The gradual rise of mobile gaming has led smartphone OEMs to make a special product line for dedicated gaming phones. While Asus, Nubia and Xiaomi have already made their mark, Lenovo now walks in with its first core gaming phone – The Legion Duel.
Though it’s vested with flagship features, the Asus ROG Phone 3 which was launched alongside has similar powers to stand against it. But, which offers the best price-to-specs is what we’re going to decode here. Let’s check out the full comparison;
Asus ROG Phone 3 vs Lenovo Legion Duel
Starting with the display, both these sport a similar display size and capabilities. With 19.5:9 aspect ratio and HDR 10+, both these handsets have 144Hz refresh rate and no notches or punch-holes. This is to make the gaming view better. Further, ROG Phone 3 has a Reduction-certified technology and TUV Low Blue Light solution to be good for your eyes. Thus, ROG 3 earns the first point.
Moving into internals, both these phones equip the Snapdragon’s latest 865+ chip, which is dual-band 5G supported and comes with Adreno 650 GPU. Though the processor is similar to both, OEMs has stated to use them slightly different. The ROG Phone 3 would clock the primary Kyro 585 core up to 3.1GHz, whereas the Legion Duel clocks at up to 3.9GHz, and keeps the rest cores as equal clocking speeds. Thus, Legion makes a point here.
In the imaging department, the ROG Phone 3 sports a triple rear setup as 64MP (f/1.8) + 13MP (f/2.4) + 5MP (f/2.4) making it a slightly better capturer than Legion Duel’s dual rear setup of 64MP (f/1.9) + 16MP (f/2.2). Also, the ability to record 8K videos earns ROG 3 a clear point than Legion’s 4K limit. Even the front camera too favours ROG 3 with a 24MP (f/2.0), on comparing to Legion’s 20MP (f/2.2) lens.
The front camera design, if we talk about, has a special mark too. While the Asus followed the traditional setting, Lenovo made a new style by fitting the front camera at the side, and as a motorized pop-up! Well, the reason for this is justified, as Lenovo thinks it’s helpful too for gaming streamers. But, is that what all gamers do?
With respect to software, both the phones use their bloatwares on Android 10, which is okay as they’re specialized for gaming. The ROG UI for ROG 3 could it a point than Legion’s ZUI 12 (Legion OS) since it’s already seen in its predecessors and Legion is still using a part of Lenovo’s basic bloatware.
The storage couldn’t be a comparing metric, as it has nothing to do much about performance except they’re using high amounts of RAM and latest iteration of internal storage. Both these phones have LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 onboard storage with no slots for expanding it. With in-display fingerprint sensor, both these handsets have the same connectivities like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, GPS and other sensors.
With Type-C USB port, the ROG Phone 3 has a massive 6000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. Whereas the Legion Duel has a pair of 2500mAh batteries (powered via two USB ports) with 90W fast charging support! Do note that, the 90W delivery can be done only when both the ports are connected. Here, Legion makes the point. And in terms of core gaming sensors, both the phones almost similar venting technologies to smoothen the gaming experience.
Pricing and Availability
The ROG Phone 3 is priced at Rs.49,999 and Rs.57,999 for its 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB variants, in India. And the Legion Duel is the price starts from ¥3,499, which is around Rs.37,290 in India! This makes a big point here, as a gaming phone with such specs launching at that price point is great. But, it should be noted that Legion Duel is just announced for the Chinese market as of now, and may add duties if launched globally.