Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

Chris Burns - Jun 9, 2016, 1:30 pm CDT
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Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed several devices, including the PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus, and the PHAB2 Pro – the last of these being the first Google Tango consumer-aimed smartphone in the world. The PHAB2 will be the brand’s headliner for low price – at $199 USD, it’ll most certainly be a contender for the mid-tier. The PHAB2 Plus looks very similar to the PHAB2, but comes with a better display and cameras – and it weighs less, too, somehow or another.

The PHAB2 and the PHAB2 Plus are very similar – you’d fairly easily mistake one for the other if you didn’t look closely at the back-facing camera array. The lesser of the two has a single back-facing lens, while the higher-end model has two lenses.

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The difference in looks is also contributed to by the back-facing fingerprint reader on the PHAB2 Plus, as well as the “Aluminum Alloy” material on the Plus, while the PHAB2 remains a bit more conservative.

The display on both devices uses IPS LCD technology, and both are 6.4-inches large diagonally. The Plus model has Full HD (1080p) resolution while the PLUS2 has just 720p resolution.

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While over the past couple of years we’ve gotten used to the name “Plus” as a larger-display-toting version of a standard model of a phone, Lenovo opts to use this term as “more powerful” or just downright “better.”

These devices have the same sensors save a “Battery Manager” on the Plus. The rest includes G-Sensor, P-Sensor, L-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, and vibration.

Both devices have 4050mAh batteries inside, but the “Standby Time” and “Talk Time” are a bit different. This is due to the Plus unit’s Battery Manager – as listed above.

PHAB2
Standby Time: Over 17 Days
Talk Time: 23 Hours
PHAB2 Plus
Standby Time: Over 14 days (target)
Talk Time: 32 Hours (target)

These times come from Lenovo’s official datasheet on either phone – complete with “target” mentions.

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Both devices have dual slots for Micro SIM + Micros SIM or Micro SIM + TF Card. Both models also have 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Internal storage can be expanded by 128GB via a microSD card slot.

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The Camera on the PHAB2 is a 13-MP PDAF Fast-Focus array, while its front-facing camera is a 5-MP camera with 85-degree wide-angle lens. The camera on the Plus is also 13-MP strong, but there’s two separate camera lenses with the following features: Milbeaut ISP, F2.0 Aperture, 1.34μm “Big Pixel” size, Laser Focus and PDAF Light Supplement. The front-facing camera on the Plus is similarly impressive at 8MP with F2.2 aperture, 1.4μm Big Pixel tech and light supplement – though it’s only a fixed focus unit.

The PHAB2 has the ability to include Augmented Reality special effects – not entirely unlike what we’ve seen in the past from devices like the Sony Xperia Z2.

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Both of these devices pale in comparison to the next-level Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, of course, what with its implementation of Google Tango technology. Have a peek at our Lenovo PHAB2 Pro feature to see more of that device.

The Lenovo PHAB2 will be available in September starting at $199 USD. The PHAB2 Plus will begin at $299 USD, also in September. The PHAB2 Pro will be available for $499, also available in September.
All three devices will be available “globally” in September, while the PHAB2 Pro’s USA release will have a special in-store availability through Lowe’s stores throughout the country – and online by the end of the year.

As Lenovo suggests, pricing and availability may vary from country to country.


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