This year is turning out to be a pretty good year for smartphone releases (Galaxy Note 7 troubles notwithstanding). And Google is looking to be one of the winners -- the tech giant after all has just officially introduced its newest smartphone devices (the Pixel and the Pixel XL), and many industry watchers are saying these handsets are good enough to hold their own against Apple’s iPhone devices and Samsung’s high end Galaxy offerings.
And Google is set to continue building its momentum with the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, which is scheduled to be released some time in November of this year. To be clear about it, the Phab2 Pro is not a Google smartphone, but it does have the honor of being the first handset out there to be compatible with Google’s Tango depth imaging 3D camera system.
For those not familiar with Google Tango, it is a type of technology that comes with the ability to scan the immediate environment surrounding the mobile user, and integrate it into augmented reality settings. People can use it to navigate indoors by remote, or test how furniture can be arranged inside homes or offices.
Now back to Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro -- Lenovo originally intended the phablet to launch last summer, but its release was delayed to September, but was later postponed to November. The last quarter of any year is typically a busy time with regards to smartphone releases, and Lenovo’s device will surely enter the market with some serious competition. Chief among them is Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL devices. In the United States mobile market, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro handset will come with a price of $499 (unlocked).
For the sake of clarity, the new Pixel devices from Google are compatible with the tech giant’s Daydream View virtual reality headset, and not Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro. The Chinese phone maker’s phablet is designed to work with Google Tango (which is augmented reality), and in the first place, does not possess the needed AMOLED display screen in order to have support for smooth virtual reality sessions.
The Phab2 Pro is equipped with a 6.4 inch display screen, flanked with with a couple of 13 megapixel cameras on both sides. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip set, 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 64 gigabytes of built in storage, a 4,050 mAh battery, and Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system.
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