Do you feel that Google’s foray into the Tango phone market is somewhat akin to Samsung’s experiment with the Tizen OS, where the South Korean conglomerate’s experiment did not take off at all? Well, only time will be able to tell whether Google’s Tango will also go down the same route, but for now, we will celebrate the fact that the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the first Google Tango phone to hit the market. The question now is, just what would the adoption rate be, and will it be able to catch on?
Lenovo’s effort at rolling out the first handset that boasts of Google's Tango design would be important in letting the search engine giant (among other things now, of course) chart a course for the future, as the uptake rate would determine whether consumers would buy into the idea of Tango or not. Hence, Lenovo too, has a very important role to play -- they need to make sure that the hardware in the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is more than able to handle all that is thrown at it, and then some.
Fun fact: the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is finally here -- two long years after Google showed the rest of the world the very first prototype, which was the sweat and effort from the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. This is one particular handset will be able to bring the wonders of Augmented Reality (AR) gaming and utilities right into the palm of your hands. Using it is a snap -- all that you need to do is to view your world through the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, and you will feel as though you were Tony Stark in Iron Man's suit. Why do we say that? Basically, objects that you see through the Phab 2 Pro's lens will be overlaid with information, and you can be sure that as more and more people buy the idea, the repository or database of information will grow exponentially all the more.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro specifications
The Phab 2 Pro will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, where it will be equipped with 3D sensors that allow it to perform motion tracking, depth sensing, as well as measure areas. At launch, there will be a list of 35 apps which will be able to take advantage of such capabilities, and this list is set to grow longer in the future. You get a 6.4" QHD display with brightness adaptability, a 16MP shooter at the back with an 8MP front-facing camera, while Dolby Atmos armed with a trio of microphones enable 360-degree voice capture ability. The 4,050mAh battery supports turbo charging, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor that has been optimized from Tango runs proceedings from within. It will also have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, a fingerprint scanner at the back and 2.5D curved class design, all crammed into an 8.9mm thin aluminum unibody design, arriving in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey shades.
Should I get one?
It might be 4 to 5 weeks before your Phab 2 Pro arrives from your purchase date, so if you are an early adopter, you might want to place your order today. There will be kinks to iron out, make no mistake about it -- reflective surfaces do not seem to do too well with Tango, but it is sold as an unlocked device with no specific mobile carrier landing pages just yet.