Lenovo confirmed killing its Legion series smartphone lineup – after rumors of the same started surfacing on social media.
Talking to Android Authority, Lenovo said the decision was part of a wider business transformation and gaming portfolio consolidation. Well, the company didn’t mention how this could affect the current team working on Legion mobiles, Legion laptops, and the future support for existing mobiles out there.
The End of Lenovo Legion Smartphones
In a world where video gaming is mostly dominated by consoles and PCs, mobile OEMs have entered with robust smartphone offerings – putting the gaming experience almost parallel to other hardware. One among them is Lenovo, which came up with its first gaming smartphone series called Legion in 2020.
The company offered a powerful piece of 144Hz display, two haptic motors, a strong processor, a hefty battery, and RGB lighting effects – making it a good deal. Though consumers ignored it utterly, Lenovo continued with its second Legion – the Duel 2 in 2021 – that has a landscape-mounted pop-up camera added to updated specs.
Yet, the brand didn’t pick up well in this space. This hit the company to rethink its smartphone strategy while shelving plans for a possible “Lenovo Legion Play,” an Android-powered handheld. Well, today, Lenovo confirmed to the Android Authority that it’s suspending the whole Legion mobile lineup for good!
“Lenovo is discontinuing its Android-based Legion mobile gaming phones as part of a wider business transformation and gaming portfolio consolidation.”
Further, the company says it’s “committed to advancing the gaming category across form factors, as well as focusing on where it can bring the most value to the global gaming community.” It’s unclear what effect this move could have on the Legion laptop business – which is doing fairly well.
Also, we don’t know what happens to the current Legion phones in the market – about their software support in the future.