Big Android battle: Lenovo Phab 2 Plus and Xiaomi Mi Max
Lenovo’s new phone Phab 2 Plus is another big screen wonder, but faces stiff competition from Xiaomi’s Mi Max
Big screen phones with display size of 5.5-inches or 5.7-inches have become mainstream but phone makers believe there is an audience that is open to the idea of using phones with screen size above 6-inches. Lenovo’s Phab Plus (6.8-inch display), Oppo R7 Plus (6-inch display), Xiaomi Mi Max and Mi Max Prime (6.4-inch display) and now Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (6.4-inch) are some of the phones that offers a truly big screen experience. The Phab 2 Plus is likely to be pitted against the Xiaomi Mi Max as it belongs to the same price segment and screen size.
The Phab 2 Plus comes with full metal body and a sealed back panel. The two SIM slots (nano/micro) and the microSD slot have been put in a metallic tray along the side panel. It tips the scales at 218g and measures 9.6mm sideways. It also comes with a finger-print sensor that is placed on the back panel. The Xiaomi Mi Max is another metal clad smartphone with a unibody design. However, it looks a lot thinner and is lighter to hold too. It is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 203g. Its finger print sensor is placed on the back too. The Phab 2 plus is available in gold and a gunmetal grey variant will be available soon. The Mi Max, comes in dark grey, silver and gold.
Both Phab 2 Plus and the Mi Max have a 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1,920x1,080p. Both phones allow users to tinker with the display, adjust colour temperature for their convenience, but Xiaomi offers a few extra features such as Sunlight display and Reading mode. The Sunlit display automatically adjusts contrast levels in each pixel without causing any drastic changes in brightness levels when you move from a low lit environment to a bright environment. The Reading mode changes the display colour to orange to minimise the effect of Bluelight on eyes. The other area where the Mi Max looks better is the layer of Gorilla Glass it uses. It uses the more rugged Gorilla Glass 4 while the Phab 2 Plus uses Gorilla Glass 3.
What powers them
The Phab 2 Plus is driven by MediaTek’s 8783 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. This is a new processor and hasn’t been used in many phones. It supports 4G networks and VoLTE calling. The processor used in Mi Max belongs to Qualcomm’s new series of high-performance hexa-core processor known as Snapdragon 650 and has paired it with 3GB RAM. This processor has been used in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 too and in real life scenario it can handle mist heavy tasks such as multi- tasking with consummate ease. The Mi Max supports 4G networks and VoLTE calling. Any comment on the performance of Phab 2 Plus can be made after it has been used for a few days.
Big batteries too
Battery is another area where Lenovo has made the most of the phone’s big chassis. Phab 2 Plus comes with a 4,050mAh non removable Li-ion battery. The Mi Max has an upper hand over it as far as battery capacity is concerned. Its 4,850 mAh non removable battery is technically bigger but that doesn’t necessarily mean its battery backup is going to be better too, especially if we factor in the fact that its resource intensive MIUI I’d competing with plain Android of Phab 2 Plus.
Plain Android vs custom UI
Both Phab 2 Plus and the Mi Max run (6.0) Marshmallow version of Android with a a different user interface on top.Lenovo has gone with plain Android interface with no option for a secondary custom UI, as it has been doing in some of the Vibe series phones since last few months. This is likely to put less stress on the phone’s hardware. On the other hand the Mi Max runs its proprietary custom UI. It looks funky and offers plenty of cool themes but can be bit overwhelming to use for first time users.