The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone that is equipped with Google Tango, a new Google technology that allows augmented reality (AR) gaming and utilities. Tango Chief Johnny Lee praises Pokemon Go for showing what AR can do.
According to Lenovo's product description, the Phab 2 Pro allows users to see objects and overlaid into the real world. This technology provides users with practical uses, such as measuring items just with the phone or seeing how a new décor or furniture will look in your home.
Aside from practical purposes, the smartphone also allows users to turn their surroundings into a virtual playground. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will allow you to raise a digital pet, walk a dinosaur around your house, or even fight off an alien invasion in your neighborhood.
Being the first smartphone to be equipped with Google's Tango, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, which is built specifically for Tango. It also comes with a 6.4" QHD display that has 2K widescreen IPS assertive display.
The smartphone, which is priced at $499, also has a 4050 mAh Li-ion battery that can last up to 18 hours and has fast charge technology. It comes with 64 GB of ROM and a 4 GB RAM with an expandable memory of up to 126GB via microSD.
The Verge reports that Lee said Pokemon Go didn't accelerate their consumer timeline. But he did say that "Pokemon Go certainly made the conversation a lot easier with partners."
He said that the game actually showed the strength of AR, despite Pokemon Go only using a rudimentary version of the technology. The makers of the game were able to show people how powerful of an experience it is when software is planted in the real world and let people interact with one another.
With Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro being the first smartphone to be equipped with Google's Tango, the two companies are trying to show that AR could and should become an important part of smartphones. Lee likens the Tango's technology to how the GPS transformed mobile phones.