The Lenovo Legion is said to be the first 5G gaming phone, and we now have every reason to believe that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset will be on board.
First an alleged press photo of a Lenovo Legion phone (below) Posted on Weibo, was shared by Gizmo China, There's not much to see, but it's clearly the Lenovo Legion branding that is specific to gaming products.
We have seen many companies offer fancy gaming phones that increase clock speeds or display refresh rates of 120 Hz, but we haven't seen any that can connect to next-generation 5G networks.
The Lenovo Legion gaming phone will likely come with some other game-related specs. Lenovo may add special cooling to give the Snapdragon 865 high clock speeds, and it will likely announce the 5G connection to stream more games.
What else can Lenovo do to be different?
The number of gaming phones is getting denser. The Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG Phone 2, and Black Shark 3 have cornered the market, and Lenovo may not be able to break in as easily. Lenovo is also unlikely to break into the U.S. market since it left its own branded phones outside and left Motorola to cover the U.S.
Lenovo might try to undercut prices, but there is limited room to cut specs when the high-end Snapdragon 865 is included. One area that Lenovo could explore is VR. The competitors in the gaming phone sector don't have as much to do in VR as Lenovo.
Lenovo has developed headsets for Windows Mixed Reality, and the phone plugged into a headset may still work. Even the adorable Oculus Quest only runs on a Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Legion phone's chipset would offer significantly more performance, and that, along with some Lenovo expertise in VR, could turn out to be an interesting product.
Of course, Lenovo could only bring out a cookie cutter smartphone that includes high-end specs, some gamer design elements, and a big, glowing "Y". After all, this is the same company that started making gaming laptops that can't play.