The Lenovo P2 employs a Samsung-made 5.5-inch Super AMOLED panel of 1080p resolution and it's protected by a 2.5D shaped Corning Gorilla Glass 3 piece. The colors are nicely saturated, and the viewing angles are quite good. The pixel arrangement is Diamond PenTile, which is usual for these screens and works out to a sufficiently sharp image because of the 401ppi pixel density.
There is a dedicated High Sensitivity Touch option - once enabled, you should be able to operate the P2 with regular gloves.
We suspect the P2 relies on the same 5.5" AMOLED screen like the Moto Z Play, and our display tests will shed some more light on the matter.
The color rendering turned out quite good. If you settle for the Normal color mode (Vibrant is default), you'll get an excellent color accuracy with an average DeltaE of 2.1 and maximum deviation of 4.8.
The default Vibrant color mode adds extra saturation, so you get a very punchy image, but the color accuracy suffers as the average DeltaE increases to 5.6, and we get some notable peak deviations in colors such as red, green, and blue.
The Super AMOLED panels deliver infinite contrast and, as expected, the P2 aces this chart. Regarding brightness, the maximum level we get with the P2 is 346nits. It's not an impressive number, but we've seen a few Samsung devices with similar brightness results.
Luckily, you can enjoy an even higher brightness level if you've set the brightness setting to automatic and the ambient light is bright enough to trigger this overdrive mode. In these circumstances, the screen can light up as bright as 510 nits, which is more than enough for even the brightest of days.
Finally, you can find the so-called Brightness Protection setting in the Display section. When turned on, it reduced the screen brightness for night time usage in the dark. It allows the screen brightness to drop to as low as 0.7 nits should you need it to - it's the lowest number we've seen so far.
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The sunlight legibility is very good, although somewhat below the average for Super AMOLED screens. Still, you should have no problem seeing what's happening on the screen even under bright sunlight.
Lenovo P2 is powered by a massive 5,100 mAh battery. The phone supports Rapid charging technology of undisclosed type and comes with a 24W charger in the retail box. According to the official specs, the charger should fill up the large battery from 0 to 48% in only 30 minutes. An hour of charging should restore up to 78% of the battery capacity. These are some spectacular numbers. Unfortunately, we couldn't put them to test as we didn't get the charger in question.
We initially thought that the Rapid charging tech used by Lenovo must be Quick Charge 3.0 since the P2 uses a Qualcomm chipset. However, our third-party QC3.0 charger didn't charge the P2 particularly fast, so the jury is still out on whether Lenovo is using a proprietary charging technology.
What's more important, however, is that the Lenovo P2 turned out one of the best all-time performers in our battery test with a 149-hour Endurance rating. It did a fabulous job of all tested scenarios - video, calls, web browsing and even stand-by performance (27 days).
The rating of 149 hours means you can rely on the Lenovo P2 for north of six days if you do an hour of 3G calls, web browsing, and video playback each day.
Lenovo has put a dedicated switch on the left side of the P2, which turns on the Ultimate Power Saver mode. This special mode switches to a black screen with just a few monochrome shortcuts - Phone, Contacts, SMS, Alarm, Calendar, Calculator. There is also an option to use the FM radio, if you like. This power saver should be enough for you to use the P2 for much longer on the remaining battery charge.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.
The Lenovo P2 is available in a Dual-SIM configuration in certain markets. As already mentioned, the downside is that it uses a hybrid tray, so you have to sacrifice one of the SIM cards to get some extra storage. LTE is also on-board with a speed cap set at Cat.6 or 300 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps up.
The P2 comes with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support. Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC are available. There is also an FM radio on board - a rare sight these days.
The microUSB 2.0 port supports USB-On-The-Go so that you can hook up flash drives and other USB accessories to it. It cannot output video, as there's no MHL or SlimPort functionality.