Lenovo may unveil its Project Tango device on June 9, could feature 6.4-inch screen

Lenovo may unveil its Project Tango device on June 9, could feature 6.4-inch screen
Back in January, at CES 2016, Lenovo and Google announced that they would be joining forces to develop a Project Tango-based device. In case you have forgotten about Google's ambitious undertaking, Project Tango aims to push 3D mapping and augmented reality to the next level on mobile devices, without using GPS and other external signals.

Ahead of the expected official announcement of the device on June 9, notorious leak meister Evan Blass tweeted that what Lenovo and Google might have in stock could be a 6.4-inch phablet with a Quad HD screen:



Will Evan turn out right once again? We'll know for sure at this week's Lenovo Tech World event.

Project Tango devices are to be loaded with cameras, as last year's prototype tablets featured a 4MP rear camera, 180-degree fish eye lens, a front-facing camera with 120-degree filed of vision and a depth camera shooting at 180 x 320 pixels. All those are needed for the ambitious 3D mapping and measurement capabilities that Google is envisioning for future devices built on the platform.

Back at CES, Lenovo and Google announced that the new device will be priced at no more than $500. At this price point, and with such a feature set, the purported phablet might turn out to be a great for both professional needs and entertainment.

Source: Evan Blass via Android Authority

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22 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Can somebody explain Project Tango to me? The article lays out basic information, but what's the actual "advancement" it offers?

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

With every purchase; you get a kilogram of Tang... Tang-O

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao! +1

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nobody knows

14. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Project tango is about 1. viewing the world in 3D, you get more information once you have depth (distance to objects from device), you can calculate there exact size, so augmented reality (imagining a table in corner, but precisely how it would fit and all). 2. localization - Locating where are you. 3. mapping - create a 3d map.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well there. Is a few cools thing about the tango. Is it can give you somewhat acurite measurements. If you hold it and move it correctly. The other thing that is really cool is if you are working with 3D (VR) or opengl, and would like to create a 3D representative view of a room or place or item. Then it's easy to map out with a tango device. So all a developer would have to do once the object is mapped, is put some texture mappings over top of some of points or areas that were already mapped out by the tango device. Saves a lot of time. There are a lot of other uses as well. But those are the areas I have used it.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Simple. You could use your device to map your building into a 3d model. So yeah i could make a mod for fallout 4 so i can go kill stuff inside my office building by example. The device can also be used to take measurement. So its basically a wireless tool thats could replace many current generation tool for modeling and stuff for a fraction of the cost!

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! 6.4"...! I wouldn't call it a 'Phablet'... "Freaklet" would be a tad bit more appropriate, now wouldn't it...???

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

No...

21. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I would call it the REAL phablet. I think 5.2"-5.9" would be the normal size phone. 6" - 6.9" would be called phablet 4.5"-5.1" would be called mini

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

It's hololens or nothing

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

This can be used to make stuff to be used with the hololens lol.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Seriously, a mapping tablet with a 4mp camera?! A mapping tablet should have these specs: - accelerometer, gyro, and a proximity sensors with a dedicated software, from which in default is available for the user and doesn't needed to find a third party software from the play store. - The camera should have been at least 13mp with an OIS for faster 3D mapping. - At the back of the camera should have a two laser designators for accurate 3D mapping of an area. - The processor needed to be used in 3D mapping should be a Tegra X1 processor, or a snapdragon 820. Or even an exynos if the user desires more battery life at the cost of performance and time delays. - It should have 5,000 mah battery life with fast charging tech.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

4MP is just for prototype - I guess all required software will be ready out-of-box - camera MPs an OIS wont help 3D mapping become faster - why need 2 laser when it already have depth camera sensor the last 2 is just common sense

8. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Google is lost in AR.I guess the train is heading to Microsoft direction

22. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Microsoft?? The company that lost on mobile war? The company that lost on search engine war? Balmer really make microsoft become the weak.

9. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Should Microsoft come with surface pro-like tablet with tango-like feature, Google will be doomed

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Microsoft and Google been working closer lately. would not be surprised to see a surface pro tablet running dual boot android and windows with tango features on it.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

tango features....you mean HoloLens features? It is already built into the windows core...

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Project Tango is about making the existing 3D landscaping tool accessible and cost effective. Nothing to do with Microsoft surface book pro, which is Microsoft attempt to grab premium notebook market share from their OEM partners.

10. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Can't wait for project tango reaching the mass market. Not for VR, but generally to map a room, and share it.

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