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04 Mar, 2017 ,
The P2 is the latest offering from Lenovo for the mid-range catgory priced just under rupees 17k. It was previously named as Vibe P1 and is it’s successor. The p2 has outgrown it’s predecessor in terms of battery life, camera output, display, video recording capabilities and hardware performance. Let’s figure out what all changes have been incorporated.
The P2 looks and feels premium in Champagne Gold. The paint is scratch resistant and should last longer. The phone has a unibody aluminium design and feels sturdy in the hand. There is a lot of space above and below the screen of the phone. The phone is a bit heavy considering it’s weight which stands at 177 grams. Blame the massive battery for it. The phone has curvy edges with 2.5D curved glass covering the display. The Super AMOLED 5.5 inch display looks very vibrant under broad sunlight. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the phone. Design is very similar to other Lenovo phones that we have seen and Lenovo claims that this phone is slimmer than its predecessor the P1. The thickness of this phone stands at 8.3mm.
Towards the right side of the phone you will find the volume rocker and power button. The left side of the phone consists of hybrid SIM tray which houses dual Nano SIMS. Then there is a ‘power- saving key’ too for less battery consumption. The buttons are easily reachable and has good feedback. There is a physical home button which houses the fingerprint sensor below. Then there is a Micro-USB port along with speaker grills on the bottom. The phone is manufactured in India and proudly sports the ‘Made In India’ Tag. Over all the design is decent and it grows on you as and when you start using it.
The 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display is adopted from SAMSUNG which gives a stunning viewing experience no matter which angle you are watching it from. The visibility of the display is good in indoor and outdoor conditions. Watching videos and movies on the phone is a great experience on this phone. The natural colors when switched to Normal display mode are definitely pleasing to the eye. The touch experience on this display is quite responsive and snappy.
The Lenovo P2 is a great performer when it comes to multi-tasking and handling multiple applications. The 4GB of ram has good managing capabilities as there is ample space available for any given task. High end games like Asphalt 8 runs smoothly without any lag or frame drops. On our benchmarks test we got a decent scores of of 63,445 on AnTuTu; 40,634 overall in Quadrant; 8,098 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme; and 23fps in GFXBench's T-Rex test. It's a mid-range device, and its octa-core processor is among the better ones in the class. In fact, the Snapdragon 625 chip is an excellent SoC thanks to the high-end manufacturing process, snappy processor, up to date connectivity options, and camera support. It's the Adreno 506 GPU that is hurting the all-in-one package, but thankfully, not enough to ruin the positive impressions.
The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. This phone gives out a theme-able pure android experience. The OS does look good on this phone and comes with a ton of extra added features. The lock screen of the phone is standard to say the least. The fingerprint sensor works fine although we had noticed some recognition delay. This was not so rampant but sometimes we had to position our thumbs accurately to get the phone unlocked. Over and all the phone gives you a plethora of customizable options which will come in very handy. We didn’t face any heating issues so far either.
The P2 comes with a massive non-removable 5100mah battery which is the USP of this product. The phone managed to last for 2 days with normal usage. The phone can last up to a good 21 hours and 40 minutes for watching videos. Also added bonus is that it supports fast charging and you can get 30 percent of charge in just 20 minutes. The overall charging time is 90 minutes which is pretty impressive. The phone also has an Ultimate Power Saver mode which boosts the battery life by a good extent. Although it cuts down a lot of features like cellular data and syncing, it allows basic utilities like calling, texting messages and radio. Even when the battery showed 20 percent on the indicator it lasted a good 20 hours after that. This phone will come very handy in emergency situations.
The camera of the Lenovo P2 has a 13 megapixel rear shooter with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. The front is equipped with a 5 megapixel shooter. This phone is capable of recording videos at 4k with the rear camera while the front camera is capable of capturing HD videos. There are usual modes like Pro, Panaroma, Slow Motion, Time Lapse and HDR. The settings menu also provides you with a good amount of tweaks. Despite such features and tweaks the camera is a letdown. The images from this phone looks good on the phone but when you inspect the images on the pc there is noise when you zoom them. The color reproduction is dull. Day light shots are ok but low-light performance is not up to the mark. Even the front camera shooter is just acceptable when it comes to those occasional selfies. Video recording is the only saving grace on this phone which is capable of producing videos at 4k. This phone is not meant for quenching your camera utilities.
The P2 comes with dual-SIM device and you can set different ringtones and message tones for each SIM. Like all other phones you can choose your preferred card for calling, texts and data. The phone offers rich audio quality on calls via speaker and never did we face any issues like call-cuts or network issues. The phone had good signal reception at black spots and the data performance was pretty good too.
With the 5.5 inch Super Amoled screen watching videos and movies was an enticing experience. The visual quality was crisp and vivid and overall the viewing experience is great. Lenovo has come up with their own video player and it is ok. Nothing really to boast about but hey, you can download third party app so we suggest to go for it. Viewing angles is pretty accurate no matter which angle you are viewing it from.
The Lenovo P2 output with an active external amplifier was as clean as you’d expect from a smartphone in 2017. Where the smartphone overdoes though is loudness - the P2 certainly was one of the louder devices we’ve tested and not just in its price group. The overall output was still excellently clean and with the volume levels maintained it was a strong showing indeed. We do recommend third party headsets as the performance from the stock headset was not satisfactory.
The FM radio on this device is a nice touch. Sure, you can stream with Play Music, but FM broadcasting is free and available at places where there might not be data connection. The Radio app can record radio broadcasts, but lacks RDS (the feature that displays the station name and other info.
So finally the phone did manage to surprise us. With it’s beasty battery life and decent performance this phone is for those who are practical and media obsessed. If you are looking for a powerful camera then this smartphone is not for you. The phone is very customizable and you get a variety of security features with a good display. A lot of buyers will love it for its unstoppable performance. Overall the phone did manage to leave a smiling impression on us.
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