In 2016, the popularity started to gain a huge apparatus with a screen more than 6 inches, which is the true intermediate between smartphones and tablets. Their “plantation” released by Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu, did not stay aside and watch. In June 2016, was presented Lenovo Phab 2 Plus – a 6.4-inch device costing from $ 330.
The smartphone is a classic representative of the category of phablets, to judge by external indicators. However, some of its features are not peculiar to the phones. What features make the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus with tablets and which pleasantly stands out from competitors – show review.
The smartphone can be called a typical mid-table club for 2016, but some users its hardware seems a little weak.
Case Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is made of metal, only a small portion of the back panel is made of plastic. The build quality can be called good, in the hands of a smartphone does not creak, no backlash and does not bend. The dimensions of the device are impressive: 174 mm high, 88 mm wide and 9.6 mm in thickness. For comparison, Xiaomi Max about the same size but 2mm thinner. Weighs Lenovo Phab 2 Plus 218 grams.
The front panel of the smartphone is covered with tempered 2.5 D glass.Below the screen are touch keys with backlight. Above the display is earpiece, front camera, light sensors/approximation, and flash.Around the display has a black frame, but it is visible only in the Golden version of the device.
Rear panel – aluminium, except the top and bottom panels (they are plastic).In the middle of the back – round patch of a fingerprint scanner over him, the oval – shaped catwalk, on which are two cameras, a flash and a laser rangefinder. Covered with glass and the perimeter is surrounded by a chrome frame.
The side faces have a distinct character (crossfade cover in Boca is not), achieved a brilliant bevel on the perimeter of the back. On the right side there are volume control keys and power.
On the left side a slot for cards.
The bottom end includes a USB port and mesh speaker.
At the top of the smartphone – a second microphone hole and the 3.5 mm Jack.
Processor Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is what sets it apart from smartphones and tablets in common with. The phone features a MediaTek chipset MT8783 and SoC 8000 series is designed for tablets. Typically, such chips are characterized by a lack of an integrated cell modem, but MT8783 is renamed MT6753, and the modem he has. The chip contains 8 cores Cortex A53 with a frequency of 1.3 GHz and graphics Mali T720 MP3.
CPU performance is sufficient for all daily tasks, but it is not a gaming solution. In AnTuTu, the chip has up to 40 thousand points, and that means heavy toys will go only on low or medium settings graphic settings.
RAM Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is 3 GB, typed it chips LPDDR3. This is a typical value for a medium level in 2016, so work the unit will be stable. At the start available a little less than 2 GB of RAM, and that is enough to run a dozen programs.
Internal memory smartphone 32 GB, about 25 of them are available under user files. MicroSD slot available, it is combined with the second SIM card slot. The smartphone supports USB OTG.
Battery Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a capacity of 4050 mAh, which for such a screen not very much. Indicators of autonomy of the smartphone can be called average. Games put the battery in 4 hours to watch a movie can be 6-7 hours, but if you only occasionally take the device in hand – you can count on 2 days without recharging. Complete the PSU delivers a current of 2 amperes, with him charging takes up to 2.5 hours.
A distinctive feature of Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is the availability of 2 cameras for 13 MP. We’ve seen more than once (Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, Apple also put 2 of the matrix), but each manufacturer brings something of their own to the realization of their interaction. In the case of Lenovo Phab 2 Plus the second camera is needed to capture photos from a removable focus. The mode “Dual Camera” images you can change the focus by focusing on the foreground or background.
The smartphone’s camera have a resolution of 13 MP, used is unknown (most likely OV) matrix of size 1/3″. Supported phase and laser focus, but the quality of the pictures indoors and the deficit high. Removes phablet on the level of some Meizu M3 or Redmi 3, i.e., good images can be obtained only on the street. The disadvantage of dual mode cameras can be a slow processing of the frame.
In the standard camera app has the ability to play on the big screen augmented reality. Selecting one of the options, the room will appear on the display a dog or a dinosaur, with which you can interact.
The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels, it is equipped with a matrix 1/3,2″ optics with the aperture of f/2,2. It is characterized by a pixel size of 1.4 µm, and by all accounts resembles a Sony IMX179 (or another version of it, like IMX164).Smartphone writes video in FullHD resolution as the primary and front camera.
Display Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a diagonal of 6.4″, it uses IPS LCD panel. The screen resolution is 1920×1080 pixels which gives a PPI of 344. Lovers to consider the pixels it may seem small, but the picture looks smooth and no pixelation. The stock brightness is good, viewing angles are also good.
Smartphone screen is covered in 2.5 D glass, the touchscreen supports up to 10 simultaneous touches. The oleophobic coating is, the quality is quite decent. The fingerprints, but easily wiped off.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is equipped with two slots for cards of Micro and Nano formats. It is designed to work with all current communication standards, in addition to CDMA. The device is sold officially in most countries, so that problems with the operator’s work had not.
Wi-Fi module – dual band, and supports all types of wireless networks. Bluetooth version 4.0 with support for energy-saving profile. Navigation works with GPS satellites and GLONASS. Infrared port and NFC smartphone not, which can not but rejoice.
Speaker of the smartphone is only one, the second mesh at the bottom of the hidden microphone. The sound is good, but only by the standards the performance of the smartphone. At maximum volume the lower frequencies lacking, virtual technology stereo sound Dolby Atmos does not manifest itself. The headphones sound nice, clean, but not very loud. FM radio Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is present.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus comes with the latest Android OS version 6. The system is almost clean (a few settings on the program menu are the same as in the bare Android), only slightly redrawn icons, replaced with the image packs. OS works smartly, special bugs and flaws she had not noticed.
In addition to dual main camera feature is sound recording in standard Dolby 5.1 Audio Capture. How to spell be stereo – it’s unclear (because it needs at least 3 or 4 microphones, spaced), and to evaluate the effectiveness of technology – watch video with stereo 5.1.
The smartphone will appeal to fans of the phablet with a large screen, not make specific requirements. Its capacity is enough for daily needs like communication, web surfing, watching videos and listening to music. Camera though far from ideal, but allows to get good shots. Will not fit Lenovo Phab 2 Plus those who need a powerful iron, and very high photo quality.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is an interesting mid – end smartphone, equipped with a large screen. The review showed that the machine is quite balanced, but not perfect. Its performance meets 2016, but I would like the best (at least MTK Helio P10). Dual camera is an interesting idea, but doubtful: I wish she was one, but of better quality. Battery – well, sort of good, but in almost a centimeter in a case of this size could put the volume a little more.