Lenovo Phab 2 Pro vs iPhone 7 Plus: Augmented Reality vs Mixed Reality

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
A photo of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro featuring a virtual cat created from the Tango technology. Photo : Lenovo/Youtube

It's a given that the iPhone 7 plus is a good flagship but how good is it against the Lenovo Phab 2? Here is a not so long comparison review between the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and iPhone 7 Plus.

Price And Dates

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was first announced last June and was later released last November. Its retail price is $733.33. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus was announced last September and was also released in the same month. The retail price of this Apple device in the U.S. is $769 for its 32 GB built-in storage model, $869 for its 128 GB, and lastly, $969 for the 256 GB.

Network. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro features three network bands: GSM, HSPA, and LTE. The iPhone Plus 7 features five networks: GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, and LTE. This round goes to the iPhone 7 Plus because it offers more network options.

Body. The body dimensions of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro are 7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42 inches and weighs 259 g. The casing designs come in gunmetal gray and champagne gold. The body dimension of the iPhone 7 Plus are 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in and weighs 188 g. Its color casing designs come in jet black, black, silver, Gold, and rose gold. Personally, I love how the iPhones look, but I have always wondered why it is so heavy. However, I will give this round to the iPhone 7 Plus, because unlike the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, I can't put it inside the pocket of my pants and go walking around with it without carrying a bag or wearing a coat or jacket.

Display. The display screen type of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (16M colors). Screen size is 6.4 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus' display screen type is LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen (16M colors) and is protected by an ion-strengthened glass and oleophobic coating. Its display screen size is 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920.

Though it is great that the iPhone 7 Plus has a screen protector, I prefer phones with large screens because it is great for reading PDFs (you should try the Moon Reader app, if could give it a 10 stars, I would. But then again, I didn't even give a rating for it on Play Store), playing mobile games, chatting (because I have big hands), and watching videos. This round goes to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Platform. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro runs on Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652. Its CPU is Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53) and GPU is Adreno 510. The iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10.0.1 (but there is already iOS 10.2 out there and is close to getting a jailbreak and is powered by one of the most powerful chipsets currently available in the market, the Apple A10 Fusion. Its CPU is Quad-core 2.23 GHz and GPU is six-core graphics.

I have to say, there are not many smartphones out there that could match the A10. It's just at a different level. Just the chipset alone makes the iPhone 7 Plus the winner of this round.

Memory. The internal memory of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is 64 GB with 4 GB of RAM. As for the iPhone 7 Plus, it features 32GB, 128GB, 256 GB with 3 GB of RAM. If you've been reading my past articles, I always choose the phone with the higher RAM, regardless of what the internal storage space is. I mean, if you could expand the storage space easily with a dedicated microSD, but with RAM, you're stuck with what you have. This round goes to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Camera. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro camera specs are 16 MP for its primary camera, and 8 MP for its secondary camera, and 1080p@30fps for its video. For the iPhone 7 Plus, its primary camera is a dual 12 MP camera, 7 MP for its secondary camera, and 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps and 720p@240fps for its video.

I will give this round to the iPhone 7 Plus, because though its primary camera is only 12 MP, it is actually a dual camera: wide-angle and telephoto camera. These two cameras featured in the iPhone 7 Plus' rear camera alone lets it shoot high-quality pictures. Though you could say that the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has a special camera for its Tango feature, that segment will be part of the features round which is why for the "camera" round the iPhone 7 Plus wins.

Battery. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro houses a non-removable Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery which is commonly seen in 7-inch tablets. About its battery performance, due to its large screen the device can only last up to 7 hours max with screen-on time. As for the iPhone 7 Plus, it houses a non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery (11.1 Wh). For its battery performance, standby time is up to 384 hours, talk time is up to 21 hours, and music play is up to 60 hours. This round goes to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Features.  For this round, I will only compare two features: the Lenovo's Tango or augmented reality feature and iPhone 7 Plus' connecting to the new Bridge headset which features mixed reality. Base on the video sources I saw, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro's Tango technology that features augmented reality is cool, but when pushed to its limits, the app crashes and sometimes it gets pixelated. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus has a mixed reality feature but needs the Bridge headset to be able to access this.

About the performance of the mixed reality headset, it was hard to tell, because it was just a short commercial video (given that it is a new headset that just got out a week ago). Though there is already a headset, the device is not yet fully ready but the samples they have shown were superb. The winner of this round is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, because it doesn't need an external device to access its augmented reality feature.

The Tally

The tally is Lenovo Phab 2 Pro with 3 wins and the iPhone 7 Plus with 5 wins. To be honest, I think the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro had great potential because it is the first phone to feature Google's Tango technology. But the thing is, it felt like an experimental phone, instead of a flagship killer. But I'm sure that the next Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will be a smartphone to look out for in the future. 

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