Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is a phone of firsts, beginning with the fact that it’s the first consumer Tango phone.
It’s also the first Lenovo-branded phone to reach to the US. And it’s the first handset that’s ever tempted me to think about owning a phone that’s more comfortable to carry with two hands than one.
At $499 (no AU or UK pricing yet), the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is fairly priced, though you won’t get it as most US retail stores at launch. Instead, it’s heading online, to Best Buy shops and Lowe’s shops, of all locations.
The main feature of the Phab 2 Pro is its display. It dazzles with crisp graphics and vibrant colors. Game photographs are sharp. However, there’s also a depth and textural richness to them that makes you feel like you’ll be able to attain in and touch whatever you look at. It’s also excellent if you’re using it to view the real world, such as with the Measure IT application to take measurements of room around you.
The 6.4-inch screen on the Phab 2 Pro is indeed massive, however mostly unremarkable. Lenovo went on an “assertive” IPS LCD display, which mainly means the panel can optimize colors and contrast on the pixel level.
Don’t get me wrong: It’s 2,560 x 1,440 resolution means it’s still a lot crisp, also if it isn’t as pixel-dense as different devices because of how large the panel is. Color reproduction is accurate too, although it will positively feel a little flat when you’re coming from a device with an AMOLED screen just like the Galaxy S7.
Motorola has long been a fan of near-stock Android, and I’m glad its parent company, Lenovo, appears simply as fond of it. The Phab 2 Pro comes with an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow that has been left almost entirely untouched. Sincerely, there are no extra widgets, no bloatware, no visual junk. When you put the Tango-specific stuff aside, there are however a few add-ons: an app for easy file sharing, another for cloud backups, a Dolby Atmos app for audio tuning, a sound recorder, and Accuweather.
Hardware And performance
I can’t emphasize this sufficient: The Phab 2 Pro ($500) is enormous. Then again, how could it be anything, however? We’ve plenty of things to thank for that, from the phon
e’s 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen to the bank of capacitive buttons under it, to the large 4,050mAh battery under the hood. Additionally onboard are 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a micro-USB port, an Adreno 510 GPU and a tray that receives either two SIM cards or a SIM card and a microSD card as large as 128GB.
Beneath the hood, the Phab 2 Pro isn’t high-end, either. Lenovo’s phone packs an octa-core processor with four low-power Cortex-A53 1.4GHz cores for lighter duties, a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 processor and two powerhouses Cortex-A72 1.8GHz cores for crunching larger numbers. It’s the same chip that is inside LeEco’s midrange Le S3 and a tier or two less powerful than the Galaxy S7 Edge, LG’s V20 and HTC 10 all of which pack Qualcomm’s speedy Snapdragon 820.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s comes with a 16-megapixel camera plays such an important role in making Tango’s augmented reality work, you’d assume Lenovo would’ve chosen a top-flight sensor. It has a 8 MP front camera.
Lenovo’s provides the Phab 2 Pro a bit 4,050mAh battery, however as we have seen far too often with phablets, large batteries like that are frequently offset by the high energy demands of massive screens – and they don’t get much bigger than the panel on this phone.
Connector: USB Type-C (reversible)
Navigation: Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
Features: Mass storage device, USB charging
Positioning: GPS, A-GPS
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band
Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
The Phab 2 Pro is a massive handset that provides us a one-of-a-kind smartphone experience thanks to its Tango, we simply can’t shake the feeling that a phone like this isn’t quite prepared for prime time. The next Tango phone could simply be a significant improvement over this model. However, it might not happen at all had the Phab 2 Pro not blazed that trail first. When you need to see what Tango can do right now, the Phab 2 Pro is joyful to be your ticket of admission. However for those who demand a little more refinement from your smartphone features, maybe maintain off for the next generation of this technology.
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