Lenovo introduces first consumer Project Tango handset --- 'Phab 2 Pro'

Expect it to cost about £400, if it's released over here.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro smartphone based on Project Tango technology was announced at the Lenovo Tech Word 2016 event in San Francisco on Thursday.

Check out that massive 6.4-inch display.

Lenovo will build more virtual and augmented reality devices after its new Phab2 Pro smartphone, and virtual reality headsets may be high on that list. However, the team inside the company itself has grown, too, and matured from being "Project Tango" to simply "Tango".

Gaming will reach new heights on the Tango smartphone, Meredith said.

Lenovo expects about 25 Tango apps to be available at launch and about 100 by year end.

The smartphone incorporates a collection of sensors that map the surroundings in order to create augmented reality. A user can measure the surroundings of his or her home and virtually check whether or not furniture or appliances fit properly or just look good, aesthetically. With all these components, the camera can map out an area, add augmented objects and track objects in the real word.

"Devices will become entry points for diverse content and services", he said.

The flagship device comes with a 6.4-inch Quad-HD display, measuring 7.08 in × 3.49 in × 0.42 in in dimension and weighing 259g.

The 3D sensing means there's a ton of extra cameras. It features a 16 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera, along with a depth and motion tracking camera at the back. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Developer kits have existed since 2014, but it's unclear what the developer uptake is like.

But Tango's room-mapping technology is probably still too abstract to gain mass appeal right away, says Ramon Llamas, an analyst at the IDC research group. On stage he created a virtual environment with deer walking through it and used AR technology to accurately physical objects. Other uses for Tango include using it to learn more about the world around you - maybe pointing the camera at an exhibit in a museum, for example, an option that's already possible with some of Google's partners. The 3D sensing is so precise that it allows you to pick two points on a plane, and it will give you a readout in centimeters.

But, most excitingly, it's modular - meaning you can change its parts by just snapping them in and out, much like the LG G5.

"Today we're taking the next step with the first Tango-enabled phone (Lenovo's PHAB2 Pro)".



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