Lenovo's next gaming phone has a camera that pops out of its side

The Lenovo Legion is set to arrive on July 22nd.

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Lenovo's Legion gaming phone could have a pop-out side camera
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Lenovo is about to release a high-spec gaming phone with a rarely (if ever) seen feature, according to a listing from the Chinese site JD.com (via 91mobiles). The Legion smartphone packs a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera located on the side, smack in the middle. That could make it easier to stream yourself while gaming in landscape mode or just be the first on the block with a weird new feature.

Consistent with the phone’s sporty nature, the camera will pop up in just 0.496 seconds and retract in 0.5 seconds. That would make it the fastest pop-up camera yet, according to Lenovo, and it will have a lifespan of over 400,000 activations.

Apart from the selfie camera gimmick, the Legion phone has an impressive spec sheet. It packs a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and 90 watt fast charging. You’d also get a 64-megapixel main and 16-megapixel wide-angle cameras, along with dual front speakers, RGB lighting and aggressive Legion branding.

According to a Lenovo video in the listing, the phone will be released in China on July 22nd for around RS 50,000, or about $670. There’s no word yet on whether it will come to North America or Europe.

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