Introduced in late August, review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus surprised first screen sizes, large even for review define phablet – 6.8″, without two-tenths of a conventional seven-inch tablet with a “dialer”. Can he still surprise with something? Let’s deal.
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus: Equipment
Lenovo PHAB Plus comes in a relatively small box made of cardboard white and turquoise colors, which you can see thumbnail review define phablet and, on the reverse side – brief specifications.
Inside you can find himself review define phablet, power supply, cable USB-microUSB, a paper clip to eject the tray SIM-cards and a brief guide to getting started with the device. The headset is not included.
Lenovo PHAB Plus: Design and usability
The front device looks more like a giant smartphone than a small tablet – the front panel is entirely covered with a protective glass off it completely black, the screen is difficult to see the boundaries. Actually screen takes about 71% of the front panel, so that the framework around it are relatively wide, like a smartphone, but too narrow, when viewed as a substitute for the tablet device. If it is assumed with the semicircular edge, further increasing the size of the device, the dimensions of frames are as follows: 12 mm at the top, 19 mm – 6 mm and the bottom – on the sides.
Below the display is only the onscreen keys (there is not even a company logo), are located over him notch speaker and camera lens.
Most of the body Lenovo PHAB Plus is made of aluminum, which pleasantly cools the hand (but in the cold season pleasant sensations can diminish). And if the front we see a design usual average of Android-smartphone without any individual differences, then behind its design reminiscent device one apple company – the same rounded edges, graphite gray metal and dark gray lines on the top and bottom (though the top part of it is almost completely concealed speakers Dolby Atmos).
On the left side, the edge is the tray for two SIM-card on the right hand (the thumb) – a power button, and on it, the volume rocker. The headset jack is located on the upper side, on the bottom – microUSB port and a microphone.
Build quality is very good, there is a monolithic unit “bar” and no creaks under moderate torques / flexion. Physical buttons perfectly palpable and easy, with a distinct way, pressed.
As mentioned above, even by the standards of this category of mobile devices is review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus if you do not “overgrown”, then at least one of the largest of its representatives. Its dimensions are such that with one hand to hold the device with your fingers wrapped around the body, it will be convenient only for people with large hands. For its size review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus more compact tablet than a smartphone, so you can work with it, or put the device in the palm of the screen and clicking on the fingers of the other hand, if any, holding it with both hands at once.
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus: Display
The review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus uses IPS-screen diagonal of 6.8 inches with a resolution of 1080h1920 pixels – someone may seem “a little” FullHD on a diagonal (although it must be admitted that distinguish the individual dots on this screen, with pixel density 324 PPI, can only a man with a very sharp vision) who, on the contrary, be pleased that this screen does not consume “excess” energy and does not impose excessive demands “iron” in three-dimensional games.
Measurements have shown that the minimum brightness of the screen is 5 cd / m², the maximum – 263 in all, it’s pretty small for a mobile device that will be used, including direct sunlight. Contrast ratio was 900: 1, this is a good indicator for both IPS-screen.
Tests show a sufficiently large color gamut, and really, color saturation review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus even subjectively perceived closer to the AMOLED-devices than IPS. This screen is very good viewing angles, but with a large deviation in traditional IPS-matrix, on a black background appears faint silvery glow, because of what reduces contrast and image “turn gray”.
Review define phablet Lenovo: Hardware Platform
At the heart of review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus is a system-on-chip Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615. This eight-platform, which uses energy-efficient 4 core Cortex-A53, working at a frequency of 1.1 GHz, and 4 more productive, with a frequency of 1.5 GHz. For video processing meets the Adreno 405. The amount of RAM – 2 GB built-in – 32 (of which 24.5 GB user available), there is a slot for memory cards. Communications capabilities are supported all common communication standards (except CDMA), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.1 b / g / n / ac. Support NFC, unfortunately, no.
Snapdragon 615 – mid-level system, so the results in the benchmarks are quite expected – the device is not breaking records and are unable to compete with the leader, but not “lagging behind” with very low-cost models. System performance is enough for most games, although very much “heavy” frames per second are not too much – for example, in the World of Tanks Blitz high-level graphics Lenovo PHAB Plus gave frame rate at the level of 15-22 fps.
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus: Calls, multimedia
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus supports two SIM-cards – can be used as a Micro SIM, and Nano SIM; instead of one of the “SIM”, you can install memory cards microSD.
Volume ring dynamics is high enough at the highest level there are no rattles, it sounds pretty good, although some special depth is not felt. The earpiece also has a good margin of volume, but voices sound somewhat flat – it also lacks surround sound. But the vibration this device is rather weak, and the chance to miss a call in silent mode is quite real.
Review define phablet equipped with technology to support Dolby Atmos – which, in this case, is shown in the company’s application Dolby, “improve” sound and offers several pre-designed templates for music, movies, games, etc. On the dynamics of the inclusion of Dolby Atmos passes almost unnoticed – but in direct comparison is possible to notice a little more volume and a slight increase in the bass. The headphones have a significant difference, and movies are really starting to sound more volume and saturation. For music, however, we would recommend this option with caution – if you are using a high-quality headphones, and not the cheap headset, or even encouraged to refrain from its inclusion.
Review define phablet: The operating system and shell
Review define phablet running Android 5.0.2 with an interface that looks almost like a standard Lollipop.
The most important “finalizing” became tools for easy management with one hand: so, review defines phablet Lenovo added a “micro-display” that can be activated by drawing on the screen semicircle – then the desktop is reduced in size and shifted to the right or left, depending on of in which direction the unit is tilted. There are 3 different versions of the micro-display (approximately 5, 5.3 and 5.7 inches) and 3 positions on the edge of the screen (bottom, middle and top).
There is also a “smart menu” caused by pressing the flea circle to the right of the screen (default is next to the power button, but you can drag it along the edge of the screen in any convenient place). It can include up to seven different labels (chosen from a list), plus the bottom of the application displays the last four. The size and transparency of the call button smart menu sets, plus you can turn on the notification bar.
Pre-installed applications in review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus a little bit. This is cited Dolby, ubiquitous antivirus McAffee Mobile Security, an application to transfer files SHAREit and utility backup local contacts SYNCit HD. Curiously, despite the obvious multimedia orientation of the device manufacturer has supplied review define phablet only modest audio player with the austere design and minimal functionality (although support FLAC format it is still available), and practically left without the user video player – “out of the box” Lenovo PHAB Plus can play videos only with the application “Gallery”, where any playback settings are simply not available (as well as support for the AC-3 audio codec).
So the first thing the owner review define phablet probably go to Google Play for a more functional alternatives.
Lenovo PHAB Plus: Opening times
The review defines phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus has a removable battery with 3500 mAh – it is not so much as for the device with the screen, so the average results in the benchmark do not cause surprise. We would say that the average load, the user can expect to work during the day and a half – but, of course, this figure will vary depending on what each individual person understands by “average load”.
Review Lenovo PHAB Plus: Cameras
The main 13-megapixel camera lets you take pictures at resolutions up to 4128 × 3096 pixels, has autofocus and LED flash. In front camera resolution modest – “only” 5 megapixels.
Camera application review defines phablet offers plenty of rich customization capabilities – from the shooting mode (landscape, sports, flowers, against the light, twilight, etc.) to several versions of the image (night mode, HDR, panorama, improve the text, “trajectory”). In addition, the application settings, you can find options such as selection of ISO, exposure compensation, white balance presets more, noise reduction, face detection, image stabilization (below the mean waiting time at which the picture is in the frame will be fixed).
The picture quality of the main chamber at review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus is mediocre – it is clearly not enough detail (even received in almost ideal conditions and with sufficient illumination), focusing on a regular basis “smears” and the white balance may occasionally make mistakes and do the picture somewhat chilly.
Shooting in HDR mode takes about 7-8 seconds, the result varies greatly depending on the scene, but in most cases results in a very faded frame, although sometimes can improve the picture. In general, contact the HDR mode in the review define phablet we would recommend only if you can not get acceptable quality as usual and certainly not use it as the primary method of shooting.
The picture from the front camera more than acceptable for video calls, but the quality of self-using it is difficult to obtain.
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus: Results
Review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus makes a good impression at the expense of the metal housing, the build quality and great FullHD-screen with bright, vivid colors. Due to the diagonal of almost 7 inches it’s great for watching movies, and system performance, while not allowing it to compete with the top-end devices, it is sufficient for everyday tasks, and the vast majority of modern games. Technology Dolby Atmos, though almost imperceptible to the internal speakers, headphones really makes movies sound more three-dimensional and rich.
If we talk about the shortcomings, it should specify the lower screen brightness to the maximum level, which will cause problems when using the device in direct sunlight, and the mediocre quality of the images. However, at a suggested price of 350$. And the above advantages, these defects can be tolerated.
As a complete replacement review define phablet Lenovo PHAB Plus looks pretty controversial – yet when such dimensions easy to use it as a “dialer” is very doubtful; and if the question is “tablet ear” is easily solved by using a headset, the ease of wearing clothes is very doubtful – review define phablet not fits into every pocket and jeans posting trivial discomfort when walking. However, the same is true for the entire category of such devices, and any special claims against Lenovo PHAB Plus are present in the plan difficult.