Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

Having announced it at its Tech World conference back in June this year, Lenovo has finally brought the Phab 2 Plus to India. Bearing a price tag of Rs 14,999, the phablet-class smartphone is available exclusively on Amazon. We went hands-on with the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus for a little while, and here are our first impressions.

Design
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has an all-metal body and comes in two colour variants – Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey. But even with a big display and sizeable battery inside, the phablet feels surprisingly thin and lightweight. While the SIM tray is located on the right side, the volume rocker and power button are on the left.The top of the display has an 8MP front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor, with three capacitive navigation keys being at the bottom. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a dual-camera setup at the back, with a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera modules.

Display
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus features a 6.4 inch Full HD IPS display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution. During our limited time with the device, the display appeared quite sharp. Colours are vibrant and viewing angles are decent as well.

Hardware & Software
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK8783 chipset, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phablet has a 4,050mAh battery as well. In our time with the device, it worked pretty good overall. However, we’ll only be able to talk about in more detail once review the device.The Phab 2 Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Lenovo’s custom Vibe UI layer running on top. There’s an app drawer so the homescreen doesn’t look cluttered. The phone also comes with some pre-installed apps like McAfee Security, Netflix and SwiftKey.

Camera
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a dual-camera setup with two 13MP modules. The phone also supports augmented reality (AR) functions. An 8MP front-facing camera is also included.During our limited usage, the rear camera seemed to perform appreciably well. It has a fast focus but the images look a little washed. That said, we think that low light performance could’ve been a little better.
The augmented reality functionality of the Phab 2 Plus seems to be quite impressive, but we’ll need to test it out further to give our final verdict.

What we think
The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus definitely seems to be a well-rounded contender in the budget smartphone segment. It looks good and has features such as fingerprint sensor, dual-camera setup and augmented reality support, all at an affordable price of Rs 14,999. But how well the Phab 2 Plus performs in real-world usage is something we’ll only be able to tell after we review the phablet in detail. So stay tuned.