The Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first smartphone to feature Google's Project Tango technology. An ambitious augmented reality platform gives the mobile phone the ability to “sense” the environment. In addition to the Phab2 Pro smartphone, the company presented to the public two more mid-range models Phab2 Plus and Phab2, but without Project Tango support.
Project Tango isn't just about graphics that overlap with what the phone's camera sees. It is a technology that simulates the environment in three dimensions. This makes navigation more accurate, games more immersive, and applications can take advantage of the ability to read their surroundings without GPS or preloaded maps.
The Phab2 Pro is a fairly large smartphone, similar in size to a tablet, with a 6.4-inch Quad HD screen (2560 x 1440 pixels). It weighs 259 grams, which is 65% heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or iPhone 6s Plus.
Lenovo notes that the device uses three primary technologies powered by additional sensors: motion tracking, depth sensing, and region memory. The smartphone is capable of conducting 250 thousand measurements per second.
If you're trying to figure out exactly what Project Tango does, imagine seeing what a virtual sofa looks like in your living room, and then walk around it in 3D on your smartphone screen. It is also possible to get clear instructions on how to find a way in a large office where GPS signals are not picked up.
Lenovo says all three Phab2 smartphones will be available worldwide from September this year.