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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus
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magic score74.291.4
PriceRs. 14,999 onwardsRs. 11,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Nov, 2016Aug, 2016
Screen Size6.4 inches5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)IPS, Scratch Resistant Display (Gorilla Glass 3)
Processor1.3 GHz1.8 GHz
Processor NameMediaTek MT8783MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
GPUMali 400 MP3Mali T860 MP2
Thickness9.6 mm8.45 mm
Weight218 gm165 gm
Battery Capacity4050 mAh3500 mAh
Battery Standby408 hrsN/A
Battery Talktime23.00 hrs33.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)N/A18.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersN/ABattery Standby Time (4G): 364 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Nice design with metal unibody and curved Gorilla Glass on the front
  • Good build quality
  • The back is slightly curved so the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus sits comfortably in your palm
  • The fingerprint sensor on the back works well and authentication is fast and painless
  • Good, large display - crisp, good colour reproduction, and good sunlight legibility
  • Near-stock implementation of Android, with only a custom icon set, keeping things nice and simple
  • Other added features include a one-handed mode, auto-answering a call when you bring the phone to your ear, smart shortcut floating menu etc.
  • Decent loudspeaker - gets fairly loud compared to most other phones with a single speaker - and audio quality is decent for games and other media
  • Videos look great on the large screen and the phone handles up to 1080p files
  • Decent battery life (though not great, even with a 4050 mAH rating) - lasts the day with moderate use
  • Even though there’s no official fast charging - but the included 10W charger manages to top up the phone within a couple of hours, which is pretty good
  • Decent front 8-megapixel camera - manages decent pictures in day/ under natural light (but doesn’t do so well under artificial lighting)
  • Good build quality
  • Nice metal unibody design and brushed metal finish - feels good to hold
  • Smaller and slimmer than the K4 Note
  • Bundled clear cover for protecting the phone
  • Good display - solid brightness levels, contrast ratio, sunlight legibility and viewing angles
  • Display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection unlike the K4 Note
  • Lenovo’s Vibe UI adds some useful features on top of Android
  • Good speed/performance, including with games
  • Multitasking is smooth too, thanks to the ample RAM
  • Built-in support for VR glasses, similar to the K4 Note (ANT VR headset has to be purchased separately)
  • Decent, fast rear camera, especially for daylight shots - macro shots are good too and HDR shots came out well
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is good for selfies and video chats - colors are vibrant and the images are sharp as well
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Thanks to Dolby Atmos, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec and 1.5W speaker, loudspeaker output is good and clear even in full volume
  • Audio output through headphones is good as well
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - a definite improvement over the K4 Note - lasts a full day
  • Useful power saving modes to further reduce battery consumption
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • The Phab 2 Plus is a massive phone and despite Lenovo trying its best to minimize the footprint with thin bezels, it still requires two hands to operate, is cumbersome to carry around, and sticks out of your trouser pocket - the weight too is pretty hefty at 218 grams
  • The ambient light sensor is a little slow to react at times
  • The performance is decent in regular use, but begins to throttle once you try juggling between apps, using the AR features of the camera, or basically anything CPU intensive - gaming performance too is limited - as a whole, this SoC is definitely weaker than the Snapdragon 6xx series chips which we see in many other phones in this price range - the phone deserved better
  • The phones also heats up quickly if you’re watching a video, using the camera or even having a long call - heat can be felt along the edges where the buttons and the headphones socket are placed, and the back
  • Average rear camera - struggles to capture good details in distant objects (although macro shots fare much better) - the dual-camera doesn't appear to add much value - and once the phone starts to heat up, focusing speeds dip, and the app begins to lag
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot lets you either use dual SIMS or a memory card, but not both together
  • No special support for quick charging unlike some of its competitors
  • Low-light camera performance of the phone is strictly average - with plenty of noise in the shots
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