Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review: The First Tango Augmented Reality Smartphone
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Design And Build Quality
The Phab 2 Pro’s display is quite nice. It’s an IPS display with a QHD resolution of 2560X1440, with good brightness, contrast and viewability in daylight conditions. It doesn’t quite have the pop and saturation to match OLED display-equipped devices like the Google Pixel XL or Samsung Galaxy S7 but it does hold its own pretty well. It’s also strapped with edge-to-edge 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass. Though not curved glass in the traditional sense like you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the very edge of the display does have a slightly curved, smooth finish, giving it a clean polished look with a premium aesthetic that matches-up really nicely with the phone’s chamfered aluminum edges.
In fact, the entire brushed aluminum affair with the Phab 2 Pro is just plain premium all around and the chassis is completely fingerprint resistant. On bottom are a pair of stereo speaker ports supporting Dolby Atmos sound and a couple of tiny torque screws that we grew fond of actually, somehow inspiring a securely fastened but perhaps accessible design. The speakers have fairly impressive spatial qualities and reasonably good dynamic range for smartphone speakers, but as usual we yearned for more volume and bass. Plug in a quality set of buds or connect to a Bluetooth audio system as always here, for best results.
These machine vision capabilities, in conjunction with the Google Tango Core software engine can produce some rather impressive augmented reality experiences, which we’ll give you a flavor for, next.