Monster tablet: Google's Project Tango dev slate with 4GB of RAM pops up on the Play Store

Monster tablet: Google's Project Tango dev slate with 4GB of RAM pops up on the Play Store

When Google agreed to let Motorola's handset biz go in the hands of Lenovo for $2.9 bn, the sale didn't include the ATAP team (Advanced Technologies and Projects, not to be confused with Google X) – or the folks behind Project Ara. The same team is also responsible for the moonshot Project Tango – a smartphone or tablet that makes use of two rear cameras and two sensors to create a 3D model of your surroundings. Kind of like Google Street View, except it's indoors and the interior is shot through your smartphone or tablet, and not Google's Trekker.

Monster tablet: Google's Project Tango dev slate with 4GB of RAM pops up on the Play Store
Today, the first Project Tango tablet was made available on the Play Store. Mind you, it's a developer kit and not aimed at the consumer base, though it actually looks good enough to pass for a consumer product (more so than the Project Tango smartphone). Pricing has not yet been listed, but we do have a breakdown of the specs (we've known these for a while now), and they're quite impressive.

The Project Tango Tablet has a 7.02-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1900x1200 (323 ppi), covered with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass (exact iteration unspecified, but likely GC 3). Underneath it, Google has fitted an NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core chipset with four cores that peak at 2.3GHz and a Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores. The memory loaded onto the device is also quite impressive – we're looking at a whopping 4GB of RAM and very generous, 128GB of microSD-expandable storage (additional 128 gigs). There's a 1MP front-facing camera with fixed focus and an IR LED along with a 4MP rear cam with an RGB-IR sensor and (relatively) giant, 2µm pixels. The latter shooter is also joined by a tertiary, motion tracking camera and a 3D depth sensing sensor. All of this is powered by a hearty, 4,960 mAh battery pack (which is actually comprised of two 2,480 mAh cells). Still not impressed? How do dual, front-facing stereo speakers sound? No? Okay, we're out.

The only real downside to the slate are the fact that it seems like it will run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and not 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and its bulky dimensions – it measures in at 4.71 x 7.73 x 0.6 in (119.77 x 196.33 x 15.36 mm) and weighs 13.1 oz (370 g). You might still be thinking, "Hey, that's still not so bad", but do keep in mind that preliminary info points towards a price tag of upwards of $1,000. If that wasn't enough, these devices will be sold as-is, so you'll likely be out of luck it it arrives defective. A true dev device, in other words.

We still want it.


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20 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Looks like a lumpy shield tablet... Cool collector's item for those who got pennies to toss down a wishing well....

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

How is buying this wasting one's money when we do not know the price yet?

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Didn't state it was "wasting one's money"... Don't read so much into a post, child. It's not that serious, OK. Oh and since you're obviously on a literary trip, where I'm from "Child" is a what we call each other no matter how grown you are, so heads up before you find a way to make the statement offensive or some sh*t... :)

2. wilsong17 unregistered

Waiting for the price tag look like a beast

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

PhoneArena...stop it!!! Stop saying that it is a negative because something runs on KitKat. What a bunch of mularkey to write that...where do you find these authors? KitKat is just fine...nothing wrong with any device that runs on KitKat and not on 5.0. In fact, lollipop is still not complete as 5.1 will be out soon.

16. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I prefer Kitkat right now, instead of Android L :/

6. DeDex

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The back reminds me of a mix between Kindle Voyage and Wii U Gamepad for some reason.

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

nvidia 64 bit k1 processor with 4 cores!!.... nexus 9 has 2 cores..... eagerly waiting for benchmarks....

8. FluffyBled unregistered

Damn the K1 will be a beast ... just hope it doesn't overheat!

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Doesn't this tab used A15s instead of Denver cores? There is no quad core 64bit K1

11. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes it's old hardware.

10. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

in before commenters saying "overpriced piece of sh*t" or "google's ripping people off" its a DEVELOPER DEVICE. it's not meant for you to play candy crush on it.

12. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

So confused, 32 bit Tegra K1, Android 4.4.2 (Not 64 bit) but 4 gigs of RAM? What is life?

13. Busyboy unregistered

It has the dual core K1 which is 64bit. Not to be confused with the quad core K1 which is 32bit.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I though 32-bit had a ram limit of 4.3 GB So for 4.4+ GB of ram you'd need 64-bit

17. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It is obviously going to get Android Lollipop with 64Bit, did you fall on your head and forget about updates?

14. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Read what Project Tango are about first:https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project Tegra K1 Kepler is old Quad Core SoC which is 32 bit and Nvidia Sheld tablet has it. New K1 Denver is the new SoC which is dual core 64 bit and in Nexus 9.

18. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Wait so it has 128GB built in AND a microSD slot? Hmmmm...

19. kevintangi

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Looks like an office calculator to me

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its wouldn't be the first 4gb android device,the tronsmart Draco runs octocore and 4gb ram

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