Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Price and review

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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Price and review:Founded in Beijing in 1984, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005, and first became the world’s top PC maker in 2013. It entered the Android and Windows tablet market in 2011, began selling Android smartphones in 2012, and acquired Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. The company has also launched an online-only sub-brand for smartphones called Zuk in China.

For Lenovo India, 2016 has been a great year. In fact the company is the number two smartphone vendor for Q3 according to IDC and has been rolling out a number of smartphones in India. Along with the popular K series, Lenovo seems to be concentrating on the 6-inch and above display phablet phones.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus review

Lenovo Phab2 Specifications :

  • 6.40-inch Full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels)
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB expandable to 128GB via microSD card
  • MediaTek’s MTK8783 octa-core processor
  • 13MP +13 MP rear camera, F/2.0, Augmented Reality Mode, + 8MP front camera
  • 4,050 mAh battery
  • Dolby Atmos
  • android 6.0 marshmallow

 

Lenovo is pitching the Phab 2 Plus as an entertainment device,and it’s evident from the fact that NetFlix was pre-loaded on this phone. Plus the phone comes with a Dolby Atmos mode. A big 6.4-inch full HD screen will definitely be used for video consumption and Lenovo seems to understand this. But while the huge display is great for video watching, it also makes the phone unwieldy, and heavy.

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a metal unibody design, there’s curved 2.5 D glass all over the front, on-screen buttons that are backlit, dual speakers at the bottom, a dual-rear camera at the back and a fingerprint scanner below that. From a design perspective, the phone looks good, but the trouble is when you’re trying to hold it for daily use.

Sure there’s a one-handed mode in the settings under the L Assist Tab, where the dialer pad will be placed according to the grip to make typing in numbers easier. But I feel the weight of the phone 218 gms is a lot to handle.

The thick bezels on the screen are not doing it any favours either. This is a phone you’ll use when settled into bed for that night-time surfing session. It certainly doesn’t fit in any jeans pocket that I know of, unless you are giant.

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Good Things:

  1.  I watched mostly Netflix on this phone, and the Full HD display is quite good.
  2. There’s also a Dolby Atmos mode in the settings you can turn on and I felt it makes a significant difference to the sound quality.
  3. the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus can handle your daily browsing tasks, gaming, etc, although it doesn’t come off with flying colours in Antutu. Multi-tab browsing on Chrome is not an issue.
  4. In UI, Lenovo has kept things simple and as close to pure Android. Some pre-loaded apps include Netflix, McAfee, ShareIt, etc.
  5. The clean interface is an advantage; this one doesn’t face issues with app permissions, etc as it happens on other phones with their own heavily customised UIs.

Not Good Things :

  1. Camera not much better compare to price range.
  2. It is slow, the AR mode seems fun, but in a pointless kind of way.
  3. There is a tendency for the software to blur out much of the actual object, rather than just the background.
  4. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has 4G VoLTE support, but that Jio SIM didn’t work on this; not for data or voice calls. I’m not sure what happened here, because the SIM works fine on a OnePlus 3T and Lenovo K6 Power.
  5. I feel such a big phone needs to offer more on the battery front.

Final Words:

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus gets the entertainment bit right, both from display and audio perspective.The company has also discovered that the right UI is the one that looks closest to Pure Android. But overall the battery and camera are not exciting; the latter feels particularly gimmicky. However, I feel this device is geared for entertainment, and does that job well. If that’s your only need, then consider this, because this Phab is huge.

 

Price :14,999

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