The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is a phone of firsts, starting with the fact that it’s the first consumer Google Tango phone.
It’s also the first Lenovo-branded phone to come to the US. And it’s the first handset that’s ever tempted me to consider owning a phone that’s more comfortable to hold with two hands than one.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro relies on three things to create an AR experience: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. It’s imperative that the phone knows where it is in relation to physical objects to accurately integrate your surroundings into whatever Tango application you’re using.
The 16MP camera isn’t alone on the rear. There’s also depth and motion sensing cameras, creating a trio of lenses that are integral to the whole Tango system.
At launch, the Phab 2 Pro will have 30 Tango-supported applications, reaching 100 by the end of the year. That’s not bad, though, of course, that means a lot will ride on how good and useful those applications are. They may be delightful, or they may be DOA.
If you’re intrigued by the Phab 2 Pro, you’ll unfortunately have to wait until September before you can buy the first Google Tango phone. It will launch globally, so at least Lenovo and Google are casting a wide net to find potential Phab 2 Pro
The Phab 2 Pro has a ton going for it; and it offers enough in addition to Tango that maybe, just maybe, it will find a mainstream following. It’s highly doubtful, especially considering its size; but there’s no denying the Phab 2 Pro is a well-constructed device that pays close attention to detail. This is no developer unit that will put off consumers who are used to finished products.
As lovely as they were to look at, the Phab 2 Pro’s AR capabilities feel like they’re itching to show off what they can really do. Graphics are precisely rendered – I’d put them above what I’ve seen in the Microsoft HoloLens in terms of sharpness and color saturation. And on par when it comes to real-time rendering capability. These aren’t true-to-life representations, but are as graphically sound as anything you’d find on a high-end phone – and it’s all happening right before your eyes.
Despite its powers, Tango still feels like a caged tiger. It’s starting to break out with the Phab 2 Pro, but Tango needs more complex apps to escape its furniture-arranging mold and truly take our breaths away.
While the Phab 2 Pro is a very nice phone, I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not going to catch on in the way Lenovo and Google hope. It will rely heavily on apps for success, and while its reasonable price only helps, I worry this is another novelty device that won’t entice consumers away from the iPhones and Androids they’re used to. It may be another Google Glass, though at least it’s in a familiar form factor that’s easier to swallow.
Yes, the Phab 2 Pro offers something unique from every other handset on the market, and maybe I’ll end up wrong. Maybe in time, the Tango phone wave will catch on, the apps will be fun, helpful and downright necessary for many folks. And we’ll all be playing games walking around our living rooms and following imaginary lines in the subway station; placing furniture all over our house without lifting a finger.
But that’s a lot of maybes.
The Phab 2 Pro is a first-of-its-kind phone, and it’s the first in what will be a line of Tango consumer devices. It’s an excellent effort, and were I larger of hand and wallet, I might buy one for the heck of it.
Thankfully, Lenovo is keeping expectations low. It’s not over-promising, and it’s not looking for a runaway best seller. Google and Lenovo are aiming for a slow burn, which is wise when introducing a new technology.
The problem though is that if no one buys the Phab 2 Pro, then it’s not going to get the apps it needs to be a success. And it’s not just the Phab 2 Pro’s success we’re talking about, but Tango as a whole.
The Phab 2 Pro makes a lot of right moves, but it’s best dance partner – apps – are still missing. They’ll show up in time, but by then, Tango may have fallen out of step.
RELEASE DATE OF LENOVO PHAB 2 PRO
When rumors about Lenovo’s plan to develop the world’s first Google Tango enabled Phab 2 Pro came out; many fans were excited but they did not realize that it could happen this year. However, as the rumors continue to stay rampant, reports have emerged saying that Lenovo is gearing up for the device’s launching.
The Google Tango Powered Smartphone is expected to come with a huge screen and packed with so many exciting features. The Phab 2 Pro, which is scheduled to for a September release, was originally announced at the company’s Tech World event on June 9.
- 6.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS display
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage
- microSD up to 128GB
- 4,050mAh battery with fast charging
- Dual SIM slots
- Rear 16MP fast-focus camera with Tango depth sensor and motion tracking
- Front 8MP fixed-focus camera, F2.2 aperture
- Triple-array active noise cancellation
- Dolby Atmos + Dolby Audio Capture 5.1