Lenovo on Thursday unveiled the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, the first smartphone that was developed using Google’s Project Tango technology. This, folks, is the very first consumer-ready Tango smartphone, and there’s a lot to be excited about.
First, if you haven’t heard of Project Tango, it’s Google’s software for mapping the real world. Lenovo added its own technology, too, and you can basically take the smartphone and walk around a room while it pulls in all of the data around you, including measurements between you and each wall, length of the walls, ceiling height and more. This can be used for a number of things, specifically augmented reality in places like museums, where you might point your smartphone at an object and get more information on it. Or, imagine a hyper-accurate map for use in a mall. There’s even a gaming aspect.
The phone is a bit huge, but Lenovo didn’t have much of a choice considering the first Project Tango device was a tablet. You’ll find a 6.4-inch Quad HD display with 2.5D curved glass, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a large 4050mAh battery, dual SIM card slots, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 16MP camera with depth and motion-tracking sensors for Tango.
The PHAB2 Pro will debut this September at $499 in the U.S. and in other markets around the world. Yep, you read that right, it’ll be available here in the United States.