I am sure most of you have heard about the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Google’s first Project Tango device. But for those who still don’t understand the deal about Project Tango, this is for you.
Simply put, Project Tango is a Google platform for giving phones and tablets a sense of space, it wants to help boost augmented reality experiences. In this case, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has been equipped to use a variety of sensors to detect physical motion and space that will let users interact with their surroundings. It will use three types of technology for this, the first is motion-tracking – using the phone camera to track the visuals of the environment, the accelerometer and the gyroscope in order to track where you are in a room. Second is area learning, where Project Tango will take information it has had in the past and enhance it with other elements such as notes or points of interest in a location. Third is depth perception to track how far away surfaces are.
Still confused? How about some real-life instances?
Remember Hololens, Microsoft’s augmented reality device? With Lenovo Phab 2 Pro you can have a Hololens-like mixed reality without spending so much (Just $499). For example, you can use Tango’s ability to check out how furniture would look in your actual home before buying it. Or you could get an estimate of your home’s square footage without actually measuring it.
You could also engage in virtual games where the castle walls are actually located where your home wall is, so walking around virtual objects means you are walking around real-life objects.
According to Google, “With a Tango-enabled phone, you also have a toy box, a solar system, and a pet shop in your pocket. You can play with a huge set of dominoes, explore the planets, defend yourself from invading aliens, or feed your virtual dog—all through your phone. The best part is that you don’t have to clean up afterward.”
For all the Tango-ready apps on Google Play Store, go here.
Meanwhile, check out the specifications on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
|Dimensions||179.8 x 88.6 x 10.7mm (7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42″)|
|Weight||259 grams (9.14 ounces)|
|Display Type||IPS LCD, Touchscreen Screen, Multitouch|
|Resolution||2560×1440 (3,686,400 pixels)|
|Density (PPI)||459 PPI|
|Color Bits (# colors)||16,777,216 Colors 24 Bits|
|Display Diagonal||6.4″ (16.26 cm)|
|Screen To Body Ratio|
|Main camera||Phab 2 Pro|
|Other Camera Hardware Features||HDR, Phase Detection AF|
|Camera Software Features||Face Detection, Geo Tagging|
|Secondary camera||Phab 2 Pro|
|Memory & Storage||Phab 2 Pro|
|Memory Card Type||MicroSD (256 GB max)|
|Built-In Storage||64 GB|
|Max. Total Storage Capacity||320 GB|
|Battery||Phab 2 Pro|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||4050 mAh|
|Wireless Charging Integrated||No|
|Processor/Soc Name||MSM8976 Snapdragon 652|
|# CPU Cores||4|
|CPU Frequency||1.4 GHz|
|Operating System (OS)||Android 6.0|
|SIM Type||Nano SIM|
|LTE Category||cat7 301.5 Mbps|
|Audio Alerts||mp3, vibration, wav|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Proximity Sensor|
|WiFi Features||WiFi Hotspot, WiFi Direct|
|Bluetooth Support||Version 4.0|
|USB Port Type||Micro USB|
|Proprietary Data Connector||No|
|Multimedia||Phab 2 Pro|
|Video Playback Formats||h.264, mp4|
There has been a lot of talk about whether we have reached peak smartphone, but thanks to Phab 2 Pro and Project Tango it might appear that we are far from reaching that peak.
So, yeah, Google’s Tango is a really big deal and I hope it gets launched in Nigeria, probably in September.