Project Tango is one of Google’s pioneer projects which enables mobile devices to use computer vision to determine their position with respect to the world without using external navigation tools like GPS.
Google is experimenting this first on Phab 2 Pro that is one of Lenovo’s upcoming phablets. The company had announced the arrival of the Phab 2 Pro in June 2016 stating that it would be available for purchase by summer in September. Unfortunately, the market release did not happen although the manufacturer did not comment anything on this.However, the company’s US website has claimed that the handset will be available this fall. In other words, you can expect the phablet to be launched in a couple of months’ time, which can at the earliest be October. There is no assurance of when the shipment will take place.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is a really big phablet with a screen size of 6.4 inches. The Quad HD screen supports 2K display and has an excellent pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560. The manufacturer is yet to reveal details pertaining to pixel density although it is not expected to be a letdown. On the whole, texts and images are bound to have really good clarity while appearing to be really sharp.
With the implementation of Tango, the Phab 2 Pro is expected to analyze its surroundings using computer aided area and vision learning technologies. Interestingly, the device has more cameras than you would expect. This is to say that while most mobile devices have a rear camera and a front camera or two rear shooters and one front shooter, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro houses four cameras. Apart from the standard 16MP rear RGB camera and 8MP front camera, the phablet has a motion tracking snapper and a depth-sensing infrared snapper coupled with an imager and a fish eye lens. The handset can record both 4K and 360-degree videos. The 16MP camera offers all the standard features like autofocus, HDR and PDAF. The augmented reality mode incorporated into the camera presents a number of characters when the mode is activated. When you tap and choose one of these characters, it appears superimposed on the surroundings that you can click. For example, if you select a dragon and are clicking a shot of your brand new couch, you can create a shot that makes it appear as if the dragon is resting on your couch! Added to this, you can have some fun time by performing various activities with the character that you have selected.
The Lenovo phablet integrates three distinct technologies – area learning, motion tracking and depth perception. 3D mapping and projections, as well as measuring objects are others highlights thanks to the support for augmented reality.The device has the ability to capture more than 25,000 measurements in one second. Using a gamut of sensors apart from the standard fingerprint sensor, it can represent an indoor area and other spaces in a 3D map format.
Under the hood, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has some really good configuration to offer a seamless and smooth experience. Housed with 4GB RAM, the handset comes packed with 64GB storage. You can add on to this storage by another 128GB by using an external memory card. As for the operating system, the phablet is loaded with a fairly recent version of Android – Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device is integrated with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 central processor. While it is not known what graphics processor is used, it is certain that a special GPU that supports Tango will find its place in the phablet.
The handset also has a massive 4,050 mAh battery that facilitates turbo charging. It supports multiple connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC and 3.5 mm headphones.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will be preloaded with 25 Tango apps and various real world apps. These real world apps display a product to help users understand how it will actually look. This can help in making an informed decision before actually buying it.
According to a website announcement, the company has declared that its phablet is targeted for launch only in Asia Pacific markets where its smartphones have made their presence before. No information is available about the phablet making its presence in other parts of the globe. Based on the expected price stated by the manufacturer, it is evident that the device intends to cater to the upper middle class consumer group. For the color savvy folks, the Phab Pro 2 is being made available in gunmetal gray and champagne gold options.