Lenovo just announced the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2, an incredibly powerful gaming phone that's built from the ground up for mobile gaming. It isn't just a phone with a high-end spec sheet. The phone is literally built from the inside-out for mobile gaming, including its internal components being lined up horizontally rather than vertically.
In addition to its unique features and layout, the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 has a Snapdragon 888 and up to 18GB of RAM. Those specs are more than enough to power any local game you toss at it and should future proof the phone well. While the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 is clearly designed to handle locally played games, it could also be an excellent device for game streaming.
Before we dive in too deep, let's address the elephant in the room. The Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 has several specs that are overkill for Xbox Cloud Gaming. The beauty of Xbox Cloud Gaming is that you don't need the latest and greatest processor to stream games through the service. The best phones for Project xCloud and Xbox Cloud Gaming don't all have the highest specs you can find. That means the Snapdragon 888 and up to 18GB (!) of RAM aren't needed to enjoy games on the go.
But just because you won't fully utilize some of the specs doesn't mean that the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 is a waste for gamers who plan to stream games rather than play locally. Its massive battery, 90W turbo charging, front-facing dual speakers, and several other aspects of the phone show how it's built for mobile gaming.
Regardless of what powers your gaming experience on your phone, it's easy to chug through battery. The Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 has a 5,500mAh battery. You can also plug it in with two cables for a combined 90W charge.
The phone features a 6.92-inch 144Hz AMOLED display that supports HDR10+. The display is 1080p but appears to deliver excellent visuals overall. The display also has a 720HZ touch sampling rate, which should help show off quick reflexes within games. On each side of the screen, you'll see a front-firing speaker that supports Dolby Atmos.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 also has eight virtual keys, including four ultrasonic shoulder buttons, two rear capacitance points, and two force-based points. You can map these out to work well with your favorite games.
If all of these features get you to play on your phone for a long time, the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 also has a twin-turbo cooling system, a vapor chamber liquid cooling area, and passive cooling components to keep the phone from overheating.
Do you need all of these specs to enjoy Xbox Cloud Gaming? Of course not. But you shouldn't write off the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 just because Xbox Cloud Gaming takes the processing power requirements away from the phone.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 launches in China this month and in Europe in May with a starting price of €799 (roughly $950). If you bump up to the highest-end model, it will cost you €999 (roughly $1,188). Lenovo says that the availability of the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 in North America is "to be determined."
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A bit of overkill for Xcloud, don't you think? I'm using an old LG V30 and it works great.
I'm not sure you read the article. 🙃
"Lenovo says that the availability of the Lenovo Legion Phone Dual 2 in North America is 'to be determined.'" So, I think using a budget phone works fine. At the end of the day, what matters is what you can use.
I agree, xCloud works great even on budget devices. The framerate is capped at 30 fps, and will eventually go to 60, but I don't see it going above that so a high refresh rate screen is pointless. The battery and Dolby Atmos speakers seem like solid features, but the awkward design and capacitive buttons don't seem to add much value since anyone that actually wants to play xCloud beyond touch screen controls would just use an actual Xbox controller. This seems made for East Asia where mobile games have a much more committed player base than they do in America and Europe.
Wish they could have made the screen in 16:9 ratio. would have been perfect for cloud gaming.
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