Enter the phab-ulous world of AR
By Chong Jinn Xiung December 15, 2016
- First smartphone to be powered by Google’s Tango augmented reality technology.
- Massive screen paired with big battery for all day performance.
JUST in time for the holidays, Lenovo has introduced a brand new phablet, a smartphone with an extra-large screen, the Phab 2 Pro.
The phablet’s claim to fame is that it is said to be the world’s first smartphone to be powered by Google’s Tango technology.
What does this technology do, you may ask? The concept behind Tango is that smart devices while inherently “smart” are still not able to actually make sense of what is around them.
To put it simply Tango is a set of sensors and software that allows the Phab 2 Pro to detect physical motion and map its surroundings to enable users to interact with their surroundings via augmented reality (AR).
For example you can download a Tango app that would allow you to measure a piece of furniture. So the next time you go to a furniture store and are unsure if that sofa will fit your living room, your phone can help you
The results certainly looked impressive when we played around with the Phab 2 Pro’s features during the launch. You can check out how it works in our video below.
Coming back to the phablet’s feature set, the Phablet features a massive 6.4inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) 2.5D curved glass display. That is a step up from the regular full HD displays and more commonly found on flagship models.
On the inside is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM, so it comes with plenty of power and speed for multitasking and productivity.
As for memory, it comes with a roomy 64GB of internal memory that gives you ample space to install apps and take pictures with. Though if that is not enough you can always expand the memory up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The primary camera is a 16-Megapixel shooter with fast-focus features while the other two cameras offer a depth sensor and motion tracking sensor for Tango.
Of course it has a selfie-ready eight-megapixel front-facing camera.
On the audio front, Lenovo said the Phab 2 Pro is no slouch. It comes bundled with Dolby Atmos playback on the inside that makes the built-in speakers sound great for music or videos played on the phablet.
You can do away with the audio recorder for meetings and interviews because the Phab 2 Pro is said to have great audio recording capabilities with 5.1 channel surround sound recording to capture the moment with great clarity and depth.
If you are a productivity focused user, don’t worry about battery life because the Phab 2 Pro comes with a massive 4,050mAh battery with fast charging for all day performance.
Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is available now at a recommended retail price of RM1,899.