Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, the first smartphone to feature Google’s Tango technology, will launch next month following earlier delays. The device is capable of mapping indoor spaces in 3D using a complex camera array, opening the door for some interesting augmented reality applications.
Clay Bavor, who runs Google’s VR and AR efforts, confirmed the news to CNET after Tuesday’s press event. The Phab 2 Pro was originally slated to launch this summer, but last month the release was quietly pushed into fall. It’s set to cost $499 unlocked in the U.S.
Bavor also noted that the Phab 2 Pro won’t run Google’s upcoming Daydream virtual reality software, which is set to debut on the company’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. However, he hinted that a Tango-Daydream smartphone might be coming later down the line.
“You can imagine in the future you won’t have to make a choice, but that’s a bit further out,” Bavor told CNET.
Beyond its 3D-mapping cameras, the Phab 2 Pro comes packed with plenty of powerful hardware. That includes a large 6.4-inch Quad HD display, a 4,050mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a Snapdragon 652 chip that’s optimized for Tango. It’s also equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
If you’re interested in trying out Tango, then the Lenovo Phab 2 should be on your radar. It’s set to launch in retail locations such as Lowe’s, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.