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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus Review: Dual Cam Plus Big Screen FTW!

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Lenovo remains to be aggressive in the Philippine market. This time, the company is eyeing to gain more ground at the phablet space by introducing a trio of Phab line of smartphones. One of the trio, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus offers something different to the user and not just big screen estate.  Is it worth your money? Let’s find out.

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus:

  • Octa Core Mediatek MT8783 chipset
  • Mali T720 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandble via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 6.4-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Dual 13 megapixel rear facing camera f/2.0 aperture with laser autofocus, PDAF and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera f/2.2 aperture with LED flash
  • Dolby ATMOS with Dolby Audio Capture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 4,050 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P14,999
  • Status: Available at Lenovo stores and retailers

Related article – Lenovo Phab 2 Plus unboxing and first impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is a big smartphone. Period. It is small to be considered a tablet that’s why it is considered a phablet. Lenovo insists it is still a smartphone aimed to be a multimedia device. Having a 6.4-inch display means it is a device that needs hand gymnastics even with two hands. The phone has an unibody metal design and it looks sturdy. We accidentally dropped the phone twice and it never had a scratch on the screen nor on its body. Since its a big phone, it is also quite hefty. Just keep in mind if you are very particular with a phone’s size and weight, better weight in your options.

DISPLAY

Having a big 6,4-inch display has one big advantage – multimedia. Having a big screen means its more fun watching movies, TV shows or even playing graphic intense games. We’ve watched Avengers: Age of Ultron on this device and it was really fun. Thanks to the phone’s full HD display and its sunlight legibility, watching videos is such a joyful experience

SOFTWARE AND DESIGN

On the software side, Lenovo did little to tweak the UI so you’ll get almost vanilla Android experience here. We never encountered any lags with normal use. We encountered lags when we left two memory hogging games running in the background plus other apps.

CAMERA

Aside from a big screen, one main selling feature of the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is the dual camera. It has two 13 meagpixel shooters that work together for a better photo. The set up is similar to the Huawei P9  especially with its bokeh effects. The implementation results are good. Though we find the lack of color vibrancy on the photos.

CONNECTIVITY

All necessary connectivity options comes standard – WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner and LTE. Internet connectivity has been within normal range based on our tests and signal reception has been excellent. Calls are clear with no issues. Dual SIM card set up is a micro and nano one but the nano SIM slot is a hybrid which means it can be inserted a microSD card.

BATTERY

We find the battery a mixed bag. Standby time has been excellent but once you use the phone with LTE or WiFi on, battery drains faster than usual. Maybe because of its full HD screen plus an octa core processor sips more power than usual. On heavy use we managed to get around 7 hours of battery with 11% juice left.

VERDICT

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus clearly targets two different types of smartphones users. One who wants bigger screen real estate for multimedia use and the other is for its dual camera. The potential buyer must decide whether they can live with a big phone if they’re after the camera or the other way around. But for those who are looking for a big screen and good camera in one phone. look nowhere else. 🙂

Disclaimer: The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is a review unit borrowed from Lenovo Philippines for an unbiased review.