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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review: Big Is In!

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Smartphones have gone big… really big! We’ve seen Korean flagships the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 have gone bigger than 5.5-inches. Lenovo’s new Phab series are overly-sized smartphones mainly promoted for media consumption. What we have here is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro which is the high end of the series. Let’s dig in with the review!

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
  • Adreno 510 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 6.4-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display (1440 x 2560 pixels) with 2.5D curved glass
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF fast focus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 4,050 mAh battery with fast charging technology
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P24,999

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We covered most of the phone’s design on our unboxing. It is not manageable to hold with one hand. Its a bit hefty to at 259 grams. If only Lenovo could trim some top and bottom bezels, that would be great.

DISPLAY

That big display means watching movies and playing games are enjoyable. With 6.4-inch of screen real estate and Quad HD resolution, expect clear and crisp movie experience on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. We also love that it is very usable under direct sunlight.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Lenovo has managed to put a powerful yet power efficient Snapdragon 652 processor paired with 4GB RAM. Overall performance has been smooth  with no lags experienced on our two-week review duration. Playing graphic intense games has been smooth as well. Super Mario Run and Sky Gamber’s Air Supremacy worked well here.

Tango is an augmented reality program of Google and the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro supports such program. You see the big camera sensor in the middle? That’s mainly for VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) use. We did not test its AR capabilities since many people won’t use it anyway.

CAMERA

The camera isn’t Lenovo’s bread and butter when it comes to smartphones. Photos we took using the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus are lacks vibrancy and color. Good thing photos are generally sharp. The camera also focuses fast so taking phones are generally quick.

CONNECTIVITY

All connectivity options are available – WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner. So far the fingerprint scanners works fine. We did notice something with the LTE connectivity and signal reception as we get inconsistent results.

BATTERY

On paper, the 4,000 mAh battery seems enough to power the device. But the big screen real estate plus is 2k resolution means it sips more power. Overall,  the device has shorter than usual battery life. We managed to get around 8 hours of heavy use which involves gaming and watching movies with WiFi and LTE turned on.

VERDICT

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will bring your multimedia experience to the next level. With its big and gorgeous screen, watching video content and playing graphic intense games is a smooth and joyful experience. The battery is a bit of a letdown but it has fast charging onboard. We just think that AR and VR are wasted features that people will not use everyday.

FTA Rating

  • Hardware – 8
  • Design – 9
  • Display -10
  • Software – 9
  • Performance – 9.5
  • Camera – 7.8
  • Battery -7
  • Connectivity – 8.5