Lenovo is not a huge player in the US smartphone market, but based on volume it is considered to be a top maker of Android devices internationally.
A turning point for Lenovo, was the 2016 Tech World event, because it was then that they announced the world’s first consumer Google Tango phone called the Phab2 Pro as well as new flagship devices, the Moto Z, from its Motorola subsidiary. Lenovo is hoping that the gimmick both devices offers will give it an advantage over the competition.
For the past two years, Google has been busy working on the Tango augmented reality platform, and this will be the first Tango device that will be available for purchase by consumers. Tango uses depths sensors along with multiple cameras to map the world surrounding the user.
Phab 2 Pro
All of the cameras and other sensors are lined up on the back of the Phab2 Pro, plus there is a fingerprint reader. Don’t be fooled by the messy look, but they must be exposed in order to work their magic.
Lenovo provided a demo of the ways you can use Tango to measure real world objects. You can place virtual test furniture in your living room, and you can be really creative and put a dinosaur right in the middle of your house. The Phab2 has a mid-range Snapdragon 652 with 4GB of RAM.
In September, Lenovo will be launching the unlocked device worldwide at a $499 price point. It will be sold through retailers like Lowes and Best Buy. Why Lowes, it’s easy, because of the furniture visualization app.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force
Another one of Lenovo’s announcements came from Motorola, which after the company was purchased from Google it has now fully integrated. There is no more Moto X name. It has now been replaced with the Moto Z. There are going to be available two different versions of this phone, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
The Moto Z is a high-end phone. It has Snapdragon 820, a 5.5” 1440p AMOLED panel, 4GB of RAM, and a 2600mAh battery. The Force is basically the same phone, but with a larger 3500mAh battery and a screen that is shatter-proof. The biggest drawback is that rather than a 5.19 mm screen like the regular Z, it has a 7 mm thick screen. This year both phones have the fingerprint sensor in them.
It is not how thin these phones are that make them interesting, it’s the Moto Mods, which are modular backs that allow you to add features such as more battery capacity, stereo speakers, or a pico-projector. You can also make the phone snazzier with a simple plastic cover that you can add.
The Motorola’s Moto X design language was truly iconic. It is kind of strange to see them get rid of this great design all in the name of modular accessories, which there is not even any real indicator that people want these and they are going to be pricey. The only one that currently has an established price is the stereo speaker Mod, which will retail for $80.