Lenovo unveiled the world’s first smartphone fueled by Google’s Project Tango (or just 'Tango', as it is now known) computer vision efforts, at the company's Tech World event in San Francisco.
Called PHAB2 Pro, the phone runs on Android Marshmallow, has a huge 6.4″ display running at 2560×1440, 64 GB of internal storage, 4 GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4050mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the case. So what is new, you ask?
The big thing about the phone is its augmented reality capabilities. It has a whole array of sensors on the rear that make it 'Tango' enabled – the first phone to be able to claim as much.
So what then is Tango? First announced about two years ago, Project Tango is Google’s effort to bring hardcore computer vision capabilities to phones and tablets, giving those devices a sense of where they are in a room and what is around them. Imagine being able to wave your device around to scan a room to create an accurate 3d model, then dropping properly scaled renders of furniture you’re considering right into the room. ; imagine augmented reality games that can be played on your table top, characters climbing over and falling off the table’s edges.
It is still early days, but the PHAB2 Pro has proved that Tango — or, at the very least, the broader concept of complex, hardware-driven augmented reality — has legs. To try it, the PHAB 2 Pro will be available globally by September, with an off-contract price of $500.