Hands On: Lenovo PHAB2 Pro

When it comes to smartphones, there are many, many more names that customers will think of before they get to L for Lenovo. The Chinese giant is trying to change that however, and their Lenovo Tech World held in San Francisco is a good example of this. Announcing a whole new range of devices across the Moto line with the new Moto Z as well as their own PHAB line of larger-than-life devices. While the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus will be what fans of Lenovo have come to expect from a Lenovo device, the new PHAB2 Pro is a whole different beast altogether. It's the first Tango device, developed in conjunction with Google, and it's one hell of a large smartphone.

The main focus of the PHAB2 Pro's hardware is of course the camera setup around the back of the device, which is what makes the PHAB2 Pro's Tango special powers possible. A device that has a hell of a lot going for it, the PHAB2 Pro sure looks the part. Behind these cameras there's a Snapdragon 652, a special 64-bit CPU that was designed with Tango in mind as well as 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The camera setup here is key, so it's good to see that Lenovo have gone with a 16-megapixel PDAF sensor as well as two other sensors specifically for Tango use. Those would be a Depth Sensor as well as a Motion Tracking Sensor to ensure that the phone can accurately estimate distances as well as properly render 3D objects in real space, too.

In the below gallery, we take a look at the Tango-powered PHAB2 Pro in a number of different angles, including some nice close-ups of that camera hardware and the microUSB port. While the Moto Z launches with a USB Type-C port - as well as omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack - the first Tango phone sticks with good old microUSB. Regardless, the Tango side of the phone has oodles of potential, and now that the "Project" is more of a product in a real life smartphone consumers can buy - for $499 no less - then Tango should get a lot more useful now.

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