Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is better known as the company’s first Project Tango phone. Indeed, it’s the world’s first consumer device to use Google’s Tango technology, eschewing – or, more accurately, enhancing – traditional GPS with a variety of camera-based location and positioning systems. It means that, unlike a regular smartphone which gets confused about location when indoors, the Phab 2 Pro should have a much better understanding of where it is.
How that understanding will be used depends on app developers. Initially, gaming and augmented reality are expected to be the big appeal for Phab 2 Pro – and Tango tech in general – with apps for positioning virtual furniture and appliances in your home taking advantage of its ability to overlay virtual items atop a real-world view. Games that do something similar, but fill your space with enemies to be blasted, virtual dominos to be toppled off real objects, and dinosaurs to be learned about are also in the pipeline.
The phone itself is a big device, with a 6.4-inch 2560 x 1440 2K display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor “built for Tango”, and 4GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and has a triple microphone array and Dolby Atmos/Dolby Audio Capture 5.1. Of course, it’s the visual sensors that are really special, and that includes a 16-megapixel RGB with fast focus camera on the back together with a depth sensor and motion-tracking fisheye sensor, plus an 8-megapixel camera on the front.