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Lenovo's Phab2 Pro will be the first Google Project Tango AR smartphone

Agam Shah | June 10, 2016
Lenovo's Phab2 Pro smartphone, developed with Google, has a 6.4-inch quad HD screen, and will ship for US$499 in August.

The smartphone was announced earlier this year at CES by Lenovo and Google, but specifications weren't finalized at the time. The companies started collaborating on Project Tango in mid-2015, and they plan to bring computer vision to devices like virtual reality headsets, Meredith said.

Lenovo is encouraging the development of apps for Project Tango devices. There are seven to eight apps written that it helped fund as part of the Project Tango App Incubator program, but more should follow. More than 100 Tango apps are also available on the Tango website, a Google representative said.

For example, Project Tango devices could guide a user to the right platform in a subway station using contextual and positional awareness, Meredith said.

Google has suggested Project Tango could be used in stores -- devices could guide users through aisles to specific products, and then to cashiers by mapping “check out” signs.

Google has said Project Tango devices will also be able to map out entire homes and offices.

The Phab2 Pro will be improved over time. Object measurements aren't accurate to the millimeter today, but that should get better, Meredith said.

The smartphone's screen displays images at a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The handset weighs 259 grams and measures 10.7-millimeters at its thickest point. It has dual nano-SIM slots, 64GB of storage, 4GB of memory, and a micro-SD slot for up to 128GB of extra storage. The handset has a 4050 milliamp-hour battery that can provide 18 hours of talk time and 13 days of standby time.

Lenovo also announced the Phab2 Plus, which has a 6.4-inch full high-definition screen. It runs on a MediaTek quad-core processor, has 32GB of storage, and 3GB of RAM. It has a micro-SD slot for up to 128GB of external storage, and it offers 23 hours of talk time and 17 hours of standby time. It weighs 218 grams and is 9.6 millimeters thick. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. It will ship in September starting at $299.

Lenovo also announced the $199 Phab2, which has a 6.4-inch screen and 16GB of storage. It will ship in September.

 

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