. Instead of calling it a phone for gaming, it would be more appropriate to call it a gaming console with phone features in the last few years. Gaming phones were not exactly the perfect option for mobile gamers. One of the reasons was that most of them couldn’t really fill the performance gap with flagships, but this year the snapdragon 888 chipset changed it and almost the only choice for flagship models and gaming phones. The snapdragon 888 chipset is testing the brand’s thermal solutions for those brands serving the common market. They have to make a compromise between compact design and best performance output. However, when it comes to gaming brands, they are certainly under less pressure about such compromise. This is the first time they can take full advantage of their advanced, but bulky cooling solution to release the chipset’s power as much as they can, and the new lenovo legion 2. Pro is an excellent example. Look at its appearance and design what’s, most impressive. At first glance is the size of the model it’s a really big one, even when compared to other gaming phones, it’s still the thickest and heaviest model. The 2 pro inherited its predecessor’s mid position, architecture design, which placed most heating hardware at the midsection of the body. To avoid thermal collection near the holding area, we’ve already seen how excellent the holding experience is because of this design on the first generation model, and of course we will talk about it later in our gaming tests.
The camera module is still strangely placed beside the lighting logo, but it’s a reasonable solution to save the internal space for the big battery. Besides, shooting photos horizontally is pretty comfortable on the legion 2 pro because i don’t really need to worry about my huge fingers blocking the camera. Unlike when i hold other phones, another innovative detail is the improved thermal design. It seems that lenovo just transplanted its laptop thermal solution to the phone, in addition to the traditional liquid and copper solutions. The model also features dual turbo fans to accelerate air circulation in the built in duct and amazingly, the legion 2 pro features up to 6 off screen buttons and two more pressure, sensitive buttons. The off screen buttons include four shoulder buttons on the upper frame and two slide buttons on the back and for press sensitive buttons, it’s, not the first time to have them on a gaming phone. For example, the black shark phone had this a couple of years ago, but blackshark just removed it in their latest model. Just imagine how crazy it is that you are allowed to game with eight fingers on a phone without any accessories. However, in actual gaming it’s not easy to get used to the eight finger operation, unlike physical buttons, all these eight buttons are either touch sensitive or press sensitive, which doesn’t really give gamers intuitive feedback and to reach all these buttons. I need to adjust my holding phone position to access all these touching or sliding functions which turned out to be quite uncomfortable and miss touches.
No doubt is another problem for newcomers and it could ruin your whole gaming experience. So if you really want to access all the buttons without blocking the content shown on the display, it will take a while to get used to the layout, and here we only recommend you to turn on two shoulder buttons, which would make it much easier. The legion 2 pro features a 6.92 inch 144hz esport display, which is made of the same e4 samsung panel as the mi 11 series. So the display quality is certainly the tier one level among the gaming phones, thanks to the design of this pop up selfie camera. The horizontally symmetrical front face without hole. Punch, looks pretty good with dual large forward facing stereo speakers, and it reinforces our impression that this phone works better in the horizontal orientation at the software level. The user interface is also well optimized and user friendly for horizontal use case scenarios. To conclude, the legion 2 pro’s design has done almost everything it can for gaming, which is also the reason why lenovo was so confident to not release any gaming accessories. Like other gaming brands, an official gamepad or an external cooling fan. Well, they don’t exist. Just take the phone and that’s enough, the built in gaming software is a legion realm. During gaming, you can pull down the dashboard to check the phone’s running information, including network signal, cpu clock and gpu clock and access all the gaming features.
Among all these features, there is a stream mode specifically built for mobile game streamers. After switching it on, you are allowed to display your real time image shot on the selfie camera. On top of your gaming content, the exclusive rampage mode is reserved on the 2 pro, which actually is a huge challenge for the phone running, the snapdragon 888 chipset. Without any external cooling accessories, you can access the highest cpu clock at 2.84, gigahertz on the legion phone. With just one click, however, so far there is almost no popular android game that needs such high performance support, so our gaming tests were basically done under default performance mode and later we will show you whether the rampage mode brought any improvements in running the game. Nimian legend as a stress test for performance, no doubt as an esport device. The legion 2 pro features the best hardware in the industry and considering its superb thermal design. We were really curious at how far it could go. Let’S look at the pubg mobile first. The whole test is extremely smooth running at 60fps and we are really looking forward to its performance when pubg mobile truly unlocks the in game frame rate. By the way, the eight finger button solution is pretty insane for the game. It feels like those buttons that are particularly designed for such complicated gaming operations when you’re still gaming, with two clumsy fingers on a comet phone. You would never know what devices were used by your enemies and why they have so smooth operation on a small screen.
Probably a gaming phone is the reason and another game is gentian impact before the legion 2 pro there was no model, stably running the game at 60fps and lasting for 30 minutes in our test. Now here we are, it feels pretty easy for the model to access the best gaming experience without even turning on the rampage mode. While the curve of the cpu clock shows tiny performance throttling, the turbofan worked so hard that we could hear their noise, but consequently the cooling effect was also impressive. With such outstanding performance, the cpu inside eventually heated up to 58 degrees celsius after the 30 min gaming, and even though the cpu once went up to a high temperature of 59 degrees celsius, our holding experience wasn’t really affected. Since a large portion of the heat was collected at the central area, which left the touch area at a relatively cooler state, even for the surface of the central area, the temperature went up to around 48 degrees celsius. While both sides of touch area stayed at only around 40 degrees celsius in indian legends, the frame rate went up to 60 fps, but after 10 mins it started fluctuating between 45fps and 60fps. The average 55.6 fps frame rate is still one of the best results that we’ve tested, and then we switched on the rampage mode and ran the test again. This time the cpu temperature rapidly rised up to 68 degrees celsius and eventually stayed at 68 to 69 degrees celsius and the highest surface temperature could go up to 52 degrees celsius.
But again it happened only at the central area of the back and was not perceivable. In the holding areas during the test, though, the cpu clock slightly throttled down once the cpu was able to run at the highest 2.84 gigahertz most of the time, but the unlocked cpu speed didn’t bring much improvement in the performance of the phone, eventually, its average frame Rate didn’t really achieve a higher figure than the default mode. The legion 2 pro features a 64 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel wide angle, camera and another 44 megapixel pop up front camera. Well, probably, most gamers won’t bother much about a gaming phone’s camera performance, but here we still want to show you some samples, foreign Music. The audio performance is another surprise for the 2 pro, even when compared to the mi 11 x1 speakers. There is no obvious difference between them: Music, Applause, Music, Music, in addition to playing games on the phone. The legion phone also supports wireless projection through wifi and wired projection through cable. You can directly use the pc’s mouse and keyboard to map your phone’s operation, but it’s charging like the first legion phone. The 2 pro supports a dual channel 90 watt charging solution. The highest charging efficiency is only available via the included charger with dual usb c ports. The full charging test took us around 31 mins as a gaming phone. The legion 2 pro’s power consumption is relatively higher than most flagship models about its battery life.
Just check out the results here. Lenovo legion phone is currently one of the most special phone series, and even when, compared to the other gaming phones, it’s still quite unique, with the most aggressive design and the most gaming features on this phone, you will find so many details that are completely made for Gamers but very few features that reinforce its identity as a phone. We are planning to do a big gaming comparison featuring several latest gaming phones. It will be an interesting comparison as we’ll finally see how the legion 2 pro performs against true rivals. So please stay tuned and subscribe to our channel and if you like our videos, please give us a thumbs up thanks for watching.