Friday, June 10, 2016

Project Tango on Lenovo Phab 2

Project Tango from Google is finally live on a Lenovo Smartphone. As we await anxiously for Apple's take on 3D camera technology, long rumored to be unveiled on the iPhone 7, the people at Google has taken a swipe at Apple by giving that technology to Lenovo. 

Now, Lenovo isn't a push over. They have been in the PC business long enough to know that buying up IBM's Thinkpad division was worth something. Problem is, they are not really in the mobile space until now. 

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is a beast like the other Phab 2 models in that it has a very large 6.4-inch display. It is so large that old people would be find no trouble poking at the onscreen buttons with aplomb.

The Pro's screen is quad HD and powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 processor (as opposed to the MediaTek chips in the Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus). This monster has a 16-megapixel camera, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, and all of the other features you'd expect on a modern Android smartphone. But what's more is the hidden asset, which consist of a 3D sensor that detects depth. 

This 3D sensor is what Project Tango from Google is all about. For you to take pictures in 3D, the sensor works concurrently with the device camera. This means that the future is indeed very bright for those who want to do some 3D scanning of a solid object and have that printed out on a 3D printer. 

Now the larger display isn't going to make this a easy to use mobile device. You can't put this in your pocket unless of course you are as large as Yao Meng, the towering Houston Rockets basketball player who has since retired. 

Lastly, why would you want to carry a device this large unless your work calls for it? So think of the possibilities that would require this overly large telephone to some serious work instead of posting pictures to Instagram, then maybe you would find the answer.


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