Lenovo announces new Legion Y90 smartphone with up to 6 “hidden buttons”

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Lenovo continues to bring good news to the gamer audience. The company announced its new top-of-the-line smartphone for those who enjoy playing games on Android: the Legion Y90 smartphone.

Legion Y90: Snapdragon 8 gen 1 and up to 18 GB of RAM

With full photo in performance, the Lenovo Legion Y90 brings the already expected Snapdragon 8 Gen1, Qualcomm's current-generation processor.

In terms of RAM memory, the smartphone has a version with 12 GB, 16 GB and 18 GB.



But the real novelty is on account of the internal storage. Using UFS 3.1 was expected.

 

 

The difference here will be the use of Raid 0. A feature coming directly from PCs that is implemented in the Y90 to bring even more performance. This promises to greatly speed up reading geometry and textures. You know when the game loads a scene and the textures take a split second to update to FullHD or 4K? This is what Raid 0 is intended to fix.

View the full specs of Legion Y90:

  • Screen: 4-inch AMOLED E6,9, 20,5:9 aspect ratio
  • Resolution: FullHD+ (2.460 x 1.080 pixels)
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Touch Sampling: 720 Hz
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 12 GB ate 18 GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 256GB UFS 3.1 or 512GB + 128 Raid 0
  • Sistema: Android 12 + ZUI 13
  • Main Camera: 64 MP f/1.9
  • Grande angular: 13 MP Ultrawide
  • Retractable front camera: 16 MP f/1,9
  • Battery: 5600 mAh
  • Fast charging: 68 W
  • Conectividade: Dual SIM, 5G, 4G / LTE, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C
  • HDMI Output: Yes 
  • Fingerprint reader on screen
  • Stereo and front speakers
  • Audio with Dolby Atmos support
  • Dual Z-axis linear motors for haptic feedback (feature similar to PS5 Dualsense)
  • Dimensions: 177 x 78,4 x 10,1 mm
  • Weight: 252g
  • Price: in Europe 540 euros (about R$ 3 thousand reais)

 



even better cooling

It is no secret that Lenovo produces one of the best smartphone gamers. This goes beyond specs, and has a lot more to do with build and cooling.

The manufacturer made a very good set with its first device, the Lenovo Legion Duel (video review here). With the second, he only maintained the good practice of keeping the cooling “up to date”. The Y90 feels like a natural evolution of the Lenovo Legion Duel 2.

With the Y90 Lenovo wanted to go even further.

Lenovo's most powerful smartphone comes with its own two internal coolers and a 3.500 mm² vapor chamber.

It's as if the Y90 already came from the factory with those coolers that you attach to your smartphone. Of course, it doesn't have the function of “freezing”, but Lenovo promises that the set that has a huge copper plate, will do the job. See in the image below how the smartphone is disassembled.

 

 

Up to six “touch buttons”

A novelty little commented on by news sites in Spain, are the touch areas that the device has and that can be used to simulate physical buttons or “configurable capacitive triggers”.

This time Lenovo wanted to go further and added something like six buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2, L3 and R3).

Looking, you won't see any buttons, but when touching the parts where they should be, the player will feel something rough. Just use the app that comes with your smartphone to configure the buttons.


“Four Finger” HUD without having your fingers on the screen.

In addition, the smartphone has a more sensitive vibration engine capable of giving smoother responses. Something like the vibration of Dualsense, PlayStation 5 controller.



Accessories

Just like ASUS' ROG Phone, this time the Legion comes with an accessory kit. Lenovo is revealing the news little by little.


The first one is a set of triggers that turn the tactile experience into something with better feedback.

Triggers are not exclusive to Legion and can be used on any smartphone. They are very similar to GameSir's F4 Falcon, which we reviewed in 2020.

The second accessory only appeared in a few leaked images and apparently it will be a cooler to attach to the device and make it even cooler. You can see it in the image in the left corner of the screen.

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Price and Availability

One can already imagine that this smartphone will cost “a kidney” in Spain. But its official prices in China are:

  • 12 GB/256 GB — 3.999 yuan (about R$3.270)
  • 16 GB/256 GB — 4.299 yuan (about R$3.515)
  • 18GB / 640GB (512GB + 128GB SSD) - 4.999 yuan (about R$4.090)

Did you find it expensive? You can expect that in Spain this will turn from 8 to 10 thousand reais.

 

With information from CanalTech and Lenovo.

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