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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 6.5

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Tango does amazing things with 3D, but will its cameras deliver with quality 2D shots?

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review

Although most of the Phab 2 Pro's scanning expertise concerns the 3D world, the phone's also more than happy to do some basic 2D photo-taking. The main shooter is a 16MP camera, and while it's joined by a depth camera and an ultra-wide-angle camera on the Phab 2 Pro's back, there's seemingly no way to involve those latter components in standard photography. Up front, we find an 8MP selfie cam.

Image quality

Images taken with the Phab 2 Pro look nice and bright, especially when shot in HDR mode, and colors also appear pretty decent – if occasionally a little dialed-down. If there's one particularly weak point, we found that pictures struggled with sharp focus, though our results were generally in the “good enough” range, especially if you're not viewing them at 100% zoom.

The front-facer also puts up a solid showing, but it's more in the “serviceable” class of selfie cams, rather than a leader.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 2.1
Xiaomi Mi Max 1.8
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Video recording

Sadly for a phone with all this imaging hardware, video capture isn't too impressive. For one, it's severely limited in terms of resolution, and the max-res 1080p mode doesn't even produce footage that takes full advantage of the phone's quad-HD screen.

Video footage is also often drab-looking, re-focusing produces distracting over-shoots, and maybe most concerning of all, our test footage produced audio plagued by a constant clicking noise. Lenovo tells us this isn't typical, but we'd recommend keeping your eyes (or ears, rather) our for it if you plan on picking up a Phab 2 Pro of your own.


Nothing too impressive in the audio department, but no big mistakes, either

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review

While we wish the Phab 2 Pro's screen did a better job with color accuracy, big and high-res go a long way on their own, and add up to make the phone a generally enjoyable one on which to watch video. The handset's speaker puts out some satisfying tones, and while its bottom-edge placement isn't ideal, audio quality is acceptable, if lacking a bit in serious bass response.

The Phab 2 Pro comes with a pair of JBL earbuds that feel a lot better than they sound. Their comfortable design is a plus, since they don't come with any alternate tips or anything, but audio quality can be somewhat muddled. They're fine in a pinch, but nothing particularly special.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 0.352
Xiaomi Mi Max 0.97
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 74.9
Xiaomi Mi Max 74
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posted on 02 Dec 2016, 09:09 1

1. antmiu2 (Posts: 368; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

I hate the shared dual sim tray trend..

posted on 02 Dec 2016, 18:31

2. TrackPhoneUser (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)

Wouldn't a Tango Tablet be better for in-store use?

posted on 03 Dec 2016, 05:58

3. shield (Posts: 489; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


posted on 05 Dec 2016, 11:36

5. isprobi (Posts: 696; Member since: 30 May 2011)

I have had this phone for a couple of weeks. It is well built and the large screen is nice and bright. Since the screen is bright I can run it at 50% most of the time which leads to easily making it through a day of 3+ hours streaming news video, Facebook, Bluetooth and wi-fi always on without charging from 7 AM to Midnight. The speakers are nice and loud and even capable of playing music for casual listening with Dolby turned on. The only negatives so far are not a great camera especially in low light, no NFC and the extra sensors for Tango lead to a lower position of the fingerprint sensor that is not naturally where your finger would land. Performance is very good with no noticeable lag after weeks of use.

posted on 06 Dec 2016, 09:58

6. UnbreakableAli (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

Why phonearena stopped posting pictures taken by phones in it's full resolution ?

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Display6.4 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (459 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42 inches
(179.83 x 88.57 x 10.7 mm)
9.14 oz  (259 g)
Battery4050 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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