The Google Tango Phone - First Smartphone Built for Augmented Reality

June 23, 2016 Lenovo News

Lenovo launched The Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus as upgrades to last year’s Phab model, with lower prices and bigger screen. Both phones are molded in complete metal construction.

Lenovo Phab

There is an additional bonus model- Phab 2 Pro is the most interesting phone to happen to smartphones since a long time – it offers Google’s 3D-mapping Project Tango camera. The phone comes with a fixed-focus 8-megapixel camera, which is primarily used for selfies. On the back, there is a 16-megapixel camera with Tango’s depth tracking sensor and a motion tracking sensor. These camera sensors make the back of the phone a bit busy. Physical deisgn is similar to Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus but the Phab 2 Pro is the first device to bring the Google Tango to live and it is going to rock a 6.4-inch display. Snapdragon 652 Tango Edition processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage compared to the MediaTek processors and 3GB of RAM on the lower end models

IT will be powered by a 4,000mAh battery. Although the Tango camera has been available to developers in a tablet phone for many years, the Phab 2 Pro is going to be the first phone to bring the experience to Android users.

With the help of the Tango technology, the smartphone will enable you to track object, create virtual effects in a real world, and map out a physical space. There are going to be many educational and game apps to play with. You will also have access to virtual-reality style shooting games.

There have been previous demos from different Tango promotional videos showing the phone creating contextual information based on the object it is viewing a well as navigate indoor space. 

While there are experiences that the Tango shows us such as guided tours through museums, it has applications that are more practical. The project Tango brings up a virtual experience for you. It is way of setting up a surrounding in 3D renderings using 3D tools which applications includes allowing users to virtually place furniture by using the phone’s viewfinder to get a sense of how new decorating scheme or design may work inside the home. You can also use Tango’s depth-sensing camera to measure distances between objects, and a game showed off how you can fire virtual rockets to destroy AR aerial drones. There is a game that allows you to play virtual dominoes, making setup and cleanup a breeze. Whether you are a lover of toys or a nice game player, Tango will give you a different experience unlike before.


While the three Phab 2 smartphones comes with similar features, the Pro takes thing further with its high quality specs that beat any other phone in the market. The retail price of the Phab 2 Pro is estimated at $500 and should be available around September this year.