Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Review

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Review: Lenovo is steadily increasing its Phab series of smartphones. Rather than spamming the market with a hundred variants, the company has only simply launched the successor to last year’s Phab Plus. We felt that phone had nice potential as a media consumption device however its size made it extremely awkward to hold, even when you have abnormally large hands.

Phab 2 Plus

This year, we have the Phab 2 Plus, which was introduced as part of a trio together with the Phab 2 and Phab 2 Pro. The Plus variant is the only one to make it to India so far, and it works as a successor to the existing Phab Plus.

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Smartphone (Grey, JBL earphones) Dual Sim

$350.00

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Review

Specification

Display size: 6.4 inches

OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)

Internal Storage: 32 GB

RAM: 3 GB

Rear Camera: 13MP

Front Camera: 8MP

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery

Design

Phab 2 Plus

The phone gets a curved Gorilla Glass and metal unibody on the front. It feels tough sufficient to withstand a drop or two. The Phab 2 Plus is a large phone, and despite Lenovo trying its best to minimize the footprint with thin bezels and no extra space above and beneath the display, it still requires two hands to operate.

Display

Phab 2 Plus

It has a 6.4 inches display and is an IPS panel with a full-HD resolution, that results in a crisp 344ppi pixel count. The text is sharp, and icons lack jaggedness around the edges. Color reproduction is pretty good too and the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus fares nicely under direct sunlight.

Software

Phab 2 Plus

The phone has an Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and whereas that’s good, Lenovo hasn’t fared so properly when it comes to security updates.

Hardware and Performance

Phab 2 Plus

Phab 2 Plus, however, comes with the not-so-popular octa-core MediaTek processor (MT8783), 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. The device operates on the near-stock Android Marshmallow.

General performance is relatively smooth thanks to the near-stock Android. However, efficiency begins to throttle once you try balancing between apps, using the AR features of the camera, or anything CPU intensive. We observed intermittent stutter when multitasking and when using the camera.

Camera

Phab 2 Plus

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus features two 13-megapixel camera sensors, laser auto-focus (AF), and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF). The secondary camera sensor is worked for measuring depth however it didn’t appear to do anything to improve the quality of images. The front 8-megapixel camera manages decent footage in a day/ under natural light, however, doesn’t do so properly under artificial lighting, though the front flash helps to an extent.

Battery Life

Phab 2 Plus

The 4050mAh battery thus delivered average efficiency. We noticed that the battery holds its capacity very well at night when the phone isn’t in use, however, begins to deplete quickly if we played a game or used the camera. There’s no official quick charging right here. However, the 10W charger manages to top up the phone within a couple of hours.

Connectivity Options

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct,dual-band, Hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS

Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Conclusion

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus should have had all the productions of a good, large-screened phone for media consumption, however, in our opinion, a couple of poor selections stop it from being a viable alternative to Xiaomi’s Mi Max.

It does well enough regarding build, display, software, and audio quality. The dual-camera setup is a bit unnecessary, and the additional features feel a bit gimmicky. However, the picture quality isn’t too bad, especially for macro pictures. When you don’t want a big screen and are simply looking for a good all-rounder, you’ve plenty of choices such as the Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Zuk Z1 (Review), to name a few in this price section.

Where To Buy

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Smartphone (Grey, JBL earphones) Dual Sim

$350.00

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Review

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