4 Key Dif­fer­ences Between Leno­vo Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus


A month after launching the Phab 2 Plus starting at Rs. 14,999, Lenovo has launched a scaled down variant of the device as Phab 2, available in India for Rs. 11,999.

Lenovo Phab 2

The Phab 2 is not an upgrade to the Phab 2 Plus, but the company has launched the device to expand its market presence in the sub-Rs. 15,000 category.

Both the devices share loads of features like the same screen size at 6.4″, 3GB RAM, 4050 mAh battery, 32GB of internal memory which can further be expanded using microSD card and come with Android 6 Marshmallow out of the box.

Although they’re quite similar to one another, there are a few significant downgrades that the Phab 2 has been given in order to fit the price bracket it is being offered at.

Here we’re going to discuss the key differences between Lenovo Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus, which involve a lot of scaling down of features on the Phab 2.

1. Screen Size Remains the Same But Pixel Density Suffers

Phab2 Screen

The Phab 2 gets the same screen size as Phab 2 Plus but while the latter comes with a Full HD (1080p) LCD with 344 ppi pixel density, Phab 2’s screen resolution has been downsized to a Half-HD (720p) LCD with 229 ppi pixel density.

You get the same big 6.4″ screen but less quality on it.

2. The Chipset is Less Snappier

The new entrant in the market, Phab 2, gets a Quad-core Mediatek MT8735 which clocks at 1.3 GHz and is not as fast as the Octa-core Mediatek MT8783 SOC on the Phab 2 Plus.

3. The Camera Suffers Downsizing Effects the Most

Phab2 Plus Cam
Lenovo Phab 2 Dual-Camera

The camera has suffered the most as the company tried to lower down the phone’s value and enter a bigger market. While the Phab 2 Plus sported a 13MP (rear) dual-camera with dual flash, the Phab 2 comes with a single lens 13MP camera with LED flash. This significantly affects the photo quality and rendering time taken by the camera.

The front camera has also been downsized from an 8MP on Phab 2 Plus to 5MP on Phab 2 but gets an upgrade on the viewing angle on the lens. While the 8MP could capture 75° shots, the 5MP on Phab 2 can capture 85° shots.

4. Fingerprints Won’t Unlock Your Phab 2

A security feature that has been removed from the Phab 2 is the fingerprint sensor, which is available on the Phab 2 Plus. Although this isn’t a significant downgrade as fingerprint sensors are relatively new, which one can manage without, but it still gives added accessibility to the device.

Phab2 Plus
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

Both the phones are priced according to the specifications that these devices sport and they can’t be compared as such. One can consider both of these to be two variants of the same device — one more powerful and a bit more snazzier than the other.

Although, If I were to, I’d personally go for the Phab 2 Plus as it packs more power and for an additional Rs. 3,000 on MRP, it looks like a better deal, but nonetheless, Phab 2 is also a good buy for those looking forward to enjoying videos on their device but aren’t big on gaming on their smartphone.

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