Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review

Call Quality

Making calls on the Phab 2 Pro is like taking pictures with a tablet

Ergonomically, using the Phab 2 Pro as a phone for voice calls is a disaster. It's just preposterously large, and depending on how you're attempting to hold it, can be especially uncomfortable on your ear. But while the physicality of using the Phab 2 Pro for voice call may not be great, call quality is actually pretty decent, and while callers remarked that they occasionally had trouble hearing us, we could always hear them without a hitch.

Battery Life

A big battery and smart mix of components add up to some decent, if less than stellar battery life

Lenovo's given the Phab 2 Pro a bit 4,050mAh battery, but as we've seen far too often with phablets, big batteries like that are frequently offset by the high power demands of big screens – and they don't get much bigger than the panel on this phone. Luckily, everything seems to balance out reasonably well here, and we don't get battery life that's particularly awful; our custom tests saw the Phab 2 Pro lasting for just over seven hours of screen-on time.

Sure, if you use Tango-enabled apps a lot, you're likely to see that figure dip (as all that sensor hardware no doubt eats up a fair amount of juice), but there's still a solid amount of power to work with here. And even if you do run things down, the phone's fast charger is able to restore things from 0 to 100 in just over an hour-and-a-half.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 7h 3 min (Good)
Xiaomi Mi Max 12h 2 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 100
Xiaomi Mi Max 197


The Phab 2 Pro is a hugely ambitious handset, and while it gives us a one-of-a-kind smartphone experience thanks to its Tango hardware, we just can't shake the feeling that a phone like this isn't quite ready for prime time.

Tango just isn't there, and the software needs to do more, do it quicker, and do it with greatly improved stability before Tango alone becomes a compelling reason to pick up a smartphone. We also need to see big improvements in miniaturizing the Tango hardware package, because the Phab 2 Pro's raw size is going to be deal-breaker for many users.

Still, we have to start somewhere, and it's hard to fault Lenovo for taking the initiative with the first commercial Tango phone. We even approve of many of the hardware decisions made here, giving the Phab 2 Pro some solid processing power while keeping costs in line – and let's face it, it's a lot easier to drop $500 on an experimental concept phone than it is to spend $800 on the same thing.

The next Tango phone could easily be a big improvement over this model, but it might not happen at all had the Phab 2 Pro not blazed that trail first. If you absolutely have to see what Tango can do right now, the Phab 2 Pro is happy to be your ticket of admission. But if you demand a little more refinement from your smartphone features, maybe hold off for the next generation of this technology.


  • Tango is a lot of fun – when it works
  • Big, sharp display is great for apps and media
  • Price is totally reasonable considering the hardware
  • Fast recharge times


  • Unwieldy size
  • Tango still needs a lot of debugging
  • Unclear market: is this supposed to be a daily driver?
  • Aging Marshmallow software
  • Poor notification support

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1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I hate the shared dual sim tray trend..

2. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

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

3. shield

Posts: 824; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

5. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 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.

6. UnbreakableAli

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Why phonearena stopped posting pictures taken by phones in it's full resolution ?
Phab 2 Pro
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4050 mAh(18h talk time)

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