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Lenovo unveils Phab 2 Pro phablet with Project Tango for $499 USD

Lenovo unveils Phab 2 Pro phablet with Project Tango for $499 USD
Lenovo unveils Phab 2 Pro phablet with Project Tango for $499 USD
The 6.4-inch Phab 2 Plus and Phab 2 will launch for $299 and $199 to complete the new Phab 2 family. Project Tango, however, will be reserved for the higher-end Phab 2 Pro model only.

The stars of Lenovo's Tech World event this year are the Phab 2 Pro, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2 that collectively make up the new Phab family of phablets. Quick specifications are listed below:

Phab 2 Pro

  • 6.4-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel, 2.5D curved glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD (Shared with Nano SIM)
  • Unibody Aluminum alloy
  • Dual-SIM (Nano SIM + Nano SIM/MicroSD)
  • 4050 mAh battery w/ Fast Charge
  • 16 MP rear camera, PDAF fast-focus, depth sensor and motion tracking (Tango) + 8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, fixed-focus
  • Android 6.0
  • 179.83 x 88.57 x 10.7 mm
  • 259 g
  • $499

Phab 2 Plus

  • 6.4-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel, 2.5D curved glass
  • Octa-core MediaTek MTK 8783 SoC
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD (Shared with Nano SIM)
  • Aluminum alloy
  • Dual-SIM (Micro SIM + Nano SIM/MicroSD)
  • 4050 mAh battery
  • Micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm audio
  • 13 MP dual rear cameras, f/2.0 aperture, Laser auto-focus + 8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, fixed-focus
  • Android 6.0
  • 173.89 x 88.3 x 9.6 mm
  • 218 g
  • $299 USD

Phab 2:

  • 6.4-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS panel
  • Quad-core MediaTek MTK 8735 SoC
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD (shared with Micro SIM)
  • Dual-SIM (Micro SIM + Micro SIM/MicroSD)
  • 4050 mAh battery
  • 13 MP rear camera, PDAF fast-focus + 5 MP front camera, wide-angle
  • Android 6.0
  • 175 x 89.5 x 9.6 mm
  • 225 g
  • $199

The above specifications and price points show that Lenovo will be marketing the Phab 2 family from the budget range all the way up to the flagship model with Tango. All models will be available in North America starting this September and slowly roll out to additional regions around the world by the end the year. The Phab 2 Pro will be GSM only and we've been told that Lenovo has a 6-month exclusivity deal with Google on Project Tango. Thus, more devices sporting the technology from other manufacturers are likely to come in the near future. These Lenovo models mark the first time that the manufacturer will be launching smartphones in the U.S. as most releases remain in Asia and Europe.

From our short time with the three devices, the size and weight differences between them are very noticeable despite the fact that all have 6.4-inch displays. The plastic build on the budget Phab 2 also pales in comparison to the dense and heavy aluminum build of the Phab 2 Pro. Stay tuned for more information and details on these smartphones as the event continues.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-06- 9 (Update: 2016-06- 9)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.