Lenovo’s next smartphone designer for gamers has a big display with a high refresh rate, a cooling system that includes a vapor chamber and twin fans for active cooling, and dual USB Type-C ports, one on the side of the phone and one on the bottom. The Lenovo Legion Y90 is also one of the first smartphones feature UFS 3.1 storage and a 128GB SSD in a RAID 0 configuration for speedier performance.
Lenovo has been dropping hints about what to expect from the phone for weeks, and now the company has officially launched the phone in China, where it goes on sale March 10 for around $630 and up.
The phone also sports a 6.9 inch, 2460 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 720 Hz touch sampling rate, and 1300 nits brightness, LPDDR5 memory and a 5600 mAh battery plus support for 68W fast charging.
A few other gaming-focused features include shoulder trigger buttons and a RAM boost feature that allocates up to 4GB of storage space to act as virtual memory… in case the included 12GB to 18GB somehow isn’t enough for the Android games (or even emulated titles) you’re playing that were almost universally designed to run on systems with far less memory than that.
|Lenovo Legion Y90 specs|
2460 x 1080 pixels (338 ppi)
144 Hz refresh rate
720 Hz touch sampling rate
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|Memory / Storage||LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1 + SSD|
12GB / 256GB
16GB / 256GB
18GB / 512GB + 128GB
|Battery||5600 mAh (2 x 2800 mAh)|
|Cameras||64MP + 13MP (rear)|
|Ports||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C|
1 x USB 2.0 Type-C
|Dimensions||177 x 78.4 x 10.14mm|
|Price||12GB/256GB for 3,999 CNY ($635)|
16GB/256GB for 4,299 CNY ($680)
18GB/512GB + 128GB SSD for 4,999 CNY ($790)
It’s unclear if or when the Lenovo Legion Y90 will be sold outside of China, but if it does make it to the global market it’ll probably have a different name.
The company has been selling Legion-branded gaming phones globally for a few years, and there’s some evidence that a new Legion Phone 3 Lite and/or Legion Phone 3 Pro are on the way. If I had to guess, I’d say those phones are likely to be very similar to the Lenovo Legion Y90.
This article was originally published February 25, 2022 and most recently updated February 28, 2022.