Lenovo announces Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango Device
Remember that bulky tab with a bunch of cameras launched 2 years ago at Google IO? That was when Project Tango started : Google’s way of letting more creators get on the train of 3D mapping, Augmented reality and all that cool stuff
When Lenovo acquired Motorola from Google, project Tango was one of the patent technologies that Lenovo got along with it. So, today at Lenovo World, came the successor/evolution to the little tab: Lenovo Phab2 pro
Now, it’s just ‘Tango'(with a logo that looks like a Nacho, making me think about salsa next). And Lenovo took the natural step forward and made it in a more manageable form factor. A phone with all amazing 3D stuff, good specs and of course, all the telephony features that the tab missed
It is literally a phab, sporting a 6.4″ display, with the resolution bumped up to 1440p from 1200p. Other specs include a very respectable 4GB ram, snapdragon 652 in its heart and a juicy 4050mah battery, with Quick charge. A finger print scanner and an 8MP front camera are also present
That’s it for the phone part, now let’s get the to fun bits. On the back are 3 cameras, each with its own functionality. The main is a 16MP RGB sensor, accompanied by a wide fish eye lens and an IR camera, and a host of neatly concealed sensors. All of these work in tandem to be able to track and map surroundings in a very accurate manner. Even Dolby 5.1 surround sound recording is present. If you have played AR games on your phone, you know how much our cameras struggle in deciding and tracking. This multitude of input sensors take care of that. Tango will run natively on Android N.The possibilities are endless. VR can be taken a step ahead, gaming of course with demos letting you create maps in your surroundings and for architect and designers who can quickly scan the areas around them and get to work. You need to see this on video for better understanding. Tango aims to make the work of such creatives easier. It is a niche market but the product is very exciting. This new experience of the spatial awareness, using algorithms and learning will come together to give us something that’s going to save hours of 3D mapping. It’s opening up new boundaries in the entertainment segment and we have high hopes on the devs for this.
Will be available to purchase in September for $499.