Google’s Project Tango has remained to be a mystery for many fans of augmented reality out there, but is now a reality thanks to the Lenovo Phab2 Pro phablet.
Like the name suggests, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro is indeed a huge device, but this is not only about size, but also about its capability.
There are many mobile apps that are based on augmented reality, however, the newly launched Phab2 Pro, which came to life via the IFA 2016 event, takes everything you know about augmented reality to the next level. Unlike apps where users simply paste virtual objects over the real-world camera view of the phone, a case that almost resembles the likes of Pokémon Go, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro now brings the ability to actually see and interact with these virtual objects like you would do if they were in the same room with you.
To make things even cooler, Lenovo went for a wide-angle lens on the Phab2 Pro camera and this is accompanied by an infrared projector as well as camera that is meant to scan the entire room while looking for a true sense of both depth and geometry. These, alongside high-quality orientation sensors, are necessary for Project Tango augmented reality in order to accurately track the movement of the device in question in the real world.
The new Lenovo Phab2 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch display panel that should be cool enough to deliver the best AR views. As expected, the phablet will be powered by Google’s Android OS while under the hood, you get a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 652 SoC that has been paired with a decent 4GB of RAM.
Project Tango devices do not need an external camera in order to keep tabs on your moves around a given room. Furthermore, there is no need of tethering these devices to a PC or even gaming console in order to take advantage of it. In essence, the platform is something similar to what Microsoft has in the shape of HoloLens. With such a device, users will have more freedom as compared to the likes of using HTC Vive or even Oculus Rift, among other VR devices. Whether this Lenovo Phab2 Pro will also see Google Daydream make the cut is still unknown, but don’t be surprised if the two – Project Tango and Daydream – end up intertwining.
In terms of pricing, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro has a price tag of $499, but don’t expect the phone’s availability to be as easy as the likes of Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or even the iPhone. Instead, it is possible that the handset could be targeting a niche market.
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