Our Opinion

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is a slightly better phone, but the Lenovo Phab 2 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Lenovo Phab 2 Plus might be a slightly better choice.

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Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 14,759 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2016 Nov, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 229 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.3 GHz 1.3 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT8735 MediaTek MT8783
GPU Mali-400 MP2 Mali 400 MP3
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase-Detection Auto-Focus, AR Effect Dual Cameras (13MP + 13MP), F/2.0 Aperture, 1.34 Pixel Size, Professional Mode, Background Swap, Post Shot Refocus capability, Laser & Phase-Detection Auto-Focus, AR Photography
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 85-degrees wide-angle lens Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.6 mm 9.6 mm
Weight 225 gm 218 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4050 mAh 4050 mAh
Battery Standby 336 hrs 408 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 32.00 hrs 23.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Dolby Atmos; Noise Filtration; McAfee Security; Netflix; SwiftKey Dolby Atmos; JBL Hybrid Earphones within Box; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB On-the-go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Decent design with slightly curved back and chamfered edges
  • Decent battery life - though not great by phablet standards - lasts the day with moderate use
  • 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)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Obviously with such a large device, you will need both hands to use the phone
  • Because of the large size, the phone also weighs a hefty 227 grams, making it out as one of the heaviest phones out there right now, alongside the Mi Max and the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Misses out on a fingerprint scanner
  • Very ordinary, low-resolution display - some icons appear fuzzy, while text can appear jagged
  • The viewing angles aren't very good either
  • Brightness, and sunlight legibility are below-par too
  • Performance is acceptable in day-to-day use but certainly falls behind the Snapdragon 650 competitors in this price range - performance is especially inferior in games
  • Sub-par camera - images taken with the phone are consistently dull, regardless of lighting conditions - in daylight, colours seem dull with a hint of under-saturation - details are low in most conditions, and the phone loses details in shadows - in low light, the image quality is quite poor with noticeable noise and poor colours
  • 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
  • Earpiece volume is a little on the low side, so listening to calls in noisy environments can get difficult
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