The Lenovo Phab 2 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and adds an augmented reality mode.


The Lenovo Phab 2 is the least expensive phone of this second generation of Lenovo phablets, and while it doesn't incorporate Google's Project Tango technology (the Phab 2 Pro does) or the dual rear camera found in the Phab 2 Plus, it still offers some augmented reality tricks.

The 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera have an Augmented Reality (AR) mode that allows you to add different effects and virtual objects to your photos and videos. For example, the AR mode allows you to change backgrounds or add cartoons and drawings to your photos or videos.

Similar to other phones of the Phab 2 series, this phone has a huge 6.4-inch screen, packs Android Marshmallow, a relatively similar design and a 4,050mAh battery that promises a full day of use on one charge.

However, unlike Lenovo's Project Tango cellphone (Phab 2 Pro) that integrates a QHD resolution screen and the Phab 2 Plus that comes with a full HD, the Lenovo Phab 2 has an HD resolution screen, which makes the experience a bit less pleasant given its big size (6.4-inches).

The Phab 2 integrates the same 32GB of storage and has a microSD card slot for up to 128GB.


Unlike the the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Phab 2 Plus, the Lenovo Phab 2 does not include a fingerprint sensor, but it does pack sound technology from Dolby Atmos, promising a pleasant surround sound experience.

As to other specs, the Lenovo Phab 2 uses a MediaTek MTK-8735 chip, which is less powerful than other members of its family.

Price and availability

The Lenovo Phab 2 will be available worldwide in September at US$199.


First impression

The Lenovo Phab 2 is different from its competitors -- be that a good or bad thing. It's huge, 6.4-inch screen makes it difficult to hold with one hand or easily fit in your pockets. Its low resolution screen makes photos and videos look good, but not vibrant as in other phablets.

Yet, at a low price of $199 and some augmented reality tricks, it's a phone that could be fun to use for some photo and video enthusiasts.