Apart from officially introducing its two newest Motorola modular flagship devices -- the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force, Lenovo also took the opportunity to introduce a family of smartphones under its own branding. As can be gleaned from the name, the new Phab2 devices are a follow up to the Phab and Phab Plus phablets that the Chinese unveiled in September of last year. But it appears that this year, Lenovo’s latest phablets have a few cool things to offer.
First off is the high end Phab2 Pro, which has the distinction of being the first smartphone in the world to be enabled with Project Tango, a fresh new 3D mapping technology developed by the wizards of Google. For those not familiar with this piece of tech, it has the ability to map the immediate surroundings of a mobile user, which basically gives his handset a better idea of where the user is and what interesting places or events are nearby or about to happen.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Phab2 Pro’s are ambitious. The device comes with a 6.4 inch Quad HD IPS display screen, which should give Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra a run for its money. With a metal frame and a thin body, some users may be reminded of Huawei’s phablet offering, the Mate 8.
With regards to hardware specs, the Phab2 Pro is fitted with a four core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip set (boosted with some special Tango hardware). This is further supported with 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and 64 gigabytes of onboard memory. The handset also boasts a gargantuan 4,050 mAh battery and is powered by Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system.
Not content with a high end Phab2 Pro offering, Lenovo is also introducing two other Phab2 devices for those who are looking for a low end variant of the series. Just like the Phab2 Pro, both the Phab2 and the Phab2 Plus come with humongous display screens (each measuring 6.4 inches) and a 4,050 mAh battery. Photography enthusiasts may be delighted to know that the Phab2 Plus comes with a couple of 13 megapixel cameras on both its sides, each coming with f/2.0 lenses (on the Phab2, the 13 megapixel camera is only fitted on a single side).
Some may be wondering what the differences to look for between the two Phab2 devices. Well for starters, the Phab2 has a lower resolution display compared to the Phab2 Plus, and only a four core MediaTek chip and 16 gigabytes of memory. As for the Phab2 Plus, its screen boasts 1,080p resolution, and inside, it packs an octa core MediaTek chip set, supported with 32 gigabytes of built in memory, plus a fingerprint scanner.
The Phab2 Pro is priced at 500 (unlocked), while the Phab2 and the Phab2 Plus are priced at $199 and $299, respectively.
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