Earlier this year, Lenovo teased that it was working on a gaming smartphone, but the company has still not officially announced it. A detailed XDA report today reveals some interesting details about the phone from the Lenovo Legion, including its unique side-mounted pop-up camera.
As with other gaming smartphones, it was expected that the Lenovo Legion will have a gaming-centered design, but Legion actually seems to take things a step or two further than other phones.
Of course the basic core kit is here. The device is packaging an 865 Snapdragon chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, 3.0 UFS storage, and Android 10. It also has a 144Hz high refresh rate display but it’s just an FHD+ panel. The unit also offers 90W over USB-C charging! This design does make some interesting decisions beyond that, though.
Lenovo specifically built this phone absolutely with landscape use in mind. There is a second USB-C port for one which can be used in landscape mode. Even the 64MP and 16MP cameras on the back are in the middle of the phone instead of the top, which means your fingers are not going to cover it in landscape mode.
Perhaps the most unique and clever aspect of the design is the selfie camera. Lenovo Legion instead uses a pop-up camera that is fixed to the side of the phone instead of being put in a hole-punch towards the top of the device. This is probably for streamers who want their games live streamed.
The software build of the Legion also includes several landscape mode optimisations. The lockscreen, for example, can be viewed in landscape orientation, which most smartphones do not.