Lenovo’s Legion Phone 3 sounds like your dream gaming phone
A super-fast display, 18GB of RAM, and all the glowing lights you could ask for
Last year’s Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 wasn’t just a mouthful to say. It was also a super powerful gaming device, pairing beastly processing power with huge amounts of RAM and using twin fans just to keep everything cool. Days after Lenovo’s next Halo phone leaked, we’ve got an early look at what the successor to the Duel 2 could look like.
According to leaked Evan Blass on Twitter, the Legion Phone 3 — codenamed “Diablo” — will come in “Elite” and “Pro” flavors, dropping the Duel branding for good. It sounds like one hell of a phone, ideal for gamers and power users who want to get the most out of their mobile devices. Huge 6.92-inch AMOLED display looks perfect for games like League of Legends: Savage Rift, pairing a 144Hz refresh rate with a 720Hz polling rate for responsive and high FPS action. No word yet on its resolution, although last year’s model featured a similar sounding panel with 1080p resolution.
Unlike the Halo, Lenovo isn’t claiming this phone is for anything other than gaming. It’s again designed primarily for landscape use, with four ultrasonic buttons, two rear capacitive keys, and two on-screen buttons for quick actions. It combines front and rear lighting with a distinct look that matches the gaming laptop in your life. Two Dolby Atmos-certified speakers and two HaptiX vibration motors should make the experience more immersive than, say, loading up a Galaxy S22 with your favorite tracks.
Inside you’ll find a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset – although that doesn’t appear to be the “Gen 1 Plus” spotted on Lenovo’s other gaming handheld. The Elite and Pro models include 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, more than enough for a great on-the-go experience. If you opt for the Pro variant covered in leatherette, however, you will have the choice to upgrade to 18 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, more an additional 128 GB SSD for more space. Unsurprisingly, this phone is quite chunky, measuring around 10mm thick to make enough room for all those components.
It’s all powered by two 2,800mAh batteries – for a total of 5,600mAh – and kept cool with those twin fans first seen on last year’s phone. There doesn’t appear to be a headphone jack – there wasn’t on last year’s Duel 2 either – but the two USB-C ports should have you covered. Finally, the 64MP and 13MP cameras are on the back, although no one buys one for photo quality. At least the 16MP front camera might be enough for a mobile Twitch stream.
We shouldn’t have to wait long for an official reveal, as this leak suggests Q1 availability. Unfortunately, like Lenovo’s other Legion phones, this one likely won’t launch outside of China.
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