Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro launches Nov 1st, Google’s Tango AR platform is ready for its debut

Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro launches Nov 1st, Google’s Tango AR platform is ready for its debut
Google has been working on a few interesting projects for a while now, and it looks like the company is starting to get these new ideas into customers' hands. Following a successful commercial debut of the Pixel smartphone series, Google is finally ready to launch its first (Project) Tango device, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The device will launch in the United States next week on November 1st and will be available for purchase unlocked at a price of $499.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was shown on stage at the 2016 edition of MWC in Barcelona back in March. At the time, Lenovo said that the Phab 2 Pro will launch in the summer, but as that didn't come to pass, the device was recently confirmed to be delayed until at some point in November. That point has been now set for the first of the month.

Tango, formerly Project Tango, is a 3D positioning platform that can create a map of your surroundings. It represents Google's best bet in the emerging augmented reality (AR) niche and one of the most promising AR platforms overall. From what we can tell, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will land with demo software such as an app that allows users to virtually overlay works of art in their living room and one that creates 3D alien planet experiences and renders them on top of the physical world. 

Here is a sneak-peak at the AR features that Lenovo demoed on stage back as MWC 2016:



At this point, it remains to be seen if Tango will become a primary destination for developers looking to create AR content. Despite Tango's enormous potential, Google has yet to lock in its success in the AR space. 

As far as the hardware is concerned, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch LCD running at 2560 by 1440 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, and 4GB of RAM. Note, however, that the Phab 2 Pro isn't your run-of-the-mill Android slab. Helping Project Tango are a special camera system (which includes a 16MP primary sensor on the back) as well as a custom GPU.


source: Lenovo

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9 Comments

1. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Will this be anywhere but Lowe's and Worst Buy?

3. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I assume you'll be able to buy it from Amazon or directly from Lenovo's website.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Tango and the AR apps have been out for a long time, especially since Google has been selling their Tango tablet for quite some time.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This phone can be used to map out objects or spaces around you. This is really cool stuff.

2. anewhope

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

What about the other 2 cheaper versions...phab2 plus and phab 2....whennnnnn i need the giant screen!

4. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

The Phab 2 (the cheapest model) is already on sale on Lenovo's website. http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/smartphones/phab-series/phab2/

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Phab 2 is completely different from the pro version. Different processors (MediaTek vs Qualcomm), different amounts of ram, the pro has 3 camera's on the back, and is much faster.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Phab 2 is completely different from the pro version. Different processors (MediaTek vs Qualcomm), different amounts of ram, the pro has 3 camera's on the back, and is much faster.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I have been waiting for this phone every since I heard about it. Tango might be fun but I really want a replacement for my Sony Xperia Z Ultra and this looks it. There are several similar looking and similarly spec'd Chinese phones but this seems to be the only one that will be official in the USA.

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