Lenovo announced the first Tango smartphone at the Lenovo Tech World Event called the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The smartphone was developed in collaboration with Google and it’s been more than a year in the making. The phone will redefine the way how we interact with the real world objects.
We are standing at a point where GPS has been pioneering tech in digital world, smartphones use GPS to track location.
Whereas, the Phab Pro 2 goes beyond a step further that brings Augmented Reality at your hand, where it uses software and sensors track motions and map building interiors, including the location of doors and windows or the digital projection of lifelike images and data into a real-life environment.
If Tango fulfills its promise, furniture shoppers will be able to use the Phab 2 Pro to download digital models of couches, chairs and coffee tables to see how they would look in their actual living rooms.
Kids studying the Mesozoic Era would be able to place a virtual Tyrannosaurus or Velociraptor in their home or classroom – and even take selfies with one. The technology would even know when to display information about an artist or a scene depicted in a painting as you stroll through a museum.
Tango will be able to create internal maps of homes and offices on the fly. Google won’t need to build a mapping database ahead of time, as it does with existing services like Google Maps and Street View.
Nonetheless, Tango could raise fresh concerns about privacy if controls aren’t stringent enough to prevent the on-the-fly maps from being shared with unauthorized apps or heisted by hackers.
The Phab 2 Pro features a metal unibody, 6.4-inch QHD IPS touchscreen and particularly has four cameras. There’s an 8 MP front-facing camera, a 16 MP main camera on the rear, as well as a depth-sensing infrared camera and a motion tracking camera – also on the back.
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 chipset, 4GB RAM and has the ability to record 5.1 surround sound in 3D thanks to Dolby Atmos technology. Internal storage is 64GB that is accompanied with a microSD expansion slot and a beefy 4050mAh battery.
Lenovo also announced a special Tango app store will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with the hope to reach 100 apps by year-end. Lenovo says the Phab 2 Pro will retail for $500 when it begins shipping in the US in August. The device is expected to be available throughout the world by mid-September, in advance of Apple’s anticipated release of the iPhone 7.