Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

price Rs. 14,999 onwards launch Nov, 2016
current magic score ?
74.2
verdict BUY
good value-for-money
currently ranked
#25
of 149 phones in Rs. 10,000 - 15,000

phonecurry editor's note based on opinion across 6 expert review(s)

WHAT WE LIKED
  • 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)

WHAT WE DIDN'T
  • 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

6 expert review(s)


168+ user reviews

video review

source: @Digit
OS
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.3 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek MT8783
GPUMali 400 MP3
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4050 mAh
Battery Standby408 hrs
Battery Talktime23.00 hrs
Dimensions
Weight218 gm
Thickness9.6 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 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 Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Flash
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.4 um Pixel Size
  • Full HD Video Recording
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Dolby Atmos
  • JBL Hybrid Earphones within Box
  • WiFi Direct
  • WiFi Dual Band
  • USB On-the-go
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
brand rating
3.90/5
(Good)
average phonecurry internal rating for phones launched by this brand in the last 12 months
brand perception
Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys