Lenovo, a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology, has announced the launch of the world’s first consumer smartphone powered by Tango, a new technology from Google that enables augmented reality (AR) gaming and utilities.
The PHAB2 Pro, as the device is called, transforms how we interact with our surroundings by enabling mobile devices to detect their position relative to the world around them, unlocking AR experiences via customized apps.
Specifically, you’ll see objects and information overlaid onto the real world when you look through the smartphone.
You can measure objects with just your device, or visualize furniture like a new table or sofa to see how it looks in your home. Or simply play with your virtual pet.
The PHAB2 Pro is able to do all this because it uses three core technologies – motion tracking, depth perception and area learning – to sense its surroundings.
Lowe, a home improvement company is one of the first partners to develop a Tango-enabled app called Lowe’s Vision.
The app makes home design and renovation easier by empowering customers by to measure spaces and visualize how products like appliances and décor, or materials like countertops or backsplash tile, will all look and fit together in a room.
Lowe’s Home Improvement.
With Lowe’s Vision, customers will be able to control a new generation of AR tools with a mere tap of the finger.
The device comes with amazing specs. It spots 3 cameras for rendering 3D images, fingerprint sensor, Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology, 4050 mAh battery, et al.
Also, it spots a 64 GB ROM, 4 GB RAM, Snapdragon processor that’s optimized for Tango apps, and comes in two colour variants – gunmetal grey and champagne gold.
The smartphone will sell for US$499 beginning this summer in the U.S. at select Lowe’s stores nationwide and online by the end of the year. It will be available worldwide at a yet-to-be-announced date.
The PHAB2 Pro was announced at the on-going Tech World 2016 in San Francisco, US. Lenovo also announced the PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus, and Moto Z and Moto Z Force.