this year, lenovo fab 2 plus to the company fab 2 And fab 2 pro at the company’s Tech World event launch was done. So far only the Fab Plus variant has been launched in India and it is an upgraded variant of the Fab Plus. The biggest feature of this phone is the dual rear camera setup given in this phone. Lenovo Fab 2 Plus smartphone priced at Rs 14,999 from Xiaomi me max ,review) will hit. Mi Max is the only smartphone in this segment with a similar feature.
But Mi Max smartphone is out of stock almost everywhere. So has Lenovo introduced an alternative for this smartphone? Know in the review.
lenovo fab 2 plus design and build
This Lenovo phone is made of metal unibody and has been given curved Gorilla Glass on the front. The Fab 2 Plus is a great smartphone. Lenovo has tried its best to reduce its size by giving thinner bezels and due to this there is no empty space at the bottom and top of the display. But still both hands are needed to use the phone. The phone has a one-handed mode but for better access, the numeric PIN keypad and dialpad of the lockscreen can be shifted. But the whole screen doesn’t shrink.
The phone has a 6.4-inch Full HD IPS panel and the screen density is 344 ppi. The text on the display looks sharp and the icons are clearly visible on all four sides. Color reproduction is excellent and the Lenovo Fab 2 Plus can be read clearly even in sunlight. However, sometimes the ambient light sensor works very slowly. Touch response is also sometimes low.
The Fab 2 Plus gets backlit capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom while a notification LED is on the top. On the left side there is a hybrid SIM tray that means you will get support for two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card. The volume and power buttons are easily accessible and are given on the right side. There is a mono speaker with a micro-USB port at the bottom while there is a headphone jack on the top.
The rear of the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is slightly curved, which makes it easy to fit in the palm. There is a dual camera and fingerprint sensor on the rear. The fingerprint sensor works well and unlocks the phone fast. We never had any issues with fingerprints. However, it can only be used to unlock the phone and not to unlock apps and folders. The Fab 2 Plus comes with a 10W charger, data cable, SIM ejector, directions manual and JBL earphones. The quality of the included accessory is good, however, we found the length of the included cable to be short.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a great build. The design is a bit simple but the oddest one is its size and weight. Carrying a weight of 218 grams in your pocket everyday is quite inconvenient. Due to the size of the phone, it is a bit difficult to use. But if you keep the phone in a handbag or backpack then this is not a problem. But carrying the Fab 2 Plus in the trouser pocket almost always seems to be a problem.
Lenovo Fab 2 Plus Specs & Features
Coming to the specifications, the Fab 2 Plus has everything one would expect from a smartphone in this segment. This phone has an octa-core MediaTek processor (MT8783), 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It is worth noting that this is not a very well known processor. Moreover, it is not much different from other MediaTek chips due to its eight ARM Cortex-A53 and 28nm fabrication process.
Other specifications of the phone include Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, FM radio, GPS, and USB OTG. Apart from supporting 4G for all Indian bands, the phone is also equipped with VoLTE. Android Marshmallow based custom interface has been given in the phone.
The Settings app has a Smart Assist feature that offers controls like one-handed mode and auto answering of calls. Smart Shortcuts provides a floating menu to which app shortcuts can be added. This Lenovo phone comes pre-loaded with apps like McAfee Security, Netflix and SwiftKey. Apart from this, like Lenovo laptops, there are also apps like Sharekit, Syncit, which get different cloud services at one place.
lenovo fab 2 plus performance
The general performance is good due to the near-stock Android version but as soon as switching apps, AR feature of the camera or anything CPU related starts working, the performance starts getting messy. We noticed problems with the shutter while using the camera and multitasking. Apart from this, Lenovo Fab 2 Plus starts heating up on video playback, camera use or talking for a long time. This warmth can be felt near the buttons and headphone jack on the sides and on the rear.
The benchmark makes the situation clearer. Due to the weak graphics performance in the phone, the full HD gaming experience is not good. Overall, this processor is weaker than the Snapdragon 620 offered in a smartphone of this price. A better processor was to be given in Lenovo Fab 2 Plus.
Lenovo is telling Dolby Atmos audio given in the phone as the biggest feature of this smartphone. With an app, the sound profile can be customized according to the different types of media in the phone. Atmos is 360-degree sound which is not possible with a single speaker. However, the speaker of this phone is much louder than a smartphone with a single speaker and the sound is much better for games and other media. The audio of the included JBL earphones is not very good. Videos play well in the Fab 2 Plus and it can also play 1080p videos with ease.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel camera sensor with laser auto focus and phase detection auto focus. The secondary camera is used for depth but we did not feel that it made any difference to the quality of the pictures. We tried to take clear and clear pictures with the help of both the lenses but we did not see any difference. We recommend you use HDR mode for landscape photos in daylight. And without it the pictures look quite dull. The Fab 2 Plus offers good detailing in distant objects, but macro shots are much better.
The camera focuses fast and autofocus works well even with videos. We did like the tap-to-focus feature though. Once the phone starts to heat up, the focus speed slows down and the app starts messing up.
Focus manipulation doesn’t work well. It also has an AR mode that lets you add cats, dogs and other virtual elements to a picture. However, this feature is not new and Sony has been providing it in its Xperia smartphones for years.
A maximum of 100 pixels of video recording can be done from the phone. But the Fab 2 Plus also has the option of HDR recording. We tested it on an HDRTV and saw that there is a slight difference in it and which is clearly visible. Video is recorded by default to Dolby 5.1 audio. The sound recorded is crisp due to three microphones. The front 8 megapixels capture good selfies in daylight but can’t take very good pictures in artificial light while the front flash also helps a lot.
The phone’s battery lasted for 6 hours and 19 minutes in our HD video loop test. Our review unit lasted only 13 hours during normal use. However, when we reset the device and tested it again, we got up to 8 hours of video playback and about 16-18 hours of normal usage. The 4050 mAh battery gives average battery life. We noticed that the battery capacity remains good when the phone is not used at night, but it starts depleting rapidly while using the camera or playing games. The battery comes with fast charging but it takes more than 2 hours to charge the phone with a 10W charger.
The Fab 2 Plus is a good phone, with a big screen for great media viewing. But in our view, due to some poor choice, this phone becomes a little different from Xiaomi’s Mi Max smartphone.
The phone’s build, display, software audio quality is good. Dual camera setup doesn’t seem to be required and other features don’t look very good either. But the pictures taken with the camera are not too bad, especially the macro shots. Apart from this, we also liked HDR video recording in the phone. But such a phone should have a decent processor and Lenovo has given a weak processor for augmented reality apps, graphics games and multitasking. The Fab 2 Plus heats up very quickly which is quite strange. We expected to get a long battery life in the phone but the battery life in our test was average.
We recommend that only those users should buy this heavy weight phone which consumes a lot of data. Otherwise, Xiaomi Mi Max is a better option due to its thinner and better battery life. If you don’t want a big screen and just need a good all-rounder phone moto g4 plus ,review) And lenovo zook z1 ,review) There are much better options in this segment.