Lenovo shuts down Legion gaming phone business

Lenovo’s foray into the mobile gaming market was marked by the release of its Legion line of smartphones, which boasted impressive specifications and attention-grabbing features such as SSD RAID storage and pop-out cameras. However, the company has now announced its complete exit from the gaming phone business, as part of a broader transformation and consolidation of its gaming portfolio. 

Lenovo shuts down Legion gaming phone business

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According to a spokesperson, “Lenovo is discontinuing its Android-based Legion mobile gaming phones…but is 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.” This move is likely a result of Lenovo’s failure to establish the Legion brand beyond the confines of the Chinese market, despite poaching several employees from ASUS ROG team early on. 

Lenovo’s most recent Legion-branded phone was the Y70, which was announced last August and was positioned as a slightly lower-end option. However, the flagship Y90 was released over a year ago in February 2022. With Lenovo’s departure from the gaming phone market, ASUS is now the only major player left with its ROG lineup. Other contenders include the Nubia Red Magic and Xiaomi’s Black Shark, although the latter recently laid off a significant portion of its workforce. 

Going forward, Lenovo will likely shift its focus to its Moto line of smartphones, along with special models such as the ThinkPhone. As a leader in gaming devices and solutions, Lenovo remains committed to advancing the gaming industry in whatever way it can, despite its withdrawal from the mobile gaming segment.

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