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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel Unboxing and First Impressions

Lenovo PH has been aggressive in the PC space and it looks like the company will do the same for the gaming smartphone market.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel Unboxing and First Impressions
Legion Phone Duel's Y RGB light

Legion Phone Duel has finally arrived in the Philippines with a super aggressive starting price of PHP 39,995. Inside the new gaming phone is a 7nm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, Adreno 650 GPU, 12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB/512GB UFS 3.1, 5000mAh battery with 90W Turbo Power Charging. 

It is running on Android 10-based Legion OS and gaming-focused features include a 144Hz 6.65-inch AMOLED FHD+ display, front-facing speakers, RGB lighting, Dual liquid-cooling with copper tube, Y-Trigger shoulder buttons, and Dual USB-C ports.

Let's see how it performs out of the box!


Legion Phone Duel outer box
Legion Phone Duel outer box

The new smartphone comes in fancy packaging with an outer sleeve with a shiny blue Legion Logo. Inside the sleeve is the main box that opens with three cover flaps. Like the other competing gaming phone, as you open the flaps, a gaming-inspired plays.

Inside the box is the Legion Phone Duel, USB Type-C to Type-C cable, 90W charging brick, hardshell case, documentation, and SIM ejector tool.

International models include two USB Type-C cables to allow for the fastest possible charging speed with the two USB Type-C ports of the Legion Phone Duel.

Build Quality/Design

Rearview with the pop-up selfie camera
Rearview with the pop-up selfie camera

Out of the box, the Legion Phone Duel stands out. It has all the design cues and accents that is expected from a gaming phone but improves upon them. There are areas with holographic accents all over the phone that shine depending on how the light hits it. 

Upon closer inspection of the back area, it is immediately noticeable that the phone was designed with the landscape mode as the priority because of the symmetrical design on the back. On the left and the right side with gray lines and a super grippy texture while in the middle is the bright red glossy texture with the camera module, LED flash, and the Y-shaped RGB lighting.

The super grippy texture on the left and the right side makes it easier to hold the phone on either the landscape or on the portrait mode with either both hands or with one hand only.
Princess Diana from Netflix's The Crown
Princess Diana from Netflix's The Crown

In front of the Legion Phone Duel is a 6.65-inch 144Hz refresh rate AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 6 Protection and with a resolution of 2340 x 1080.

The Display has slim side bezels but because the front-facing speakers are on the side, the top and side bezels are thicker. Personally, this added thickness of bezels significantly makes the sound experience while adding space for your fingers to rest while holding the phone with both hands.
Top and Bottom side
Top and Bottom side

The top and bottom sides feature a bright red glossy accent on the top of the frame. The top side of the phone features two antenna lines and a microphone port while at the bottom are two more antenna lines, a USB Type-C port, a microphone port, and the dual nano-SIM tray. It does not have a slot for a microSD card slot.
Right and Left Side
Right and Left Side

On the right side of the phone are the two Y-Trigger shoulder buttons with bright red colors, two more Antenna lines, and the side-mounted pop-up selfie camera. On top of the pop-up camera, the module is the power button. While on the left side of the phone are two more antenna lines, a volume rocker, a second USB Type-C port, two microphone ports, and a red-painted Lenovo logo.

The phone measures only 169.17 x 78.48 x 9.9 mm and weighs in at only 239 grams. This makes the Legion Phone thicker but with the curved back and the super-grippy texture, it makes the Lenovo Phone Duel easier to hold while giving the user that solid and hefty feel to the hand. We recommend wearing a case for the phone either way.
Rear camera UI
Rear camera UI

At the back of the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is a 64MP f/1.89 main rear camera and a 16MP f/2.2 rear ultra-wide camera and LED flash while the side-mounted pop-up selfie camera is a 20MP f/2.2 front-facing shooter.

Added software features include the Legion Realm that automatically detects and adds games to its dashboard. The dashboard is where the user can control gaming-focused software tweaks and the RGB lighting.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel Specs

Display: 6.65-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected AMOLED screen w/ 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 391 ppi
CPU: 3.1GHz 7nm Snapdragon 865 Plus octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 650
ROM: 256GB/512GB UFS 3.1
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.89 + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 20MP f/2.2
Battery: 5,000mAh battery w/ 90W Turbo Power Charging
OS: Android 10 w/ Legion OS
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0,  NFC, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), GLONASS, BDS, QZSS, Galileo, dual SIM
dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, ultrasonic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, AWINIC 88264 smart amp, Dirac HD Sound, 4x microphones w/ Qualcomm Noise reduction, Dual vibration engine, Dual ultrasonic shoulder key, Multidimensional vibration control, Customizable RGB lighting, Dual liquid-cooling w/ copper tubes, 2x USB-C, Colors: Vengeance Red, Blazing Blue
Dimensions: 169.17 x 78.48 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 239 g
Price: PHP 39,995 (12GB/256GB), PHP 49,995 (16GB/512GB)

As of the moment

Front-facing speakers with red accents!
Front-facing speakers with red accents!

As of the moment, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is an impressive smartphone because of its powerful specs, fast 144Hz FHD+ display, and incredible front-facing speakers. We also loved the solid and hefty build quality along with the added functional features like the super grippy texture on the back.

We haven't tried the cameras yet so we will reserve judgment until our full review but our first impressions of the Legion Phone Duel are strong!

What do you guys think?
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