Lenovo PHAB2 Pro Tango handset coming next month

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro Tango Android phone launching in November 2016
Lenovo PHAB2 Pro Tango
While Project Ara has been dropped, it looks like the Project Tango-born PHAB2 Pro phablet is finally ready to hit the market and will begin shipping in November.
Codrut Nistor,

Google has just unleashed the first Pixel handsets, namely the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both come with Android 7.1 Nougat and a set of unique features, also keeping the 3.5 mm audio jack that Apple recently decided to drop. On the other hand, the search giant's Project Ara modular handset has been slashed, but it looks like at least Project Tango is on its way to deliver a special smartphone.

Originally scheduled to ship this summer, the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro phablet was first delayed to September, and then to some later date that nobody revealed. Now, Clay Bavor, Google's head of VR, confirms to CNET that the 6.4-inch handset that features the Tango depth-sensing 3D camera system is finally ready to ship. The handset will hit the market next month when the new Pixel handsets are also expected to begin shipping.

Unfortunately, the PHAB2 Pro does not support the Daydream VR headset, so those interested in augmented reality can stick with it, while those aiming for a VR-capable smartphone should grab the Pixel or Pixel XL. In the US, the price of the unlocked PHAB2 Pro is expected to be $499 USD, cheaper than the $649 USD Pixel.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-10- 6 (Update: 2016-10- 6)
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