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Lenovo PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus hands-on: These thing are huge!

by Todd Haselton | June 9, 2016June 9, 2016 11:36 am PDT

Lenovo just unveiled three new smartphones including the PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus and PHAB2 Pro. The PHAB2 Pro is the world’s first Project Tango smartphone, so we did a separate hands-on for that, but here you can get a look at the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus. They’ll debut in September for $199 and $299, respectively, which is pretty incredible given what you’ll find inside.

First thing’s first: these smartphones are huge. I’m used to phablets, and I know big phones are really popular in Asia, but these are bigger than what I’m used to. Yet, I love the size. The 6.4-inch screen should be great for movies, and Lenovo is promising that the camera should be really solid, too, so I have high hopes the big screens will be great for showing off photos. Sadly, there isn’t any sort of stylus or anything included, which would have been really useful given all that real-estate.

The phones don’t vary much save for the camera sensors, processors and screens. The PHAB2 Plus features a 13MP Leica camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie cam, while the Phab2 features a 5MP camera up front and a 13MP “augmented reality” camera that can be used to add special effects to images. The PHAB2 Plus has a slightly more powerful MediaTek chip and a 1080p screen, while the PHAB2 has a 720p display. The 1080p screen looked really solid, but you start to see some pixels when you take a glance at the 720p screen on the PHAB2. I’m not sure folks are going to care, though, especially considering it’s incredibly attractive $200 price point.

Take a gander at the PHAB2 Plus in the gallery above and look at the PHAB2 below.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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