Remember the Asus ROG Phone 5 and how it snapped in half when subjected to the traditional bend test? Perhaps you had higher hopes for Lenovo’s just announced Legion Duel 2. Will this one be the 2021 gaming phone that’s not only very gaming-y, but can also withstand a serious bend?
Sorry, but no. The Legion Duel 2 unfortunately is similar to the ROG Phone 5 in that it can’t take a bend. YouTuber Zack from JerryRigEverything proves it in the video below.
Everything starts off as you’d expect, the screen glass is nothing out of the ordinary, scratching at level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale, with deeper grooves at level 7. The sides of the phone are made from metal, the pop-up selfie camera has glass protection on it, as do the rear snappers.
The screen survives an open flame for about 33 seconds until pixels start to get damaged, and then never fully recover. That’s also not unheard of.
And then… it simply snaps in two when bent, much more readily than the ROG Phone 5. The antenna lines on the sides are the weak spots, and they’re symmetrically placed on either side, which makes the tearing quite easy. There are more antenna lines on the other side of the center camera hump, and sure enough, it’s easy to snap there too. In the end, the phone is reduced to three parts. The front glass is still intact, though.
If you wear your phone in your back jeans pocket a lot and have a tendency to forget it’s there and sit on it by accident, maybe you should avoid these two gaming phones.