New gaming phone has pop-up selfie camera — on the side

Jul 23, 2020
PHOTO: Lenovo Legion

WHAT IF pop-up selfie camera… but on the side?

Take note, that’s only one of the insane ideas the Lenovo Legion Duel is bringing to the gaming phone table. The manufacturer's first Legion branded phone has LED lighting, plus duel — excuse me, dual batteries with liquid cooling, dual trigger buttons, dual vibration engines, dual charging ports, and dual front-facing speakers.

If you plug in the phone using its two charging ports, its 90 watt charging system can top up the phone from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes on a wall socket.

This novel power solution makes sense. By splitting the battery into two parts, Lenovo hopes to avoid overheating and spread the heat around the phone chassis when its chips are working hard under load.

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But its most unique idea is definitely a 20 megapixel selfie camera that pops up from the side of the phone — the better to record your game face for the stream.

It's got specs that are probably much better than your work laptop at the moment, including 12GB memory and 256GB of storage space. (There’s also an option for a meatier 16GB and 512GB variant.) As befits a gaming phone, the screen has a 144Hz refresh rate for a more precise game experience and buttery scrolling overall.

For the curious, it’s bigger, thicker, and heavier than a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus — though with hardware like that, you can expect no less.

No price or release date for the Philippines has been released yet. The official press release notes that the Legion Duel will launch in China this July, and will follow in “select markets” in Asia Pacific, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Latin America later.

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