Lenovo has officially launched their appropriately named “PHAB 2” family of phablets, which consists of three different models for you to choose from, the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and, the worlds-first Tango-ready Phab 2 Pro. With the trio expected to launch next month, let’s break down all three to see what the differences are between them.
For the most part, the three phablets all share the same fundamental design language, as seen in a YouTube video by The Verge. The trio has plenty of real estate to bridge the gap between 7-inch tablets and the average sized flagship, as each model showcases a big, beautiful 6.4-inch screen.
The main design difference in all three devices comes down to the build materials. As you might expect from an entry-level phablet, the Phab 2 has a mostly plastic body and does not feature a fingerprint sensor.
Moving up a level to the Phab 2 Plus will swap out some of that plastic for aluminum alloy while adding a fingerprint sensor to the mix. You also gain a boost in resolution, moving it from 720 to 1080 (~229dpi vs. ~344dpi). If you strive for the absolute best, opting for the Phab 2 Pro will give you a full metal jacket with a unibody design and Quad HD display.
With the intelligent Assertive Display, the Pro will be able to optimize image quality based on ambient lighting and content. At approximately 459 DPI, that places the Phab 2 Pro resolution squarely between the 5.7-inch Mi Note Pro by Xiaonmi and the 6.6-inch Huawei Honor Note 8.
The Phab 2 Pro also looks slightly different around back, sporting some very special tech that makes it the world’s first consumer phone to be Tango-ready. Aside from the 16 MP main shooter, it features a fisheye camera lens and IR emitter, making it capable of rendering augmented reality (AR) in real time.
As for the other two phablets in the family, they get fitted with 13 MP cameras featuring phase detection auto-focus. The Plus model gets an upgraded f/2.0 lens, laser auto-focus assist, and dual-camera configuration for bokeh effects. Up front, the Plus and Pro feature an 8 MP secondary camera while the base model only gets a 5 MP selfie snapper.
As you can probably guess, each Phab 2 phablet features its own approach to processing hardware. The entry-level Phab 2 is fitted with a quad-core MediaTek 8735 with 3GB of RAM, with the Plus model getting a small upgrade in the form of a MediaTek 8783 chip. Opting for the Phab 2 Pro will earn you a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (Tango Edition) coupled with an extra gig of RAM (4GB).
Internal storage options for the family include 32GB for the Phab 2/Plus and 64GB for the Pro, with everyone getting expandable storage via microSD card slots. If you are in the market for peak performance, going with the Phab 2 Pro is a no brainer thanks to the Tango-optimized Snappy 652. On the flip side, budget conscious readers should expect relatively decent performance out of the remaining options for basic everyday mobile computing.
All three Phab 2 devices are running Lenovo’s custom skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the front-page headline here is how the Phab 2 Pro will be the world’s first Tango-ready device. The new technology platform from Google allows developers to create experiences that incorporate things like indoor navigation, 3D mapping, and augmented reality.
Lenovo announced the Lenovo Phab 2 at its official Tech World event in San Francisco in June, earlier this summer. With no firm release date yet available, all three phablets are expected to drop globally sometime this month. They’re all priced aggressively, going up the line at $199, $299, and $499.