Lenovo’s new Legion Phone Duel 2 is a gaming phone with two USB-C ports, a pop-up camera and even built-in fans. There is so much technology in it that Lenovo decided that the best thing to do is to keep its most important, hard-working components in the center of the phone so that fans can have an easier time keeping everything cool while gaming. As a result, it’s thicker in the middle, flanked by two batteries. That didn’t seem like a big red flag at first. If anything, it seemed wise – that is, until YouTuber JerryRigEverything picked up the phone (via Android police).
Finally, as part of the rigorous testing of the duct’s durability, each device is bent to determine how much bending it can withstand before it breaks. Most devices can hold up, but usually not without bent metal or broken glass. The Legion Phone Duel 2 didn’t work out well at all To be bent, not even a little. At around 8:40 am in the video, shortly after the host said, “I’m not even remotely worried that it will break,” it snapped satisfactorily at the antenna wire that meets the raised central section, affecting the ability of the to turn on Telephone. With little force, the host also broke the other side to illustrate the lack of structural integrity in the design.
Lenovo’s device isn’t exactly an outlier compared to other gaming phones recently tested by the broadcaster. The Asus ROG Phone 5 (similar to the Ultimate model that I recently reviewed) Likewise broke during the test, despite a more cohesive design. That said, it seemed to take more force to break than Lenovo’s new phone. I’m not an engineer, but it seems like splitting the battery in two could be part of the fault for the fragility, given that Asus’ latest phone is internally arranged that way too.
As different as the Legion Phone Duel 2 looks compared to some other game-centric phones, it is expensive at $ 950. And its somewhat fragile design could cost you even more later when you need to find a replacement.