Lenovo Phab 2 Plus
Hello! Guys, Today, I’m going to take a look at Lenovo Phab 2 Plus review. Each year phones get bigger and bigger and a lot of people seem to like this trend. Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of enormous smartphones but I can definitely understand the benefits of the large display. Just before we start, this phone was released back in June 2016 and with the recent price drop, you can get it for just over a 275 dollars or 15,000 rupees.
To be honest with you, it just feels that you have a small tablet in your hand and you may look ridiculous once you make a call with it. On the other hand, The Phab 2 Plus feels substantial in the hand due to it’s all-metal built, Tactile metal buttons and the weight of over 200 grams.
We have nicely backlit capacitive keys which are great but I always prefer a back button on the right.
As far as the selfie game goes there is an 8–megapixel shooter which is coupled with a front firing flash for those night self-portraits. On the back, we have a dual camera setup that consists of two 13-megapixel sensors which are a couple of Dual tones LED flash and laser autofocus system. The second camera is used to capture depth information but more on that feature later on.
The Lenovo Phab 2 is an exceptional phone for its sheer size. The device parts an enormous 6.4-inches 1080p IPC LCD display which is nice and sharp but it could be slightly brighter for outer use.
Fingerprint Scanner: –
The fingerprint scanner seems to be in the right spot and it is fast, accurate and it can unlock the phone straight from the standby mode.
When it comes to the Camera app, it’s not the fastest to take pictures with there is some extra shooting most likely Pro mode. Where you can adjust quite a few image settings. The AR or augmented reality mode, let’s you insert animated object into your photo or video. The Dual Camera mode allows you to take the pictures blurred background. The images look quite good but not really impressive. The bokeh effect could be more accurate than more expressive. The daylight image quality using the auto mode is good, there is a decent amount of detail. The colors look nice but the dynamic range of adjustment is usually off. A good thing Is that the HDR mode brings a lot of detail back to the shadows. The low-light camera performance is bad not only there is a ton of noise but the pictures just look dark as the image processing does nothing to brighten up the scene.
The selfie image quality is decent and there should be enough quality for social media needs. The 1080p video does not look impressive but keeps in mind that I tested the phone on a cloudy day so the lighting was far from the best. The 1080p selfie video is kind of mediocre. But what is more important is that the sound recording quality is very good definitely one of the best in class.
When it comes to the Hardware, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus ships with a rather unusual Octa-Core, Mediatek MT8783 chipset that is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The gaming performance is kind of mediocre. It’s not possible to play games like Asphalt 8 on the highest graphics as there is a lot of lag. However, things get a lot better on medium graphics but you should still expect that you skip frames. The phone gets warm quite quickly but it does not have any overheating issues.
User Interface: –
The Phab 2 Plus ships with the Android 6.0 out of the box and I don’t see it getting updated to Android 7.0 but I may be wrong. The right, just a few added features that work quite well but I don’t really use them. If you are Into customization, you can choose from quite a few themes, fonts or wallpapers. For the most part, the phone has been passed on the daily basis and I have no complaints about this performance.
When it comes to connectivity the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus does everything great except for the fact that the earpiece volume output could be a little bit higher.
When it comes to the sound quality, it is actually one of the best for a 275 dollars phone both using the earphones and listening to music via the loudspeaker. In fact, the Phab 2 Plus comes with Dolby Atmos Enhancements and Dolby audio capture 5.1 which make quite a huge difference.
The 4050 mAh battery will let you use the phone for an entire day quite easily. With my usage, I could get over 6 hours of screen on time which is a good result. However, the phone does not ship with a fast charger and it takes 2 and half hours to fully charge the device.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is one of these largest phones you can buy and it offers a lot of value for the price of which is below 275 dollars but it’s not a perfect device. Besides, a decent 6.4-inch display you get an all-metal body of the phone, great sound quality, good battery life, and a pretty snappy user interface performance. However, the camera struggles in low-light, the dual camera mode does not truly impress. The gaming performance is not the best. At the end of the discussion, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is for those who look equality budgets super-sized smartphone that is made by a respectable manufacturer but doesn’t really mind previously mentioned shortcomings.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Lenovo Phab 2 Plus||Rs. 14,999|
|Lenovo Phab 2 Plus||$ 275.00|
SIM- Dual SIM (Micro/Nano)
Launch- 2016, June
|BODY||Dimensions- 173.9 x 88.3 x 9.6mm
|DISPLAY||Type- IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920 Pixels (344 PPI)
|CAMERA||Rear- Dual 13-MP, F/2.0, Laser & PDAF, Dual LED Flash
Front- 8-MP, F/2.2, 1.4 micron Pixel Size, 1080p
Features- Geo-Tagging, Touch-focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama
|PROCESSOR||OS- Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chip- MediaTek MT8783
CPU- Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
|MEMORY||Internal- 32 GB, 3GB RAM
External- up to 256GB (microSD, Uses SIM 2)
|FEATURES||Sensors- Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi direct, Hotspot
USB- micro USB 2.0
-Bluetooth, GPS & Radio available
|SOUND||-Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack available
-Dolby Atmos audio enhancement/Dolby Audio Capture 5.1
-Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|BATTERY||-Li-Ion 4050 mAh|