One of the new larger devices launched at IFA 2015 was Lenovo Phab Plus. As the name makes it painfully obvious, Lenovo wants to sell it as a phablet, or rather, a tablet at 6.8 inches with telephony features. The Chinese company claims that rate of calling from larger smartphones has dropped significantly. Now, Lenovo silently launched the device into Indian markets through Amazon India at a listed price of INR 18,490 ($283). What’s surprising here is that Lenovo has not yet announced the official launch of the device in India. The device has not listed on the company’s India site either though further updates might be in the cue. Amazon has listed the Gunmetal Platinum version of the phablet on their site, and the seller is Cloudtail. Customers can also avail the EMI facility to get the device, paying as low as INR 1,702 ($26), as monthly instalments.
The Lenovo Phab Plus features a 6.8 inch full HD IPS display packing a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, offering a decent pixel density of 326 ppi. The device is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU onboard, along with 2 GB of RAM. The handset also packs 32 GB of internal storage with expandable storage support via microSD card, a much-requested feature in all Android devices. This feature is even more sought after since native support for microSD card is present in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The device looks quite good, despite the odd size, with slim bezels, a metal unibody, and a 13 MP shooter with dual-LED flash on the back, and a 5 MP front-facing camera. Connectivity features abound, with 4G, 3G, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Micro-USB, and USB OTG support being included in the Phab Plus. Seems like Lenovo has not yet jumped the bandwagon for the Type-C charging port, as they stick to conventional standards. The device packs a massive 3,500 mAh battery, which according to Lenovo will last you 350 hours of standby and 24 hours of talk time which is impressive for a phablet.
The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s custom Vibe UI on top. Lenovo seems to have been inspired by Motorola, as Lenovo’s UI and software has dramatically improved with touched of Lollipop all over, and much less of heavy customization, which would be unheard of even twelve months ago. Although not a high-end smartphone by any means, the new Lenovo Phab Plus holds up quite nicely to the competition from other devices in the same price segment like Huawei Ascend P8Max.