The Chinese Lenovo has just launched the Lenovo Phab, which is a phablet or maybe a tablet we are still confused. The company claims “Phablet + Tablet= PHAB” we aren’t entirely sure who came up with this idea, but let’s not judge right now.
The PHAB is available in two screen sizes, 6.98 inches called the Lenovo PHAB and the 6.8 inches called the Lenovo PHAB Plus. Now that isn’t a typo, the one with the smaller screen is given the Plus title, the Plus stands for better hardware. We’ll review the PHAB Plus here, to find out if it’s worth it or is it as ridiculous as it sounds.
Unique Solid Built and Innovative Design
We got to hand it to Lenovo here, the PHAB looks really good. With such a big screen, the device surprisingly does not feel too bulky or heavy. It measures 186.6 x 96.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 229 g. It actually looks like a phone (on steroids) and not a tablet. The design, as can be seen, is inspired from the Apple iPhone 6s. From the two screws near the micro USB port to the antenna bands on the back, this looks like the big bad version of the iPhone 6s Plus.
On the front, you have the big screen, an in-call speaker, the front camera, and that’s pretty much it. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, the 3.5mm audio Jack on the top and the Micro-USB port on the bottom. On the back, the end user will find the speaker occupying a fair chunk of space on the top, along with the1 3MP camera lens, LED flash and Lenovo branding.
Massive 6.8 inches FHD Display
Since this is a Phablet & Tablet love child, the screen here is the attention seeker. The display does look good with nice punchy colours and bright display. The 6.8 Inch IPS LCD display packs a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a pixel density of 324 PPI. The pixel density might not be that great and one could have expected more with such a big screen, but the screen is sharp from a normal viewing distance.
Since one hand operations can be a tricky task with such a huge screen, the company has made a one-handed mode. The mode can be called up by drawing a ‘C’ on the display. What it does is it shrinks the screen which can be scaled up & down and moved left or right for ease of use. The mode can be exited by pressing the escape button on the display. Most of the time, you will use the phablet with two hands though to enjoy the big screen.
The big screen is great for watching movies, surfing and reading eBooks.
13MP 5MP Camera with Dual LED flash
The Phab Plus comes with a 13 MP Autofocus Primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera app has a few added modes for better image capture, but there is no proper manual mode. The images produced by the camera do not capture the natural colour, but instead have a slightly colder tone to it and details are on a slightly lower side. Image clicked via the HDR mode are nice though. In low lighting, the conditions are worse as a lot of grain and noise is present in the images.
The 1080p recording is also a let-down, the auto-focus is unpredictable and you will find pitchy audio recording.
Performance and Memory
In order to maintain the price of the device, Lenovo has given it mid-range specifications. And, we aren’t complaining as we slightly expected the same keeping in mind the price point. The Lenovo phone runs on an Octa-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 chipset with 2GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The phone is really snappy and handles all the daily tasks, such as multimedia, browsing with ease.
On the graphic front, there might be some frame drops especially with HD games, but nothing that would make the device unusable. The phone comes with 32 GB inbuilt memory, which can be expanded up to 64 GB via a micro-SD card.
Software Operating system 4G and Dual SIM connectivity
The phone is dual SIM (Nano & Micro) capable and offers LTE support.
The software used by Lenovo is pretty close to stock android, which is a good thing. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. The UI is smooth and responsive and does not look bloated up for the big screen.
The phone has Dolby Atmos sound technology so you can be guaranteed of clear and load output from the speakers.
Lenovo has used a 3500mAh battery with this device, which is not a small capacity, but we would have liked to see it a bit higher considering the size of the device. The battery produces average result it will be able to power you for one day with moderate usage.
- Huge Display with Full HD Display
- Latest Snapdragon 4G LTE Processor
- The real multimedia gadget with Dolby Atmos sound technology
- Mammoth Battery power
- Non-removable battery
- A bit expensive
The Phab plus is a bit of a confusing device. Why did Lenovo think that creating a weird love child between a Phablet & Tablet is what consumers want, is beyond us. At a price tag of approximately 18000 rupees, the device does deliver you excellent design, and good specs.
We can see a lot of people using this for multimedia, browsing purposes and for reading eBooks, due to its big screen and as it does not fell clunky while holding. But nonetheless no matter who you are, you will look ridiculous holding it against your ear and trying to talk with one of these.
If you feel that the 5.5-5.7 inch phablet are too small for you (really?) or the 7-8 inch tablets are too big (you got to be kidding us) then this might be what you are looking for.
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola has recently launched the Moto X Play and has once again showed that it is keeping the price-conscious India consumer in mind. The price war in the mid-range smartphone segment is heating up and Motorola has once again proved that it’s going to play an important role in this war. Very rightly, it has been throwing a caution to all Chinese smartphone manufacturers (very popular for innovative cheap smartphones) in the Indian market.
The device is priced at Rs. 18499 for 16GB variant and Rs. 19.999 for the 32GB variant. As has been seen earlier the device has been launched exclusively on Indian e-retailer Flipkart.
Premium Built and Design
The Moto X play is a well-built device with a polycarbonate body and a metal frame that wraps around the sides. The phone is slightly curved to rest better in your hands. The phone has the IP52 rating, which means that it can resist splashes or basic water damage. The back panel or ‘shells’ as Motorola calls them, are replaceable and are available in a variety of color & texture options that can be bought separately.
On the front, you have the 5 megapixels camera on top of the 5.5-inch display. Also, there is no touch capacitive buttons as these will appear (software buttons not Hardware) on the screen. On the top and bottom of the display, you will find what appears to be two stereo speakers, but actually only one of them, the bottom one, is the speaker the other is the in-call earpiece. On the right, you have the power button and volume rocker while the left side is bare.
On the top, the user will find the 3.5 mm audio jack and a tray for SIM card slots. The micro-USB port can be found on the bottom. On the back, you have the 21MP camera with dual LED flash and the Motorola Logo.
Full HD Display
Motorola Moto X Play packs a 5.5 inch LCD IPS display full HD display with a pixel density of 403 PPI. The display actually places it at par with some of the top flagships in pure viewing pleasure. The display is super bright and color rendering is excellent.
21MP 5MP Camera with Dual LED flash for FHD Recording
Moto X Play comes with a 21MP Sony sensor with f/2.0 aperture and dual tone LED flash. The camera app can be launched by just twisting your wrist from anywhere in the UI whether the phone is locked or unlocked. A double twist changes between rear and front camera. Motorola has made the camera app pretty simple yet standard. There are not too many options here other than the basic ones. But you can always download a better app from the app store.
The image quality of the camera is excellent. The details are high, sharpness is goof, and noise levels are low. The color reproduction is also good. It is just right and the images do not appear either too high in color or too low. The images clicked outdoors and in daylight are excellent and auto exposure is right on, at almost every image. The front camera too clicks surprisingly brilliant images and the beautification feature won’t be missed in this device.
The phone can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps, but no 4K videos. The video output also has good quality.
4G LTE Snapdragon 615 Processor for Robust Performance
The Moto X Play feature an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 chipset, which is actually two quad-core CPU’s, one of them is clocked at 1.65Ghz while the other at 1.11Ghz. The processor is coupled with 2GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. We have seen the 615 chipset in various mid-range devices this year. And, it comes as no surprise that the phone coupled with the lightweight UI performs brilliantly. It is responsive, snappy and does not overheat.
The Adreno 405 though is no powerhouse in the graphics department. So if you are into HD gaming you might have to set the graphic intensity on ‘Low’ to enjoy a lag free gaming experience. The device is available in two internal storage options, 16GB & 32GB, both of which can expand via a micro-SD card to 128GB.
The Moto X play is a dual SIM phone and has the Indian 4G LTE network capabilities. Having USB OTG support is also a big benefit for the end users as that makes the gadget a true choice for multimedia playback.
Android Operating System
The Motorola Phone comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. Motorola has been known to keep the stock Android UI and Moto X Play follows that tradition. The UI is light and includes no bloat ware. Odds are the Moto X Play smartphone will receive the latest Android Marshmallow update once it launches as the past has shown the promptness of Motorola to provide latest updates.
Huge battery Fuel
The device comes with a non-removable 3630 mAh battery with a turbo power charger. This shall allow hours of usage with only a couple minutes of charging. The device will give you more than a day’s usage with a full charge.
- Priceless 5.5 inches FHD Display
- Robust Snapdragon Processor
- Excellent Fast RAM
- Impressive Primary camera
- A Big costly
- Not quite a friendly device for small palm
The Moto X Play checks off all the right boxes. A good design, brilliant display, good camera and above average hardware makes it a compelling device at the price. The American company has really provided the user’s their money’s worth here. In addition, it will be compelling to see what manufacturers such as Xiaomi and One Plus do to take on this device.