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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is all in on mobile gaming

Absolutely screams gaming

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Mobile gaming enthusiasts will have yet another smartphone to choose from as the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has just entered the game!

There’s been some fair amount of anticipation for this phone with leaks popping up every now and again. Let’s jump right into the specs to see what we’re working with here.

Powered for elite gaming

It was previously announced that this phone will be one of the firsts to carry the Snapdragon 865 Plus — the latest and greatest from Qualcomm — that’s built for “elite gaming.”

Elsewhere on the phone you get up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

As for the batteries, the rumors were right. Instead of one big chunk, Lenovo opted to split it up. Inside are two 2500mAh batteries. This helps with giving the Duel enough juice while also keeping it cool.

Built for gaming 

Speaking of juicing up, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour.

You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming. Very similar to the one implemented by the ROG Phones.

Just like any gaming phone worth its salt, the Duel has two front-firing speakers. For touch and move simulation controls, there’s a Lenovo Legion Assistant to help you out.

Lenovo also made you sure you can “feel” your game. It has dynamic and surrounding vibration from specialized engines in the phone simulate the feel of in-game hits.

Stream your game

If you want to show off your skills, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel lets you do that too. It has a side-mounted 20MP pop-up camera. It stays hidden until you’re ready to showcase your skills.

It can capture 1080P HD footage and record 4K video at up to 30FPS. Like any pop-up camera, it also has an auto-retract drop detection feature to give you some peace of mind.

On the software side, there’s the Lenovo Legion Realm which is a customized dashboard for all your gaming needs. Much like what Armory Crate is on the ROG Phone.

With it you can tweak hardware performance much like you would on PC gaming devices. You also get direct access to stream on either YouTube or Twitch. There are four noise-cancelling microphones to help streamers broadcast and record clear audio.

Streaming also lets you remove the background and use AI to auto-enhance your image using a selfie editor. It features several unique retouching filters and correction options.

At launch, users can auto-enhance images with programmed adjustments for a more balanced appearance. A later update will let users adjust filter settings to their liking (up to 100 levels of varying intensity).

For even more personalization, the device supports AR stickers called Playmoji. 

Share your highlights

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel will also do the heavy lifting for your after-stream content.

As soon as a gaming session ends, users can review all the highlights on-the-fly with a preview screen. All that’s left is for the user to select and merge recorded clips before sharing for the world to enjoy.

It even goes the extra mile. If you forgot to hit record, you only need to slide your finger on the right ultrasonic trigger (the right shoulder button area), to go back in time to relive the moment you missed and “instantly reversely-record” the moment.

In case you’re wondering, it does have rear cameras. Unusually located in the middle area and right next to the Legion logo, these are a 64MP main camera and 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel (aka Lenovo Legion Phone Pro in China) will be available starting July in China.

It will come to select markets in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America at a later date.

Pricing for both the 16GB and 12GB variants will vary depending on the market.

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We’re getting a Star Wars game from Ubisoft

It’s a story-driven open-world adventure

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May The Force be with Ubisoft! The company just announced that it is collaborating with Lucasfilm Games on a new story-driven open-world video game set in the beloved Star Wars galaxy.

The game will be developed using next gen tech including the Snowdrop engine. There aren’t any specific details yet as to what the game will be about exactly. The companies involved — Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games — have expressed excitement over the project.

“The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft. “This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.”

“We are inspired by the passion and talent of the team at Massive, and together we share a vision for the type of original stories we want to tell with our players in this expansive galaxy. They have the creativity, experience, and community understanding to bring awe-inspiring authenticity, depth and innovation to this new Star Wars game,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games.

More information about the game and the release date will be shared at a later stage.

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CD Projekt Red publicly apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077

Promises fixes for 2021

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Though it was one of the most hyped video games in recent history, Cyberpunk 2077 became the most polarizing game of 2020. Especially on older consoles and lower-end PCs, the game suffered endless bugs — some of which were game-breaking. So far, CD Projekt Red, the game’s developers, released three hotfixes to fix the most outstanding bugs. Now, Marcin Iwiński, CD Projekt Red’s founder released an apology video for Cyberpunk 2077.

In the video, Iwiński personally accepted all responsibility for the fumbled launch. The launch unsurprisingly didn’t meet the developer’s expectations. Game stores like Sony and Xbox have offered full refunds for dissatisfied customers. According to the founder, CD Projekt Red focused too much on high-end PCs, causing errors to go undetected on other consoles.

As such, besides the apology video, CD Projekt Red released a timeline for upcoming updates. Later this year, the game will get two definitive patches — 1.1 and 1.2 — for major improvements and fixes. After which, the developer will keep outing “multiple updates and improvements” including free DLCs and a free next-gen console update.

Though the game is already out on Xbox Series S/X, the PlayStation 5 is still expecting to get Cyberpunk 2077 sometime this year.

SEE ALSO: Cyberpunk 2077 PC review: Looks can be deceiving

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New Legion laptops, accessories announced at CES 2021

Plenty of gaming goodies to look forward to!

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Lenovo Legion is going all out for gamers at CES 2021. They’re coming out with the latest in AMD and NVIDIA processors, high-resolution 16-inch displays, AI-driven frame rates and exciting upgrades.

Lenovo Legion 7

The Lenovo Legion 7 sports the latest mobile processors for PC gamers — up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs.

It comes with the new 16-inch 165Hz IPS display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1600 resolution, NVIDIA G-SYNC, 100 percent sRGB color accuracy, 90% screen-to-body ratio, 11% more screen estate (vs conventional 15.6-inch screens), and Dolby Vision.

The Lenovo Legion AI Engine optimizes system performance via machine learning to deliver the highest possible framerates whether your game is CPU or GPU-intensive. For 16 of the most popular triple-A gaming titles, the Lenovo AI Engine will run them at finely-tuned settings for maximum frame rates.

Legion TrueStrike Keyboard

The Legion TrueStrike Keyboard features innovative soft-landing switches that deliver deeper strokes with equal force on every strike. This enables you to strike enemies with extreme precision, hair-trigger speeds and satisfying keystrokes.

The full-sized keyboard with number pad is also illuminated in over 16 million colors via Corsair iCUE support with a glass trackpad that is 23% larger than previous generations. You can easily launch the Lenovo Vantage software with the dedicated Super Key to custom-calibrate your system.

The Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system packs an intelligent intake system that features turbo-charged dual-fans and quad-channel exhausts with vapor chamber technology.

Nahimic Audio drastically improves your gaming experience with its immersive 3D audio. Experience crystal-clear communication with teammates with background noise suppression. If you have additional Bluetooth speakers, you can connect them to your Legion laptop to create a surround sound field.

For privacy, the Legion 7 offers a 720p integrated webcam with E-shutter which allows you to cut off power to the webcam and prevent camera hacking with the switch located on the side of the laptop.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion Slim 7

The Legion Slim 7 is the successor to the world’s lightest 15-inch gaming laptop with NVIDIA RTX graphics released in 2020, and now comes with AMD’s latest processors.

At under 1.9kg, this ultra-svelte beauty is a perfect fit for any boardroom or tournament setting with unbridled performance under its magnesium cum aluminum chassis in the Shadow Black hue.

It is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with Max-Q Design GPUs. Its key features include: Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

The Legion 5 Pro offers the same 16-inch 16:10 QHD display as the Legion 7 and is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs.

Its key features include: Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion 5

The Legion 5 brings the balance of style and savage power to gamers in 15” or 17” sizes. It will also be available in two hues — Phantom Blue or Stingray White.

It is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs. Its top features include: rueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC

Every Lenovo Legion gaming laptop comes with a complimentary one-month Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC, unlocking hundreds of great games for non-stop gaming. Play over 100 high-quality PC games for one low monthly price with XBOX Game Pass.

Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station and H600 Wireless Gaming Headset

The new Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station has an always-on charging capability that solves multiple power problems at once.

It features hang-to-charge technology for the new Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset and a Qi-enabled base that charges compatible smartphones (up to 10W output) and other supported devices such as wireless gaming mice.

The station’s modern-looking stand is lightweight at just 919 grams and features two USB-A pass-through ports on the bottom for high-speed connectivity and device charging.

Available from Q1 2021

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