The first Google Tango-based smartphone will reportedly arrive next month.
Google's Clay Bavor confirmed to CNET on Thursday that the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will launch in November. The smartphone will be the first to tap into Google Tango, which features advanced camera technology that can sense items in a room, digitally "see" those items, and navigate indoors.
Google Tango has for years been a prototype technology that seemed to have far more promise than applicability. However, in the last year, augmented reality, which can overlay virtual objects in the real world, has taken shape with popular games like Pokemon Go. Google Tango takes that a step further by delivering more sophisticated features in smartphones. See ours hands on from MWC in Barcelona, where we used a Tango device to tour the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
That said, Tango has been slow going and hurt by delays. Google initially hoped Lenovo would be able to launch its Tango device in the summer, but it was delayed to September. Soon after, Lenovo said that the smartphone would ship in the fall, without giving an exact date.
Even now, saying the Phab 2 Pro will launch in November isn't all that forthright. Bavor could not confirm an exact launch date to CNET.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will go up against a number of other buzz-worthy devices, including Google's new Pixel handsets. The Phab 2 Pro is slated to ship with a 6.4-inch quad-HD screen, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a giant 4,050mAh battery. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, which is a little underpowered but still optimized for Tango. It's expected to retail for $499 unlocked.
Lenovo did not respond to a PCMag request for comment.