Think the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 are huge phablets? They’re tiny compared to Lenovo’s two new giant phones.
Lenovo announced on Wednesday two of the biggest smartphones we’ve ever seen, bigger than Samsung’s Galaxy Mega: the 6.8-inch Phab Plus and 6.98-inch Phab. The company also unveiled new Yoga Tab 3 tablets in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes.
The $299 metallic Phab Plus is the smaller phone of the two and has a 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD) IPS display with a 326 ppi. It’s a decent panel when viewed indoors and it’s size is great for watching videos and movies, but I’ve seen better screens that are both higher resolution and brighter.
Specs are pretty midrange: The Phab Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 3,500 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery. You would think a phone with such epic proportions would have a bigger battery, but no. And yes, it’s a 4G LTE phone with dual nano-SIM cards.
The Phab Plus has a 13-megapixel camera on the back with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.
So how exactly does it feel to handle such a big phone? It feels so silly. It’s virtually impossible to use with one hand and it definitely won’t fit into your pants unless you’re bringing JNCO jeans back.
To make it easier to use with one hand, Lenovo’s added a bunch of features like double-tapping the screen to turn it on, shaking it to lock it, and long-pressing anywhere on the screen to snap a photo. They all work, but they’re gimmicky as hell, is all I’m saying.
The huge phone will be available in three colors: Gunmetal Gray, Titanium Silver and Champagne Gold.
Shoppers with a lower budget should consider the cheaper $179 Phab. It’s got a bigger 6.98-inch screen, but the resolution is lower: 1,280 x 720 (HD). The screen’s a lot less sharp and text looks pretty bad (by today’s pixel-dense display standards), but what are you gonna do for a device that’s under $200?
It’s got an octa-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Not exactly specs to write home about, but more than enough for casual usage like watching videos, browsing the web and tweeting. Battery life is beefier than the Phab Plus, too: 4,250 mAh.
The Phab’s also customizable. The back cover pops off and you can swap it with your choice of Tuxedo Black, Polar White, Aqua Blue and Cherry Red covers.
New Yoga tablets
As far as real tablets go, Lenovo’s got three new ones: An 8-inch Yoga Tab 3, 10-inch Yoga Tab 3 and a 10-inch Yoga Tab Pro.
Both the 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga Tab 3 have HD displays, front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos audio and 180-degree rotating cameras. The 8-inch will be available on Oct. 1 for $169 and the 10-inch on Nov. 1 for $199.
The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the real starlet of the trio. The $499 tablet has a 10.1-inch display with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution (QHD) with 299 ppi.
Although it’s smaller than the Yoga Tab 2 Pro, the built-in projector is more powerful; it’s brighter and can display projections up to 70 inches wide versus the 50-inch projections on the old model.
More than just an immersive visual experience, the Tab 3 Pro has four front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos sound. To my ears, it’s one of the best-sounding tablets, for sure.
The Tab 3 Pro will be available starting on Nov. 1.