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Lenovo Phab Plus Philippines Price is Php 14,999 : 6.8-Inch Phablet Complete Specs, Release Date, In The Flesh Photos, Key Features

With ultra-large Full HD IPS display measuring 6.8 inches across, Lenovo Phab Plus is one of the biggest phablets that are now available in the Philippine market.

Lenovo Phab Plus

And yet, Lenovo crafted its shell so well that the hybrid can still fit in just one hand.

Lenovo Phab Plus

Playing with the device during its official local launch held at the Boracay 1 and 2 Halls of EDSA Shangrila Hotel yesterday, there are three things that instantly made me want to get it for myself.

Lenovo Phab Plus

First, it's beautiful and sleek. Lenovo Phab Plus features an elegant unibody frame that's made from lightweight aluminum -- making the device both durable and opulent. Its design is largely reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - albeit bigger - and that says a lot about its aesthetics.

Lenovo Phab Plus

Second, Phab Plus' massive display is a real treat -- especially for those who love watching videos on their phone. I also like that it's easier to thumb-type on this screen because of the size of the virtual keys.

Lenovo Phab Plus
With 324 ppi pixel density, Lenovo Phab Plus' 6.8-inch display is not the most crisp mobile device screen out there. But since it's IPS, it has good color integrity regardless of the viewing angle.

Lenovo Phab Plus

And third, it has decent imaging capabilities. There's a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Dual Tone LED flash at the back that delivers clear and brilliant photos. And the 5 MP fixed focus cam in front takes nice looking selfies...

Lenovo Phab Plus
...especially when you use Lenovo's Selfie Flash accessory that will sell for around Php 800 to Php 1,000 when it becomes available locally.

Lenovo Phab Plus

Of course, it doesn't hurt that Lenovo Phab Plus actually has fairly powerful internal hardware for a phablet that only costs Php 14,999. This LTE-enabled hybrid runs its Vibe-UI-flavored Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a 64-Bit Octa-Core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset, has 2GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of internal storage that you can expand if you're willing to sacrifice Dual SIM capability as the secondary nanoSIM slot also reads microSD cards. This phablet is hardly a beast in terms of raw power but it should be good enough should give you a smooth overall mobile experience if you're not a power user or a heavy 3D gamer.

Lenovo Phab Plus

According to our friends at Lenovo, "Compatible with all HD content including photos, movies and games, this feature-packed gadget provides consumers with a powerful multimedia experience in one hand (with Vibe UI's one-handed use mode). [...] Plus, it features Dolby Atmos to deliver a breathtaking, moving audio for an amazing mobile entertainment experience."

Is it the right device for you? I think it's made for a niche market. Lenovo Phab Plus is for consumers who want to enjoy content - photos, videos, websites, apps, games - on an extra-large display that's normally seen on tablets but aren't keen on carrying a gadget that's as big or as heavy. Obviously, though, it's also not as small or light as a typical 5 to 5.5 inch smartphone, so there's that compromise.

Lenovo Phab Plus

Overall, Lenovo Phab Plus offers great value for money. Frankly, it looks and feels more expensive than it actually is. And when I consider everything that it offers buyers for just Php 14,999, it's hard not to recommend it to consumers who are in the market for a phablet that delivers.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Lenovo Phab Plus
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions186.6 x 96.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight 229 grams
Available Colors Gunmetal Grey, Titanium Silver, Champagne Gold
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Vibe UI
Display 6.8 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 1920 pixels (~324 ppi pixel density), IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Scratch-Resistant Glass
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset
RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Storage 32 GB ROM, expandable via Hybrid SIM slot doubling as microSD card slot ~ 64GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM Card Type Dual SIM Dual Standby = microSIM + Hybrid nanoSIM
Battery Non-removable 3,500 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime Standby time of up to 480 hours, Talk time up to 24 hours
Value-Added Features Large Display, Vibe UI, real metal shell
Announcement September 16, 2015 ~ EDSA Shangrila Hotel
Availability September 2015
Price Official SRP: Php 14,999

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