Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango is finally here

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We’ve waited a while for it, and a recent delay only served to whet our appetites even further, but finally the first smartphone sporting Google’s Tango AR technology is available to order. That’s right, the first Tango smartphone, Lenovo‘s giant Phab 2 Pro, is officially available to purchase in the United States, and at a pretty reasonable price too, coming in at just $499. Join us after the break for more details.

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The world’s first Tango-enabled handset means that the Phab 2 Pro carries three cameras on the rear panel consisting of the main 16MP RGB fast focus camera, a depth sensor and a motion tracking sensor with a fish-eye lens that helps with ultra-wide panorama photos. There’s an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.4um big pixel on the front of the phone for taking selfies and video chat. A fingerprint scanner is also present just below the cameras.

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So how does augmented reality work? Well, the three sensors on the rear panel serve to map the user’s surroundings, providing the information and the scenario to the AR apps, and that allows the user to view an enriched environment. Whereas you may be stood in an ordinary coffee shop to the casual observer, thanks to the Phab 2 Pro’s sensors, you may actually be battling predator-like monsters that are climbing over the counter to get you. Of course, the experience all depends on which AR app you are using. You can use the AR technology to help you measure up a room for new furniture, play dominos on your kitchen table, raise a digital pet, or any amount of virtual scenarios.

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Besides featuring AR and VR technology, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro sports an aluminum unibody design. 2.5G curved glass, a huge 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, a Snapdragon 652 processor that was custom-built for Tango, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and MicroSD card support.

With a 6.4-inch display, you can expect some sizable dimensions and the Phab 2 Pro certainly isn’t a tiny phone being 88.57mm wide and 179.83mm long, it also isn’t the lightest phone around at 259 grams.

The Phab 2 Pro supports Dolby’s Atmos sound technology and is able to record audio in Dolby 5.1 surround thanks to its triple array of speakers with active noise-cancellation. In case you were wondering, there is a 3.5mm audio jack present on the top of the device.

Connectivity wise, the Phab 2 Pro supports dual nano-SIM’s, as well as WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz). There’s a non-removable 4,050mAh battery storing the power, which you can top up using Fast Charging, it’s unclear at the moment whether it’s Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology or something proprietary from Lenovo. Finally, the Phab 2 Pro runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

You can order the Phab 2 Pro directly from Lenovo’s US site for $499. For the moment, it’s only available in Gunmetal Grey although it will be possible to order it in Champagne Gold in the future. While you can place an order for the handset today, just be warned that there is a 4-5 week lead time on shipping.

What do you think of the Phab 2 Pro? Does this first Tango enable smartphone tempt you, or does the size of the massive 6.4-inch display bother you?Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).