Lenovo builds the first of a whole new breed of smartphone


Lenovo announced three devices — the Phab2 , Phab2 Plus , Phab2 Pro at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 in San Francisco on Thursday, but it is the Phab2 Pro that has caught the attention of gadget lovers. It is the world’s first handset with Google’s Tango augmented reality (AR) technology.

Tango technology is a set of sensors and software from Google that senses and maps its surroundings, making smartphone AR experiences possible.

The new Phab2 Pro phone will use software and sensors to track motions and map building interiors. A new smartphone from Lenovo will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room’s size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people.

“We believe that devices with positional tracking functionality will be pervasive and are happy that the PHAB2 Pro will introduce these new capabilities, making your phone even more useful,” said Johnny Lee, engineering director at Google, in a statement.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has a metal body and a fingerprint sensor. It sports a 6.4-inch Quad-HD IPS display with 2,560×1,440 resolution, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC processor, and comes packed with a 64GB internal memory (with microSD card slot) and a 4GB RAM. The device also mounts a 16MP camera and houses a Dolby AudioTM Capture 5.1 with Dolby Atmos playback capabilities.

Lenovo says the phone will sell for $500 when it begins shipping in August.

The device is expected to be on store shelves by mid-September, in advance of Apple’s anticipated release of the iPhone 7.

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