Project Tango has been inching closer and closer to being a consumer product, and Lenovo has finally helped to make that happen. The Phab2 Pro will be the world’s first Tango smartphone, finally offering a way to buy into Google’s augmented reality vision.
Being a Tango-enabled smartphone means the Phab2 Pro can offer experiences that you’re not going to find in another smartphone. It can track space and motion, which is key to what Tango is capable of, and can be used to do things like map out home layout designs and visualize what new decor or appliances will look like. Lowe’s is partnering with the tech and implementing it in their app, too, so you’ll actually be able to see it in action right away.
The Tango features aren’t the only things here, though. Lenovo has built a very solid phone with a premium design that also features some pretty capable specs, including a Snapdragon 652 CPU that’s powering a ton of unique modules. It also supports Dolby Audio Capture and Dolby Atmos 5.1 playback, playing into the fact that the Phab2 Pro is aware of everything around you. It uses 3 microphones and an impressive 16-megapixel camera to make that happen.
The Phab2 Pro is big, though, with a 6.4-inch 2560×1440 display.
Lenovo also announced the Phab2 Plus and the cheaper Phab2. The Phab2 Plus offers identical hardware, but with a dual-camera setup and better image processing, while the Phab2 offers a slightly more affordable package that still keeps the AR capabilities.
The Phab2 starts at an incredibly affordable $199, while the Plus will cost $299 and the Pro will cost $499. They’ll go on sale in September, with the Pro going on sale in certain Lowe’s locations in the US by the end of the year.
Who’s ready for some Project Tango phones?