Lenovo is one of the top smartphone sellers in India and also claims to be the leader when it comes to the online market. While the company did have a great 2016, it is ending the year by launching its new Phab2 series in the country.

In my first impressions of the giant smartphone, I had suggested that the only smartphone that gives competition to the Phab2 is the Xiaomi Mi Max. So here is a more in depth review of the Phab2 to see if it is better than its Chinese rival’s phablet offering.

Build and Design: 7 / 10

Lenovo’s smartphone division has grown up and has learned that build quality matters. Their budget offerings in K-series have all proved to be quite sturdy and well built. The Phab2 Plus gets a similar treatment. It comes with a metal unibody on the back and glass on the front which slightly curves out around the edges, which is always a nice touch. It feels very solid and didn’t show any sign of bending even when I carried it my front jeans pocket. That is of course, if  it fits your pocket. It feels huge.

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Now I won’t say that the bezels and the area above and below the display are slim. But it is clearly visible that the company has tried its best. Using it with one hand is really difficult, even if you have large hands. I tried using it with one hand but almost every time my palm would touch the screen before my fingers. It could get frustrating. It feels as if the finger taps are not registering. In short, you need to use two hands most of the time.

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Other than that, I was quite satisfied with the overall design and build quality. Lenovo has also thrown in chamfered edges around the metal edges.

Phab2 Plus is a massive phone and despite Lenovo trying its best to minimise the footprint with thin bezels and no excess space above and below the display, it still requires two hands to operate. There is a one-handed mode but that only lets you shift the lockscreen’s numeric PIN keypad and the dial pad to one corner for better reach, rather than shrinking the entire screen.

Diving into the other elements, the volume and power buttons are on the right which are a bit flat but feel solid. On the top is the 3.5mm audio jack, the SIM card/microSD card tray is on the left, and at the bottom is the microUSB port flanked by two grills, although only the right one actually has the speaker and is not a stereo setup. Shame.

At the back is the dual-camera setup along with the dual LED flash and sensors. The whole camera assembly bulges out a bit so it can get scratched easily. Below that sits the fingerprint scanner which is easily accessible and works promptly.

Features: 7 / 10

The Phab2 Plus features a very similar package as the Mi Max. There is a 6.4-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. an octa-core Mediatek MT8783 clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable and can accept cards of up to 256GB in capacity using the hybrid (micro-SIM/nano-SIM+microSD card) SIM slot. There is a fingerprint scanner as well as Dolby Atmos audio technology for enhanced sound experience.

The smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup where both offer 13MP resolution with f/2.0 aperture, a dual tone LED flash, while on the front there is an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. As for connectivity there is 4G with VoLTE support,  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/A-GPS, a microUSB port and FM Radio.

Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the smartphone gets its juice from a 4,050mAh battery.

Display: 7.5 / 10

Now putting a large display means that it will gather a lot of attention. It is a 6.4-inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD resolution, which translates to 344ppi of pixel density. It looks crisp and honestly I think a 1080p resolution on a 7 or even a 10-inch display is quite good, but that’s just my belief. Lenovo claims the large size makes it great for media consumption. But does it get it right?

Well I was satisfied with the brightness and the Phab2 Plus did fairly good under the sunlight. I didn’t find any issues when looking at it from varied angles, there was no colour shift. Colour reproduction is great and even the touch response was in tune, well apart from the time when I used the handset with just one hand.

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Lenovo offers an option to control the colour temperature and the saturation of the display under its settings. This enables you to have a cooler or warmer tone on the display as well as increase the saturation to make colours pop out.

Publish date: December 12, 2016 12:00 pm| Modified date: December 12, 2016 12:04 pm

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