Lenovo has introduced three phones in its PHAB2 series.

The PHAB2 (image left) is a $199 6.4-inch phablet with some AR technology, a 13-megapixel camera and 16GB of expandable storage. At $299 comes the PHAB2 Plus (image middle) — it brags a pair of rear cameras with f/1.8 lenses and Fujitsu imaging processors. Lenovo makes the point that those processors are also found in Leica cameras, a nick at Huawei and its Leica-approved P9.

But the big deal of the trio shines as the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (image right), the first product launching with Project Tango technology.

We’ll get to the specs first, because for a device that has a mess of sensors to power its advanced augmented reality features, it’s actually somewhat modest in its other silicon.

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro
Component Description
Screen size 6.4 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Pixel density 459 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
Type Octa-core
Speed 1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 510
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Camera 16-megapixel rear / 8-megapixel f/2.2 front w/ 1.4μm pixels
Battery 4050mAh w/ 2.4X fast charging
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cell Three variants with compatibility for Asia-Pacific/EMEA/North America/Latin America/China GSM and LTE bands
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors Accelerometer / fingerprint / proximity / light / e-compass / gyroscope / Hall / vibrator
Dimensions 179.8 x 88.6 x 10.7 mm / 259g

Lenovo Phab2 Pro

Much of the heft helps power the depth sensor and motion tracking sensor next to the main camera for Tango — just Tango now. Those sensors can map out areas and the objects in those areas by taking 250,000 measurements a second. The functions help the device know where you are, where you’ve been and what can change inside of your area.

Combine three microphones coupled to Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 technology and included JBL earbuds to bring Dolby Atmos playback and the AR experience should be an earful as well as an eyeful.

And you’ll need both with some of use cases Lenovo is envisioning. Think museum guide tracks with “true-to-scale virtual dinosaurs in [students’] classrooms” or home improvement with the help of an app from home hardware store Lowe’s, previewing paint changes, moving furniture around.

Tango-logo

That last bit is probably why you’ll be able to get the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro — in champagne or gunmetal — for $499 at Best Buy and select Lowe’s stores and elsewhere globally. All three phones will be sold starting in September.

Source: Lenovo

Lenovo PHAB2
Component Description
Screen size 6.4 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 1280 x 720
Pixel density 229 ppi
SoC MediaTek MTK8735
Type Quad-core
Speed 1.3GHz
GPU Mali-T720 MP2
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Camera 13-megapixel rear / 5-megapixel wide-angle front
Battery 4050mAh
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cell Three variants with compatibility for Asia-Pacific/EMEA/China GSM and LTE bands
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Sensors Accelerometer / proximity / light / e-compass / gyroscope / Hall / vibrator
Dimensions 175 x 89.5 x 9.6 mm / 225g
Lenovo PHAB2 Plus
Component Description
Screen size 6.4 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel density 344 ppi
SoC MediaTek MTK8783
Type Octa-core
Speed 1.3GHz
GPU Mali-T720 MP3
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Camera 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear w/ 1.34μm pixels and laser / 8-megapixel f/2.2 front w/ 1.4μm pixels
Battery 4050mAh w/ fast charging
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cell Three variants with compatibility for Asia-Pacific/EMEA/China GSM and LTE bands
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band
Sensors Accelerometer / proximity / light / e-compass / gyroscope / Hall / vibrator
Dimensions 173.89 x 88.3 x 9.6 mm / 218g
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