At Tech World 2016 in Silicon Valley, Lenovo introduced several breakthrough products and concepts. One being the world’s first Google Project Tango-enabled smartphone—the PHAB2 Pro. Tango enables high-performance augmented reality (AR) gaming and utilities on your mobile.
Tango brings some magical experiences to everyday life—from gaming to home improvement; to indoor navigation, shopping and learning. It uses a set of sensors and software that senses and maps its surroundings.
Check out how Lenovo and Project Tango reimagines the Barcelona Museum:
In terms of design, the PHAB2 Pro is unapologetically a phablet, like the PHAB Plus. So it may feel unwieldy, although its slim 8.9mm profile may help make it less so. The aluminum unibody is pretty stunning, available in Champagne Gold or Gunmetal Grey trim.
It features 2.5D curved glass on the front, housing the 6.4-inch QHD intelligent assertive display. Flip it to the back and you’ll see how it stands out from other smartphones. It comes with a triple-camera set-up that lets it wield its 3D and AR magic. The Tango camera uses motion tracking, depth perception and area learning—able to capture more than 250,000 measurements in a second.
Under the hood, the PHAB2 Pro is quite a beast, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Definitely flagship-totting specs, plus it also has the famed Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 with Dolby Atmos playback capabilities.
The 4G LTE device is backed by a massive 4,050mAh battery that supports turbo-charging.
Also part of the PHAB2 family are the dual-camera PHAB2 Plus and entry-level PHAB2.
Pricing and availability
The PHAB2 starts at US$199/MYR812; PHAB2 Plus at US$299/MYR1,220 and PHAB2 Pro starts at US$499/MYR2,036. All will be available globally beginning in September. In the US, the PHAB2 Pro will be sold at select Lowe’s stores nationwide and online by end of the year.