Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review
Project Tango is a Google project innovative, powerful and endless possibilities. Knows for example Qualcomm that silently is preparing a world where augmented reality will be mistress. In all those who have taken the trouble to do the first smartphone with this technology was Lenovo with its Phab 2 Pro. Find out in his full review. The dense pack of Phab 2 Pro contains within it a feeder for quick charging 12V/2A, a microUSB to USB cable and a set of stereo headphones.
Phab 2 Pro is a huge smartphone and this is indisputable. Phab 2 Pro is often (10.7 mm) and very heavy (259 grams). It is difficult to be lifted off the table with one hand (unless your not very large) and in everyday this creates many hook. Not enter into the pockets of your jeans and in summer it will be a problem unless you have some kind of bag/purse with you. The physical buttons on the right side are not easy to reach and also the location of the fingerprint reader on the back is less than optimal. Often you go to touch the lens of the camera instead of the sensor for fingerprints. The smartphone is still made of metal and conveys a good quality feel.
Aboard this Phab 2 Pro is a 1.8 GHz processor Snapdragon 652 octa core modified in order to provide adequate performance for Project Tango. We then well 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal memory expandable via microSD. This microSD occupies the second slot for the SIM. Good connectivity: LTE 300 Mbps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth dual-band ac 4.0. Missing unfortunately the NFC chip, whereas is in place the GPS, the notification led and also FM radio.
Good audio offered by the speaker under thanks to Dolby equalization. Finally, we must not forget that this is the first commercial device to have the hardware necessary to use Project Tango and all compatible applications. This means that this smartphone Lenovo can understand the environment around us and also remember for an interaction unimaginable until recently.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has well infrared cameras and 3 an issuer, in addition to two dual led flash shades. I’m a though is the real camera for taking photos, while others are detectors designed specifically for Project Tango. From the mere photographic point of view this smartphone fails in surprise and it’s really a shame, considering it a better camera and perhaps brighter would have made the experience of some apps that are actively using the camera more immersive. The shots that you will be able to achieve thanks to 16 megapixel camera are adequate but not much more. The HDR is slow in taking (but quite effective) and the side menu for activation is very inaccurate: press the options usually will result in focusing on the edge of the photo. The 8-megapixel front camera and Full HD videos from the main camera. The screen is a whopping 6.4 inch IPS 2560 x 1440 resolution QHD, which is pixel. The picture quality is good and the color balance is also good. It is not perhaps the best display with this resolution seen in circulation, but it is still more than adequate for the type of product. Even the viewing angles are more than discreet. Automatic brightness works fairly accurately.
The Android version used by Lenovo in this smartphone is the 6.0.1 Marshmallow with minimal customization, mainly aesthetic, the Chinese company. Among these unfortunately do not find hand mode, probably hard to use long given the weight of the phone, but also on the company’s economic super-Smartphones (like G4 motorcycle Play). There is a slightly redesigned notifications and a tent dedicated to gesture.
We then find Google Tango app preinstalled. At the time, although the phone is officially sold in Italy, there is some legwork regarding service updates that are not detected and some third-party apps not enabled to download, but you will need a long time to work around these issues (and hopefully Google or Lenovo solve very soon). There are almost 40 app compatible with Tango. The most useful ones are definitely those related to home furnishing or measurement, while many others are more or less simple games using augmented reality.
The experience with the app with Tango is very different from what we’ve seen so far with augmented reality apps. No jitters, perfect space recognition and above all “memory” of the placement of objects or the environment. It’s not perfect, there are still improvements and space beyond 5 metres is not perceived. It’s still a start pushy and promising.
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – EMEA|
|HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – USA|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) – ЕМЕА|
|LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 30(2300) – USA|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-А (2CA) Cat7 300/100 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2016, November|
|Body||Dimensions||179.8 x 88.6 x 10.7 mm (7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42 in)|
|Weight||259 g (9.14 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.4 inches (~70.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~459 ppi pixel density)|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||16 MP, phase detection autofocus, depth & motion tracking sensors|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Dolby Atmos audio enhancement / Dolby Audio Capture 5.1
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Project Tango
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge)
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery|
|Misc||Colors||Gunmetal Grey, Champagne Gold|
|Tests||Performance||Basemark OS II: 1623 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1596
Basemark X: 15210
|Display||Contrast ratio: 1784:1|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 64dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 81dB|
|Audio quality||Noise – 92.2 / Crosstalk – 63.5|
Endurance rating 96h
Phab 2 Pro has a battery from 4050 mAh. Enough for a medium-intense day, but will not survive to stress or prolonged usage of apps that use Project Tango or the camera. There is support to Quick Charge offering a very rapid charging. Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is available in Italy at € 499, a very attractive price for a smartphone is the first of its kind and that it can be revolutionary for a certain category of professionals.