of many indicators that the Lenovo Legion Telephone Duel is completely optimized for panorama utilization. In any case, gaming occurs overwhelmingly in panorama mode, and that features dwell streaming.
The again cowl has a enjoyable design that’s paying homage to what you may see in sure Gaming PCs and PC equipment, together with Lenovo’s in depth Legion line. Within the context of a gaming telephone, I actually prefer it even when the again is visually busy. The textual content “Trendy Exterior” and “Savage Inside” is an effective tagline too.
“I REALLY LIKE THIS GAMING PHONE DESIGN”
And naturally, you could have the Legion tri-star brand within the center, with an RGB backlight as any respectable gaming machine ought to have (each OEM tells me that RGB LEDs makes every part promote for extra, lol). By the best way, we’ve the “Blazing Blue” machine, however there’s additionally a “Vengeance Purple” model of this telephone.
To guard the telephone, a transparent case with an identical design is included. It’s a good contact as a result of in contrast to high-volume handsets just like the Galaxy S, iPhone and different Huawei, you’ll in all probability not discover a ton of case designs for this telephone.
Distinctive cellular sound expertise
Because of its twin front-speaker on the high and within the chin of the telephone, the Lenovo Legion Telephone Duel has probably the most spectacular sound I’ve heard on cellular. A few of the high-end telephones have very respectable audio high quality, however that is on one other degree.
The audio has wonderful readability and quantity with highly effective bass and the entire sound expertise is sudden for a cellular machine. That is higher audio than sure laptops regardless of the dramatic dimension distinction.
Sadly, there isn’t any three.5mm audio connector, however Lenovo has included an adapter within the field, so it’s principally not an enormous deal, and definitely not a sway issue in my view. If a three.5mm consumer revolt was to occur, it might have already got.
Wonderful Gaming options
Gaming telephones began as simply “larger telephones with higher cooling”, however yearly they turn into increasingly more devoted to gaming and in the intervening time, the Lenovo Legion Duel units itself aside with a landscape-first design that’s totally oriented in the direction of an excellent gaming and streaming expertise.
6.65-inch 144Hz AMOLED Show
The AMOLED 2340×1080 show has an excellent decision for gaming and favors high-frame fee over excessive pixel density (PPI) and that may be a good selection. The 620 NIT brightness is adequate to play outside and in brightly lit rooms.
The show refresh fee can hit 144Hz however 90Hz and 60Hz are additionally out there for battery preservation when the utmost refresh just isn’t crucial. There’s even an choice to robotically pressure 144 Hz when operating video games, so you’re in management. I want to see a dynamic refresh fee that’s fully automated, so the consumer doesn’t have to consider it.
The AMOLED show high quality is nice, with deep blacks and vivid colours. I think about that one might quibble about whether or not that is the very best quality or not, however it’s loads good, and most of the people couldn’t inform the distinction with greater finish shows with out operating some artificial checks.
If you wish to play on a monitor, simply join the telephone to a monitor by way of USB-C, or use a cellular show such because the Lenovo ThinkVision M14.
The Legion Telephone Duel comes with two haptic, pressure-sensitive, Y-Triggers. They’re conveniently positioned, and you may tune the pressure required to set off an motion, relying on the way you maintain the telephone.
The triggers don’t protrude, so there isn’t any tactile really feel to let you know they’re there, however it’s troublesome to press within the unsuitable place. There’s some pressure suggestions, however it’s after all not the identical as having bodily buttons.
The haptic buttons are in all probability a greater method to go on this case as a result of bodily buttons usually tend to be broken as they get strain utilized within the pockets.
The entire telephone, together with the user-interface has been optimized for panorama utilization, together with the UI for numerous Lenovo settings and utilities.
Throughout regular “telephone” utilization, it really works completely positive in portrait mode as nicely, however many traditional telephones aren’t doing so nicely in panorama mode as a result of it’s not a precedence to them.
We’ve got noticed a number of points such because the telephone not returning to portrait whereas the lock display is lively, however we count on these points to go away because the interface matures.
Whereas gaming, you may swipe down from the highest of the display to make the Legion Assistant seem and alter many gaming settings with out exiting the sport.
Settings embody show refresh fee, CPU/GPU “rampage” (most velocity) mode, sport recording, streaming mode screenshots, Quantity, and brightness – nicely finished!
Key details about community and 5G velocity can be seen, together with present temperature, FPS counter, battery standing and CPU/GPU velocity data.
Legion Realm is one other utility that helps you rapidly entry your video games and tweak numerous settings, together with some for Legion Assistant and the bodily Y-trigger controllers.
Battery: World-class charging velocity
Gaming is nearly probably the most intensive computing activity you are able to do, and that depletes the battery fairly quick. To take care of this actuality, Lenovo has not solely included a big 5000 mAh battery, nevertheless it additionally has extraordinarily quick charging.
“EXTREMELY FAST CHARGING”
Because of its 90W charger and twin USB-C charging ports, it may cost 100% of the battery in 30mn, making it the quickest cellular charging we’ve ever examined at 167 mAh/mn, or twice as quick because the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely.
Lenovo does that by utilizing two fast-charging batteries that cost in parallel, thus doubling the efficient charging velocity.
This normal precept was already in use by Huawei, Xiaomi or Oppo in some fashions however with a lesser Wattage. Lenovo has pushed the idea to the following degree, due to the dual-port charging – daring!
As a gamer on the go, this might make all of the distinction between gaming with out limits and having to decelerate framerate or show brightness to save lots of on battery. Now, you simply have to spend 10mn to cost as much as 50% or 30mn for a full cost.
By the best way, retailers are restricted to 75W in planes, so I’m wondering if this charger would make the circuit journey in twin mode. Nonetheless, you may in all probability get by with single charging mode if you happen to keep plugged in.
Because of its Snapdragon 865+ platform (a barely sooner model of Snapdragon 865), the Legion Telephone Duel can run video games and do every part else at blazing-fast velocity. That is as quick because it will get on Android. Beneath are the numbers of GFXBench (gaming benchmark) and Geekbench (CPU benchmark).
In some benchmarks, it did rating greater than different Snapdragon 865+ just like the Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely, however by a small margin.
The cooling is a extra attention-grabbing characteristic to have a look at. For instance, the Legion Telephone Duel ran 2 levels Celsius cooler than the Notice 20 Extremely 5G within the 3DMark benchmarks (28.5C vs. 30.5C). We count on the distinction to turn into even bigger the longer you run video games.
This reveals that the temperature will build-up slower and dissipate sooner although each are geared up with a number of the most superior cooling programs out there. Lenovo has thrown extra cooling on the downside and it reveals.
Cooler programs can run at greater frequencies for longer, which is strictly what you need for gaming units. For instance, I used to be capable of play Actual Racing three at 144Hz and it’s superb, however some video games like Pub-G or Name of Responsibility cap their most rendering velocity to 30 or 60 FPS.
Testing on the workplace’s 1Gb symmetric web connection, the WIFI-6 speeds we acquired with this telephone have been persistently ~125/130 Mbps versus the 345/540 Mbps we get with the Notice 20 Extremely.
That is greater than what most gamers would get at house, so it’s not a direct problem, however we’re unsure why there’s such a spot – maybe on the antenna facet.
Legion Telephone Duel Digital camera system
As we talked about earlier, the star of the present is actually the selfie digital camera which is situated optimally for dwell streaming throughout gaming, however how good is it?
Selfie digital camera made for gaming streaming
Selfie cameras are sometimes not as highly effective as rear cameras as a result of they’ve a smaller lenses and sensor. That’s the case with this machine as nicely however informal testing reveals that it does fairly nicely and is akin to the Galaxy Notice 10’s selfie digital camera in each low-light and vibrant mild conditions.
For higher streaming high quality, we suggest utilizing “some” lighting within the room to keep away from noise. There’s a “magnificence” filter enabled by default, however you may disable it within the settings. There’s additionally a background-removal characteristic which is useful generally.
“WE GIVE THE LEGION PHONE DUEL A 11/10 FOR ITS INSANE STREAMING EXPERIENCE”
Lastly, the selfie digital camera is positioned completely, proper in the midst of the telephone (panorama mode). With a conventional selfie digital camera situated on the high of the telephone, you not solely are seen from the left/proper facet, however your hand or thumbs are prone to cowl the digital camera, thus spoiling your streaming exercise.
Clearly, one of the best selfie digital camera is the one which’s not obstructed by younger thumb!
From an audio recording perspective, this telephone has a quad-microphone setup for noise-cancellation and the case design doesn’t hinder the microphones, so that is just about one of the best you’ll get wanting having a devoted microphone. We give the Legion Telephone Duel a 11/10 for streaming: it goes above and past the decision of responsibility.
Rear dual-camera system
At the back of the telephone, there are two digital camera modules: Large (~25mm) and Ultrawide (~17mm) which is an effective combo that covers most images conditions in the actual world.
I’m not positive there was room or funds for a zoom digital camera, however zoom doesn’t contribute as a lot to the digital camera expertise, in order that was the appropriate name from Lenovo.
With the info we’ve, we rank this digital camera system with a Digital camera HW () rating of 137, with sub-scores of seven.2/10 (Large) and four.three/10 (Ultrawide).
That isn’t probably the most highly effective digital camera out there, however it is extremely respectable for a gaming telephone, and akin to the in a Galaxy S10e digital camera for instance.
The Lenovo Legion Telephone Duel (aka Lenovo Legion Telephone Professional in some areas) is the primary Gaming Telephone that picked my curiosity. Gaming Telephones are in a class that has been rising steadily since 2017, with an curiosity spike since April of this 12 months, maybe as a result of lockdowns worldwide.
The Legion Telephone Duel pushes the boundaries for processor velocity, sound high quality, show refresh, battery charging and extra importantly: ergonomics. The software program integration of utilities just like the Legion Assistant, is exemplary and really environment friendly on the similar time. It has every part you want, in a single place.
“THE LEGION PHONE DUEL IS AN INCREDIBLY INNOVATIVE PHONE”
At current time, it’s not out there within the USA however we’ve noticed the Chinese language model (Legion Telephone Professional) priced at ~$515 USD (three,499 CNY) which is a very inexpensive worth for this machine.
That mentioned, pricing in mainland China is commonly extraordinarily aggressive, so the upcoming European launch of this machine ought to give us a extra practical view of its pricing in western nations. I’ve seen the Legion Telephone Duel 16GB/512GB mannequin on eBay for ~$650 so, that’s a particularly enticing worth.
The Legion Telephone Duel is an extremely revolutionary telephone that can pressure rivals to repeat a lot of its options. Simply watch.
General product ranking: 9.5/10
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