Lenovo’s random idea of a tablet-sized smartphone is going to be a reality with the launch of its massive 6.8-inch phablet ‘Lenovo Phab Plus’. If you are ready to take the risk of taking selfies with this device, carry it in your bag always and hold it to your face while making phone calls, you can enjoy the luxury of the punchy color tones provided by the 6.8-inch LCD panel. You can call it absurd, crazy or anything else- the Phab Plus really something different in this category, due to its special features.
Lenovo Phab Plus phablet, even though slim with 7.6 mm thickness, looks and feels just bigger than that you would expect. However, it can be easily kept in your big pocket, though several inches of its top portion are protruding. Lenovo claims that Phab Plus is designed for one-handed use. However, it is difficult to hold in sing-hand, as its smaller keyboard snaps to one corner when we hold it in single hand. But, the company had tried its best to trim off as much of thickness as it can with a 6.8 inch screen phone. Instead of making it wide, the company increases the length of the device. Moreover, it tries to reduce the wasted space by making the bezels slim.
In normal case, using this mega phone in one hand is a difficult task. However, there is a one-handed mode in it that actually works quite well. When you want to use it in one hand, just draw a C on the display. The screen of 6.8 inch will slide down to one corner in a smaller size. You can adjust the size depending on what your needs are.
Lenovo Phab Plus phablet is available in metallic grey and midnight blue colors. The aluminum back gives the device the look and feel of a really big phone or a slim iPad Mini. The sturdy metal chassis, skinny profile and relatively substantial build quality commands attention of everybody. The phablet has power and volume controls placed on the right edge with good response while being pressed. You can see the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top left corner, the microUSB and microphone on the bottom. The speakers are occupied a good chunk of space on the top section of the back. In overall design, Phab Plus looks resembled to the iPhone 6 Plus with the antenna bands on the back and the two screws flanking the micro USB port.
Screen & Display
Lenovo Phab Plus phablet comes with a 6.8-inch LCD panel with a full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and with an acceptable pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. The screen size is suitable for watching video, reading ebooks or articles, drawing and playing games etc, which are the primary purposes of this model according to the company. But, the screen is too big, while using as a phone. People usually prefer a 3.5-inh or maximum 5 inches that can be held legitimately and can be used with one hand. But, it is a little bit difficult in case of Phab Plus.
The 324 ppi pixel density of the phablet enables the users to view sharp details on the screen from a normal distance. But what makes us astonishing is its punchy color tones, which has that polarizing glow to catch our attention. But the drawback of the screen is its weak peak luminance that makes the device unusable outdoors.
Hardware and Performance
While coming to hardware, Lenovo Phab Plus phablet is powered by a 1.5 GHz 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip with 2 GB of RAM. The device comes with 32 GB of onboard storage and you can expand it by 64 GB via the MicroSD card slot. The connectivity options provided by the phablet are 3G, 4G LTE, GRPS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a micro-USB slot. There is also a rear speaker powered by Dolby Atmos in Phab plus. The phablet has nice and responsive interface. The apps are opening quickly and changing between then is happening with a minimum of lag.
The Lenovo Phab Plus phablet has a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with auto focus and LED flash and 5-megapixel front camera sensor with fixed focus. The big screen of the device makes you able to frame selfies much easier.
Lenovo Phab Plus phablet comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, which is more than enough to run the device for plenty of time. But, as the larger screen of the device eats up more energy, it would have been good to increase the battery power. Moreover, the bulky battery may force us for compromise to keep the huge phone manageable. We can see some more capacious batteries in some smartphones with smaller overall body size than Phab Plus.
Merits and Drawbacks
We can’t surely say that Lenovo Phab Plus is a completely confortable or practical phone. While you enjoy the advantages of big screen, you may have to suffer the difficulty to hold in single hand. Besides the premium built quality and massive screen, the device has solid mid-range specs. At the same time, as the name (Phab Plus) indicates, the size is slightly larger than that of a normal phablet that makes discomfort for regular use.
Lenovo Phab Plus phablet is a whole lot of phone that is worth for $300. Even though the price is declared in dollar, the device is available only in China as of now. The package, along with the phablet contains a wall charger and a microUSB cable. You may feel Phab Plus as a giant smartphone or a min tablet, depending on your point of view. But it is sure that the device will definitely be the pulse of the market with its unusual screen size itself. To conclude, Lenovo Phab Plus Phablet is the best option for those who are searching for a new smartphone. The model with gorgeous 6.8 Inch HD display, lots of connectivity options like voice calling and wi-fi, quality camera and excellent battery life is definitely value for your money.