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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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PS5’s DualSense controller gets two new colors

Midnight Black and Cosmic Red

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Not too fond of the white DualSense controller on the PS5? Sony PlayStation heard you as they announce two new colors of this haptic wonder — Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

The PlayStation blog waxed poetic while describing the new colors: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky. Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.”

The DualSense controller is one of the biggest innovations of the PlayStation 5. Combining Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, it offered developers a new way to have gamers experience games. This was most evident in the recently released roguelike survival shooter Returnal.

The new colors are indeed striking. Could this be a sign that we might see Midnight Black and Crimson Red plates for the actual PlayStation 5?

The new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting June 2021. The exact date will vary by location. You may check with local retailers for availability.

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LoL Wild Rift: New champions, skins, and character adjustments!

Patch Notes 2.2c is here

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Amidst Rengar and Kha’Zix’s rivalry, new competition is joining in the mix. Renekton is finally getting released later on in the patch to face off against his brother, Nasus. And, the ancient rituals of Blood Moon will make their debut in Wild Rift with Renekton. So, buckle up, there’s a bunch of new things coming with the patch.

Renekton: The Butcher of the Sands

Renekton is an ascended warrior from the scorched deserts of Shurima. The esteemed warrior of his empire was entombed beneath the sands during the fall of the Sun Disc. While the world above the sand changed, he grew resentful and insane. Now free from the deserts’ entrapment, Renekton seeks vengeance over his brother, Nasus (whom he blames for years in darkness).

Riot is doubling down on new skins, new accessories, new events, and champion adjustments. So, if you’ve been out of the loop from the Wild Rift universe, this is the perfect time to come back to it.

There’ll be another update on the patch later this month for what’s to come in June and July. But, the Jubilant Colors event kicks off in just a few days: May 24. Check the patch notes here to read up on more specifics!

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

Hope they have enough stocks…

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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