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Lenovo Phab Plus: Best and Worst Features of Lenovo's Latest Phablet
In case the recently launched 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note5 was too small for you, then Chinese OEM Lenovo has something that may entice you. The company just launched a device with 6.8 inch display at the IFA, Berlin. And guess what, they are calling it the Phab Plus.
The Phab Plus is an adept name for a device as big as this. Just a few years back a 7 inch device was considered a tablet, but now due to reduction in unnecessary bezels, mobile OEMs are fitting such large screens in pretty small form factors.
Nevertheless here are the top 5 best and worst features that sets the Lenovo Phab Plus apart.
Metal Unibody Design with 7.6mm slim profile
The Lenovo Phab Plus comes with a metal unibody frame. Despite sporting a 3500mAh battery, Lenovo has succeeded to keep this device fairly slim at 7.66 mm. The 13MP camera also sits flush on the back of the phablet.
Gigantic 6.8 inch Full HD display
Yes, you read it right! The Lenovo Phab Plus sports a gigantic 6.8 inch Full HD (1920x1080) display which sounds rather large for a smartphone (at least on paper).
Apparently a year back, a device sporting a 7 inch display was referred to as a tablet. However much has changed in the past 12 months as mobile manufacturers have greatly reduced the bezels to accommodate larger display in a smaller device footprint.
Large 3500mAh battery
Lenovo has been quite generous with the battery inside the Phab Plus by bundling in a 3500mAh Li-Poly unit. You can expect the battery to easily last through a day of medium to heavy usage.
64GB of Internal Storage is a boon
Are you frustrated with devices which are only available in 16 or 32GB storage variants? Then, Phab Plus will surely interest you. Basically Lenovo has introduced the Phab Plus only with the 64GB storage variant, thereby stripping the 16GB and 32GB versions.
Runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1
Lollipop may not be the latest iteration of Android around, but how many devices runs on Android Marshmallow any way (as of now)? However you can expect Lenovo Phab Plus to receive a Marshmallow update in the recent past.
Mediatek 6752 would have fared better than the Snapdragon 615
As you may be aware, the Snapdragon 615 SoC is known worldwide for all sorts of wrong reasons. The reasons primarily include heating and throttling issues. On the other hand the 1.7GHz octa core SoC from Mediatek despite being the fastest among the two is one of the coldest octa core chips around.
For record the Snapdragon 615 with a Full HD display scores somewhere around 32,000 whereas as the Mediatek pips the scale at 46,000.
2GB of RAM is modest at best
At a price of Rs 20,990 the 2GB RAM inside the Lenovo Phab Plus isn't quite adequate. In fact you can buy a 4GB RAM variant of the Asus Zenfone 2 at Rs 3,000 less. Nevertheless the 2GB RAM would be sufficient for average multitasking.
Priced much higher than competition
Lenovo has priced their so called phablet quite higher than the competition. Rather you should skip the Lenovo Phab Plus if you aren't on lookout for a device of gigantic proportions. At Rs 20,990 the Lenovo Phab Plus falls in direct competition with the OnePlus One, Xiaomi Mi4 and Infocus M812. Apparently all three alternatives are far superior to the Phab Plus in terms of performance.
VIBE UI isn’t as per everyone’s liking
Being a Lenovo device, the Phab Plus runs on the company's own VIBE UI. The UI is rather basic and misses out on an app drawer (just like other UIs originating from China). However the animations are much less than the ones seen in MIUI7.
In spite of being lighter than the MIUI 7, the VIBE UI is still pretty laggy with little customization options.
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