Lenovo’s latest gaming phone, the Legion Y90, has just been announced. The phone comes in with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a whopping 18GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage in addition to the 256 or 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage, and yes, there’s RGB lighting on the rear.
Lenovo will initially sell the device in China only starting at 4,299 yuan or about $681. However, there’s no news on an international release just yet.
The phone’s rear maintains the same unusual design as its predecessor, maintaining the camera right in the middle of the phone to make holding it in a landscape orientation easier.
The specifications are also in line with 2022’s flagship trends. There’s a 6.9-inch OLED display running at 144Hz with a 720Hz touch sampling rate, and the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the screen. The RAM is LPDDR5, and the storage is UFS 3.1. There’s a 5600mAh battery that supports 68W fast charging.
Lenovo’s latest jab at the gaming phone market
Gaming smartphones often differentiate themselves from regular flagships by providing niche features that otherwise wouldn’t be found on a flagship meant for a wider audience, and the Y90 is no different.
Performance and Display
As mentioned above, the Legion Y90 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with options between 12, 16 and 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 or 512GB UFS3.1 storage. Additionally, the phone also gets 128GB SSD internal memory for additional space on the 18GB + 512GB variant.
The phone gets a 6.9-inch 2460 x 1080 AMOLED display running at 144Hz. The 720Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate should help register finger taps more accurately.
Gaming phones are notorious for having average camera hardware (and software) for the price. The Legion Y90 gets a 64MP read camera paired with a 13MP 120-degree ultrawide. The front has a 16MP punch-hole camera.
While this does sound reasonable on paper, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is more than capable of some good image processing, it remains to be seen how Lenovo handles the software side of things.
There’s a 5600mAh battery with support for 68W fast charging. Lenovo is claiming that you can charge the phone entirely in 35 minutes. There’s no wireless or reverse wireless charging available.
It wouldn’t be a gaming phone if it weren’t RGB, and the Y90 gets its fair share of RGB on the rear. There are also dual x-axis vibration motors, inbuilt gaming triggers and dual USB-C ports.
The one on the side supports up to 10Gbps data transfer, DP video output, OTG and reverse charging. The primary port at the bottom of the phone will give you up to 5Gbps data transfer, OTF, audio output, and reverse charging.
Pricing and availability
The phone is currently only available for pre-order in China and will sell starting March 10. Pre-orders will get an additional 300 yuan or roughly 48$ discount.
Here’s the pricing for the lineup.
- 12GB + 256GB: 4299 yuan ($681)
- 16GB + 256GB: 4599 yuan ($728)
- 18GB + 512GB (additional 128GB SSD storage): 5299 yuan ($839)
Here are the hardware specs for the Lenovo Legion Y90
|Specifications||Lenovo Legion Y90|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|RAM||12/16/18GB LPDDR5 RAM|
|Storage||256/512GB UFS3.1 storage|
Additional 128GB SSD storage
|Display||6.9-inches 2460 x 1080 AMOLED|
144Hz refresh rate
|Rear camera||64MP primary camera|
13MP 120-degree ultrawide
|Front Camera||16MP punch hole|
USB-C 3.1 Gen 2
|Battery and Charging||5600mAh|
68W wired fast charging
|OS||Android 12 with ZUI 13|
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