"Fancy using a 6.8-inch smartphone? Here's what we think of the Lenovo PHAB Plus"
Among Lenovo's multitude of launches at IFA 2015, there was one product that really stood out – the PHAB Plus. Contrary to what the name suggests, the PHAB Plus is no ordinary phablet. With a screen size measuring 6.8-inches, the device is more tablet than smartphone, but Lenovo insists that it's 'optimised for single-handed use'. We're having a hard time accepting that considering its size, but according to the company, the PHAB Plus has been designed for the younger generation – those who spend a majority of their time texting, consuming media and on social networks, and who rarely use their smartphone to make voice calls. Putting our skepticism aside, we spent some time with the device during IFA 2015, and here are our first impressions.
A large strip towards the top of the back panel conceals the speaker that's equipped with Dolby ATMOS sound. You'll also find the 13MP primary camera module and dual-tone LED flash tucked in there.
In addition to the PHAB Plus, Lenovo also introduced a less premium variant simply called the PHAB. It has an even larger 6.98-inch display, but features only HD resolution. The remaining specs include an octa-core (unspecified) Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM, a dedicated voice processor, and a 4,250mAh battery. While the PHAB costs $180 (around Rs 11,800),the PHAB Plus has been priced at $299, approximately Rs 19,600. Given the latter's niche appeal, we're not sure how many users would want to shell out that much for the device. Nevertheless, it'll be interesting to see how Lenovo prices and positions the PHAB Plus in India.
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