We have been hearing about Google’s Tango technology from quite some time and it is now that the technology has finally made it to a consumer product. The Lenovo Phab2 Pro unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World is the first phone with Tango-Enabled AR. The possibilities about how one could leverage the Augmented Reality in the Tango is only limited to our imagination and how well Google will support the project further. Unlike the VR, augmented reality makes use of one’s surrounding’s and adds additional elements. People could virtually play dominos on their table or maybe save their homes from the evil monsters.

The key to Project Tango lies in the fact that it comes with some great indoor mapping capabilities which when leveraged can render the most optimum AR experience.  Project Tango was the brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which along with Lenovo decided to bring Computer Vision Processing to the smartphone.

Tango comes with inherent ability to sense physical motion and the spatial arrangement’s this has helped it to alter the way with which we interact with our surrounding’s. Apart from the Augmented Reality capabilities the Phab2 Pro does come equipped with the standard features. The shapes up in the form of a 6.4-inch QHD unit along with 2.5D Curved aluminium. On the imaging front Lenovo has decided to fit the Phab2 Pro with a 16-Megapixel primary sensor with PDAF, depth sensor and tracking sensors. The secondary camera is 8-Megapixel unit with F2.2.


Lenovo Phab2 Pro is driven by a Snapdragon 652 which is tweaked to support Tango and is paired with a generous 4GB of RAM. The device offers 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that can accommodate another 128GB. Phab2 Pro runs on Android Marshmallow and is backed by a mammoth 4050mAh battery pack along with fast charging support.

The Lenovo Phab2 Pro looks sleek with the thinned out bezels and the unibody aluminium body but at 10.7-mm it is very likely that the device might feel a bit chunky. Lenovo seems to have left no stones unturned in making the Phab 2 Pro a cringe worthy offering, the phone also comes with 360-voice, a technology that Lenovo is banking upon to improve the voice quality drastically by using Triple Array Microphones alongside Noise cancelling algorithms. I would also like to reckon that Lenovo Phab2 Pro also features Dolby Audio Capture 5.1.

At $499 I would go all the way and call the Phab2 Pro a no brainer, atleast feature wise. It is laudable that Lenovo has paired with Google to bring in the Tango at a rather affordable price point, just as the company was promising all along. All thanks to the Myriad 1 chip that would enable the phone to map the motion, depth, interpreting spatial and also churning out motion data. I am sure that the developers will pick the cue and develop some amazing apps for Project Tango. Apart from the smartphone the Myriad chip can also be used in wearable device like the Google Glass.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.


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