The Lenovo Phab2 Pro was announced earlier in the year as the first ever Project Tango smartphone with an initial summer release date.
However, summer is no more and the Lenovo Phab2 Pro has yet to materialize. In a bid to take care of the restless audience, the Chinese OEM has come in with a statement confirming that the Phab2 Pro will be here as from this coming month of November. Despite the delays, this is great news, especially given that it’s only a few weeks before November is here.
The Lenovo Phab2 Pro, like the name implies, is a huge phablet with a screen size of 6.4 inches. When it makes its way to the masses, it will be the first to feature Google’s depth-detecting 3D camera system that is capable of scanning the environment around you in a bid to help the users find their way when indoors using maps in addition to visualizing virtual objects in the home, for instance, furniture.
Despite its huge size, Lenovo Phab2 Pro packs modest hardware specs that are far from what we see with major smartphone flagships in the industry. Even though you still get a QHD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, there is a weaker Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC under the hood. This processor has been paired with a RAM of 4GB, which should be enough to power the Project Tango-specific dual cameras on the handset.
Despite the fact that Lenovo Phab2 Pro will be the first smartphone to support Google’s Project Tango, there is no room for the handset when it comes to the newly launched Google Daydream View VR headset. Apparently, there is no AMOLED display screen that is a basic requirement for displaying smooth VR content.
Given that the Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the arguably the best when it comes to AR, buyers of this phone will have to do without VR. If you are more interested in the latter than the former, you may have no option but to settle for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, which come with full support for Daydream VR.
As for the pricing, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro could be available from $499 when it is finally released.