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This Is The First Project Tango Phone, Shipping In September For $500

TechCrunch TechCrunch 9/06/2016 Greg Kumparak

We’re at Lenovo’s Tech World event in San Francisco, where — after months of teasing — the company has just debuted the first consumer phone running Google’s crazy computer vision system, Project Tango (now called just “Tango”).

It’s called The PHAB2 Pro — which, well, doesn’t seem like the catchiest name. But it’s what inside that counts, right?

Here’s whats inside:

  • Android Marshmallow
  • A seriously huge 6.4″ display running at 2560×1440
  • 64 GB of internal storage
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4050mAh battery (with 2.4x Fast Charging)
  • Fingerprint scanner on the rear of the case

But most notably, its got a whole array of sensors on the rear that make it “Tango”-enabled — the first phone to be able to claim as much.

Wondering what the heck Tango is?

First announced about two years ago, Project Tango is Google’s effort to bring hardcore computer vision capabilities to phones and tablets, giving those devices a sense of where they are in a room and what’s around them. Imagine being able to wave your device around to scan a room, creating a full, scale 3d model; imagine augmented reality games that can be played on your table top, characters climbing over and falling off the table’s edges. It’s still early days, but this video should give you a pretty good idea of what they’re going for:

The PHAB 2 Pro will be available globally by September, with an off-contract price of $500.

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