Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lenovo Unveils the World’s First Tango-Enabled Smartphone

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Augmented Reality (AR) took the country by storm this year thanks to Pokémon GO but fans of the technology will have another reason to rejoice as Lenovo Philippines unveiled the much-awaited Phab 2 Pro.

Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone provides users an elevated AR experience with Google’s Tango technology. The said feature can map physical spaces and overlay it with virtual effects, track objects, and map indoor spaces. Those abilities allow for new types of apps, experiments, and designs that previously couldn't be carried out on standard AR-enabled phablets out in the market.

At the launch, Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan expressed that the arrival will open up new opportunities. “With the limitless capabilities provided by Tango, we hope that the Phab 2 Pro can raise our customers to new heights by making them into designers, innovators, and builders with no boundaries stopping them.”

Buyers of the Phab 2 Pro are in for atreat as well as Google recently launched 25 Tango-enabled apps on Google Play. Want to turn your living room into a scaled-down version of the Solar System? Well, then Solar Simulator app should be just right up your alley! Once enabled, the app can automatically scale the entire Solar System to fit inside your room.

There are also other fun apps such as Raise which gives you a virtual 3D pet to take care of and Lowe’s Home Improvement which allows you to place items everywhere—a must for those looking in the market for new furniture as it simulates the appearance of an object inside the house before buying the actual furniture.

JaDine joins the Lenovo family

Joining the launch of the Phab2 series was the announcement of Philippines celebrity love team and couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre as the brand ambassadors of Lenovo in the Philippines.

Entertaining both fans and media alike during the launch, JaDine wowed the crowd with a production number. Of course, the main highlight was Michael Ngan making JaDine’s entry into the Lenovo family officially by presenting the couple custom-made jackets from Lenovo.

“For us, JaDineembodies the brand values which they celebrate: forward looking individuals who are always progressing, unstoppable in their conviction and ambition to forge their own path. Their attitude resonates with Lenovo’s brand that challenges conventional thinking,” said Ngan.

Phab 2 Pro – Lenovo’s augmented reality smartphone is now available in Philippines plus JaDine officially joins the Lenovo family.

Here are the following SRPs for your reference.

Phab 2 - Php 9,999.00
Phab 2 Pro - Php 14,999.00
Phab 2 Pro - Php 24,999.00

For now, only Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus are the ones that are currently available in Lenovo stores and authorized dealer partners. The Phab 2 Pro will be available by mid December.

The Technology behind Tango

Three core technologies bring Tango experiences to life: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. Through motion tracking, the Phab2 Pro’s “eye” sees its own location in 3D. Area learning tells the smartphone its location. Depth perception lets the device analyze the shape of the world around it by detecting surfaces and obstacles. And now for the first time ever, your smartphone can visualize and understand its surrounding objects and environment via sensors that capture more than 250,000 measurements a second.

Commenting on the Tango technology, Ngan said that Tango makes spatial data accessible and useful for everyone. “If Tango knows that there’s a wall in front of you, you can measure that wall and place a painting on it or if Tango knows asupermarket, then it can take you to the cookies section of the supermarket. Making the environment data accessible and useful is Google’s vision of Tango and users can experience that fully with the Phab 2Pro,” said Ngan.

Premium Smartphone Design

While Tango makes the Phab2 Pro unique, the device stands on its own as a premium smartphone. It is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 652 processor, which brings efficient hardware integration and processing, leading 4G LTE connectivity, and cutting-edge time stamping and camera and sensor processing capabilities. Demanding computer vision processing is performed by a single, integrated and highly efficient Snapdragon processor with a tightly integrated suite of key modules including a DSP, ISP and integrated sensor hub. The Snapdragon heterogeneous computing platform is optimally balanced for a Tango workload and is designed for all-day use. The Snapdragon 652 processor also quickly processes and time stamps all the rich sensor data simultaneously received from multiple camera sensors, gyro and accelerometer, resulting in a fast, smooth augmented reality experience, where 3D AR graphic overlays track more naturally to the physical surroundings.

The Phab2 Pro features Dolby AudioTM Capture 5.1 with Dolby Atmos® playback capabilities to help capture life’s moments on video with great quality audio. With Dolby Audio Capture 5.1, you can use crystal-clear 5.1-channel surround sound to record and share the full panorama of your life, adding amazing richness, clarity and depth to your special moments. Making this possible are three microphones, spatial capture with noise reduction, along with an onboard 16mp camera that supports crisp 4K video recording. Also, when you watch Dolby Atmos content over headphones, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the action on screen with immersive, moving audio. The 6.4-inch Phab2 Pro boasts an intelligent Assertive Display with a pin-sharp QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution, capable of optimizing image quality based on ambient lighting and content.

Augmented Entertainment and Photography

​Aside from the Phab 2 Pro, Lenovo also launched the Phab 2and Phab2 Plus in the country. Made for an augmented entertainment experience, the Phab2 features a 1280x720 HD IPS Screen and Dolby Atmos speakers that enable the device to play sounds in crisp and clear 5.1 surround sound quality.

The Phab2 Plus on the other hand is perfect for those looking for a highly-augmented photography experience. It comes with a 13MP dual rear camera with professional features like post-shot refocus, background swap, and AR special photo effects. Just like the Phab2Pro, the two also have an impressive 6.4-inch screen.

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