At the Lenovo Tech World 2016 in San Francisco, Lenovo has unveiled the first consumer device with Google's Tango augmented reality technology -- Phab 2 Pro. This comes along with two other successors for the PHAB and PHAB Plus smartphones, namely PHAB 2 and PHAB 2 Plus phablets.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s Tango technology comes with a wide-angle camera and special depth-sensing unit to the main 16MP rear camera. This means that it can map out the physical surroundings, or project virtual effects in a real-world space. To say, the size of the room or the presence of other people.
Lenovo is demonstrating Tango technology with a variety of apps, including VR shooting games, educational app, etc. If Tango fulfills its promise, using Phab2 Pro, customers will be able to download the digital models of coffee tables to see how they would look like in their actual room. Or, it can display information about an artist or a scene depicted in a painting as you stroll through a museum.
According to Lenovo, the device will come loaded with about 25 apps ranging from games to location-based apps to utilities in a special app store and it expects 100 apps to be available by the end of the year. Although Lenovo brought another milestone to the smartphone market, the technology is in its early stage of development. Alongside Tango technology, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro features an oversized 6.4-inch display and a metal construction. The display is quad HD and the device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Fingerprint scanner, 4000mAh battery, 16MP cam, etc. are the other specs.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will come with a price tag of $500 in the U.S. by August. The device is expected to be available in other international markets by mid-September, in advance of the release of Apple iPhone 7.
Coming to the other two models, PHAB 2 Plus is the high-end, featuring 6.4-inch 1080p 2.5D Curved Glass display, dual 13MP rear cameras with Futjitsu Milbeaut ISPs, Laser AF, PDAF, and LED flash. The front-facing camera is that of an 8MP. The processor is 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT8783 with Mali-T720 GPU on top. There is a 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus comes with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS with Vibe UI on top. It supports Hybrid dual SIM. In terms of connectivity, it supports 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 4050mAh battery completes the package. Phab 2 Plus will come with a price tag of $299.
Lenovo PHAB 2 comes with 6.4-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor with Mali-T720 GPU, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). Located at the rear of the device is a 13MP shooter with LED Flash, PDAF and in the front there is a 5MP front-facing camera with 85-degree wide-angle lens. For connectivity, this Lenovo smartphone supports 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The device runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS with Vibe UI on top. A 4050mAh battery completes the package.
Lenovo PHAB 2 come in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colors and start at $199 (13,275 approx.)