Concept rendering, not the actual product

Concept rendering, not the actual product

Several days ago, Lenovo and Google teased an announcement in which it suggested that both companies will be working on something related to Project Tango. It was highly-speculated that the end result could be some kind of commercial smartphone, and it looks like if you were a betting kind of person, you’d be right.

Today, both Lenovo and Google have announced a partnership in which the former will be making a smartphone that will incorporate Google’s Project Tango technology into it. For those unfamiliar with Project Tango, this project was announced back in 2014 and basically relies on augmented reality technology which could be used to map out a room in real time, thanks to the use of the Movidius Myriad 1 vision processor.

tango furnitureThis will come in handy if you’re trying to design your living room and want to know how certain types of furniture will look like before purchasing it, or used to play games. The handset is also said to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset powering it, and while the design has yet to be finalized, it is expected to come in under 6.5-inches diagonally, which is admittedly rather vague since very rarely do phones go past 6-inches to begin with.

tango gamesNo word on when the phone will be released, but they are aiming for a completion by summer 2016, and they are also aiming for a price tag of under $500. No doubt this is an interesting idea and has plenty of uses, but will it catch on with the general public, or do you see it as being a niche device?

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