Introduction, Design and Features, Camera
Google – or rather, its parent company Alphabet – has always been a name that you’d associate with crazy moonshot projects, mostly under the banner of Google X. We’ve had a few projects that were so close to entering the everyday lives of the consumer that ultimately didn’t quite make it, like the Google Glass and Project Ara. There is another one, though, and while it’s still pretty new the backing it has gotten suggests that it may not tank the way the other two mentioned did. It’s called Tango.
First heard of in 2014, it wasn't until 2016 that the first Tango-enabled device was revealed to the world, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Until today, it’s still one of only two devices that supports Google Tango. Having done that short hands on session, we now finally have it in our possession for a short two weeks, and there’s a lot to say about it.
Design and features
Before we go into Tango, let’s take a look at the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro as a phone on its own merits. And the very first thing you’d notice is its enormous size. Holding the 6.4-inch slate in your hand feels like a barely achievable feat, but for people who store their portable devices in bags rather than pockets, you’d likely enjoy the screen real estate the way you’d enjoy a tablet. The QHD IPS display is covered by a 2.5D slate of curved glass that is easy on your hands when you hold it – and the size makes us really thankful for this – and to your eyes when you behold it.
You get the usual volume rocker and textured power button on the right, and the pin-ejected SIM and microSD tray on the left. There are Dolby Atmos-tuned speakers on the bottom. But the standout on the Phab 2 Pro is on the back. Aside from the now common fingerprint sensor, the Phab 2 Pro also comes with an array of three different cameras. One is a 16MP camera with phase detect autofocus (PDAF), a depth sensor and a motion tracking sensor. All these are essential for Project Tango to work smoothly.
Going quickly over the internals, you get the Tango-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The processor allows for quick charging of the 4,050mAh battery, which is an important feature to have, considering the display.
While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the rear of the phone, the Phab 2 Pro does still come with a 16MP shooter. It does capture a good amount of detail and colors are pretty accurate. Having PDAF is also a plus for those who would use the Phab 2 Pro to take photos often.