Lenovo’s Legion Y70 gaming phone has an incredibly boring design
Lenovo’s new smartphone is the Legion Y70 gaming phone, but it lacks the panache associated with gaming phones. While Lenovo has been making phones for over a decade now, both under its own brand and under Motorola, the company has only entered the smartphone market from game than two years ago. Its gaming smartphones are launched under the name Legion, which is also the brand used for the company’s PCs and gaming gear.
Earlier this year, Lenovo announced the Legion Y90, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphone with a 6.9-inch display, up to 18GB of RAM, and a high-end model with dual storage. 128GB UFS+ 512GB SSD. Alongside the Y90, Lenovo also launched the Legion Y700, an Android gaming tablet, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 processor.
The Legion Y70 is different from its rivals in the gaming smartphone segment. There are no fancy customizable LEDs, no transparent back, and no matrix display on the back like with the Asus ROG Phone 6 . Instead, it looks like every other glass and metal slab. Despite this, its boring design may appeal to those who don’t like the ostentatious look of its rivals. The Legion Y70 is available in red, black and white.
The Legion Y70 has a refresh rate of 144Hz
In terms of specs, the Legion Y70 features a 6.67-inch FHD+ OLED display with a centered hole for the front camera. The flat panel has a variable refresh rate of 144Hz (48z at 144Hz), a touch sampling rate of 1500Hz, DC dimming, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and a maximum brightness level of 1000 nits. The Legion Y70 replaces the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor inside the Legion Y90 with the more powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and pairs it with 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of RAM. Although buyers can purchase the phone with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage options, storage expansion is not supported.
On the rear of the Legion Y70 are three cameras – a 50MP main sensor with OIS and EIS, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view and 2.5cm macro capability, and a 2MP depth of field camera. On the front is a 16MP camera for video calls and selfies. Lenovo’s phone packs a fairly large 5100mAh battery with support for 68W fast charging, and Lenovo claims the battery will retain 80% capacity after 1200 charge cycles. The company also mentions that the phone has a bypass feature that draws power directly from the adapter rather than the battery while gaming. Lenovo claims that this feature should reduce heating. Speaking of which, there is a large vapor chamber to help with cooling. Lenovo also sells an optional cooling fan and protective cooling case. Elsewhere, the phone has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and comes with ZUI 14 based on Android 12. For now, the Legion Y70 is exclusive to China and can be pre-ordered from Lenovo’s website for a starting price of ¥3,299 (~$484).