Lenovo's low-cost Phab2 phones are big on augmented reality

The Phab2 Plus packs dual cameras, while the plain Phab2 offers a big screen and AR for a very low price.

The centerpiece of Lenovo's self-branded US phones may be the higher-end, Tango-packing Phab2 Pro, but that doesn't mean there isn't something available for the budget crowd. Lenovo is unveiling two lower-cost models, the Phab2 and Phab2 Plus, that deliver some of the experience for a much lower price. Both pack gigantic 6.4-inch screens (the same size as the Pro) and 13-megapixel rear cameras that deliver augmented reality "special effects" such as virtual backgrounds -- while they won't make you forget that Tango exists, you won't have to give up AR entirely. They also share immersive Dolby Atmos audio and a whopping 4,050mAh battery that can last for over two weeks on standby.

After that, though, they couldn't be more different. The base Phab2 carries a low-res 720p display, a modest quad-core MediaTek processor and 16GB of expandable storage. Jump to the Plus and you not only get a 1080p curved glass screen, an eight-core MediaTek chip, 32GB of space and a fingerprint reader, but also a dual rear camera array that promises better low-light shots, more detail in the shadows and after-the-shot refocusing.

The big deal for both phones may simply be the price. Both will be available worldwide in September, with prices starting at $199 for the Phab2 and $299 for the Phab2 Plus. These could be solid bargains if you want a huge display without spending an equally huge amount of cash.

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