One of the strangely enduring trends of recent years is “gaming phones,” designs that have been adjusted (sometimes dramatically) for mobile gaming performance. Lenovo made one with its Legion gaming brand last year, and according to a leak posted on Antutu’s Weibo account, it’s back with another design. This one is outrageous, even for a gaming phone.
The first Legion phone wasn’t exactly subtle, with striking rear styling, a center-mounted camera module (so your hands won’t cover it when you’re gaming), and a side-mounted pop-up selfie camera. Leaked photos of a second-gen version appear to be even more grandiose: the entire central module rises with separate panels on both sides, giving it a grip that is vaguely reminiscent of a Game Boy Advance. Unless my eyes deceive me, that center panel also has a small built-in cooling fan, something other gaming phones reserve for an added accessory.
The distinctive pop-up selfie camera isn’t visible from the rear, but there’s definitely something on the side of the phone, as seen in the photo above. It appears to be a cosmetic change, as there is definitely no hole for a forward-facing camera anywhere on the screen. The stereo speakers appear to be intact and it appears that the “ultrasonic trigger buttons” are still in place, as is the side-mounted USB-C port. Again, for the game.
The original Legion phone used a top-of-the-line processor, huge dual chamber batteries that recharged at 90 watts, and a 144 Hz display with a 240 Hz touch sample rate. Assuming these leaks are genuine and the phone hits market, you can expect at least that, perhaps with some newer tricks.