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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is a monster disguised as a gaming phone

It’s got two fans, two USB-C ports, and two batteries

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What comes to mind when you think of a gaming phone? A high-end processor, advanced cooling system, physical buttons, and RGB design are the most commonly found features. The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 has all of it, so what sets it apart from the host of gaming phones available today?

It’s the outrageous specifications and capabilities that Lenovo has managed to squeeze inside a phone. The device is constructed with three glass panels set. It features a twin-turbo cooling system at the rear, which allows the device to draw in cool air and manage the expulsion of hot air via the vents.

On the front is a 6.92-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate, 1,300 nits peak brightness, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification. Powering the device under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. In terms of memory, it’s got LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.

Along with the twin-turbo cooling, Lenovo even has incorporated a vapor chamber for passive cooling. The device also has an RGB logo at the back. It has retained a few aspects from the predecessor like twin USB-C ports and a pop-up selfie camera. The rear of the phone has idents to place your fingers ergonomically and the edges have quad shoulder buttons.

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 gets a dual-camera setup on the rear, which consists of a 64-megapixel primary camera, and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens. The front pop-up module houses a 44-megapixel sensor. The unique location of the camera is favorable for live streaming without any dedicated camera setup externally.

Backing these internals is a 5500mAh battery with 90W fast charging support. The company even promises that the device can go from 0 to 82 percent in 17 minutes – which is equivalent to 120W charging. The phone runs Android 11 out of the box with ZUI 12.5 UI.

Price and availability

Lenovo plans to release this handset only in the Chinese market, and its debut is expected in Europe sometime in May. Color options include Titanium White and Ultimate Black.

  • 8GB+128GB: CNY 3,699 (US$ 564)
  • 12GB+128GB: CNY 4,099 (US$ 625)
  • 12GB+256GB: CNY 4,399 (US$ 670)
  • 16GB+512GB: CNY 5,299 (US$ 810)
  • 18GB + 512GB: CNY 5,999 (US$ 915)

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Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry

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Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.

If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.

Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.

Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.

The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility

Update rolling out today

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles available today. Besides being a home console, commuters and travelers can easily take their favorite games with them. However, for all its bells and whistles, the console lacks a key feature present in today’s traveling tech: Bluetooth audio support. In a surprise move, Nintendo is finally bringing the Switch into the wireless fold.

Today, an official software update is rolling out to Switches everywhere. The update adds in support for Bluetooth audio output. Gamers can now play their favorite games through the wireless earbud of their choice. The system’s settings screen now has a Bluetooth Audio setting to pair the console with wireless audio devices.

There are some caveats, though. The new feature is a single-player one. Users can’t attach Bluetooth microphones using the update. Though some games thrive in multiplayer, Nintendo won’t allow the feature yet.

Further, only on audio device can be paired at a single time, adding more complications for local multiplayer. Likewise, pairing an audio device will limit the console’s wireless controller connections to just two at a time. There might be some latency issues as well, according to the official support page.

The update is already rolling out now. Switch users should have access to the feature as soon as they get it.

SEE ALSO: Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

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