Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review: The First Tango Augmented Reality Smartphone

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Gaming And Graphics Performance

Next up, we have GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics performance benchmarks for quite a while now. In order to ensure display refresh lock (V-Synch) and resolution are not limiting factors, we are comparing Offscreen test results here.

We also ran Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which has been a staple 3D graphics benchmark at HotHardware across all mobile and desktop platforms for many years. In particular, we ran 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which is targeted for mobile devices and also runs at 720p in offscreen mode, also to take display resolution out of the equation. Finally, we tossed Basemark X into the mix too, which is another cross-platform graphics benchmark based on the very popular Unity game engine.
3D Graphics Benchmarks: GFX Bench, 3DMark & Basemark X
Pushing The Pixels
Lenovo Phab2 Pro GFXBench TRex Perf

Lenovo Phab2 Pro GFXBench Manhattan

In the Manhattan off-screen test, the Phab 2 Pro really brings up the rear in with the likes of the Snapdragon 808 powered LG V10 and Snapdragon 625 powered Moto G4 and Moto Z Play. The Phab 2 Pro's Adreno 510 integrated GPU can't keep up with the likes of the higher-end Adreno 530 found in the Snapdragon 820 series. In the lighter-duty TRex test, the Phab 2 Pro improves a bit, but not by much. 

Lenovo Phab2 Pro 3DMark Ice Storm Test

Lenovo Phab2 Pro 3DMark Ice Storm FPS

Lenovo Phab2 Pro BasemarkX perf

3DMark Ice Storm and Basemark X show more of the same for the Phab 2 Pro. If you're a hardcore smartphone gamer, you can definitely find better performance elsewhere. However, that's not to say Lenovo's new phablet is completely devoid of gaming chops. In reality, when you consider it still racks up 121 and 76 frames per second times in 3DMark, it still has enough graphics throughput to handle most standard gaming workloads just fine. And of course it's also highly tuned for Augmented Reality use cases with motion tracking and other physics-based functions. 

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