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Tech & Science Google's Tango phone, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, is coming in November

05:07  06 october  2016
05:07  06 october  2016 Source:   cnet.com

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Remember the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro , the huge 6.4-inch phone with Google ' s Tango depth-sensing 3D camera system that scans the world around you, can It's coming next month, according to Google . Update, November 1: It's here, but it may not ship until December. One more delay for the phone .

Lenovo announced that its Phab 2 Pro would be the first phone to ship with Google Tango . And now, following early estimates of a November release The announcement of the Phab 2 Pro ’ s release date comes in a slightly strange manner — in the form of a small notification on Lenovo ’ s Tango -less

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2016 is set to be a very big year for Google phones. The search giant just announced two new Pixel phones to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy models. But if you're in the market for a new phone this November with the latest Google tech, you may have a hard decision ahead.

Remember the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the huge 6.4-inch phone with Google's Tango depth-sensing 3D camera system that scans the world around you, can play augmented reality games, help navigate indoors, or see how new furniture and appliances might fit in your home? It's coming next month, according to Google.

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Not long after, Google hired Johnny and he would go on to lead Project Tango . For those of you who may not know, Project Tango is a computer vision The entire Phab 2 lineup can be purchased directly from Lenovo or other retailers in september. The Phab 2 comes in at 9, the Phab 2 Plus

Tango was Google ’ s conception that allows hardware to detect its own location in 3 dimensions by using advanced infrared sensors. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is now showing on Lenovo ’s US website under the Phab 2 ’s product page as “ Coming Soon. Available November 1.”

Though the phone was originally supposed to ship in the summer, and later got delayed to September and then a nebulous "fall," Clay Bavor, head of VR at Google, confirmed to CNET that the phone will go on sale this November. (Yes, that's the same month as Google's Pixel phones.) The Phab2 Pro should sell for $499 unlocked in the United States, equivalent to £345 or AU$672.

It's important to note that only the Google Pixel phones will be compatible with the Daydream VR headset, not the Phab2 Pro. (It doesn't have the required AMOLED screen to support smooth VR.) That means tech enthusiasts will have to choose between virtual reality and augmented reality if they buy a new Google phone next month.

That might not always be the case, though. "You can imagine in the future you won't have to make a choice, but that's a bit further out," said Bavor, hinting that a single phone might eventually support both the Tango and Daydream platforms.

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