Yesterday at Tech World 2016, Lenovo shared its vision for the future of smart, connected devices and unveiled new products that reshape what’s possible: the PHAB2 Pro, the world’s first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, and the Moto Z family with Moto Mods that transform your smartphone into an entirely new device.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force are cutting edge smartphones featuring an all-metal design, great low light camera performance, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and Moto TurboPower charging. Moto Z is the world’s thinnest premium smartphone and Moto Z Force brings the added benefits of Moto Shattershield – guaranteeing the display will not crack or shatter.
Combined with the all-new Moto Mods, you can transform your Moto Z into exactly what you need it to be in a snap, whether it’s an instant party maker with the JBL(R) SoundBoost or a 70-inch movie projector with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. There’s also the Power Pack, which instantly adds 22 hours of life to your phone – and it comes in fashionable designs from partners like kate spade new york and TUMI.
Lenovo made the connection process simple: High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. Plus, with the Moto Mods Developer Program, you can develop the next generation of Moto Mods. The Lenovo Capital Fund will be setting aside seed funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. It has set aside $1,000,000 for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017.
World’s First Tango-enabled AR Smartphone
Lenovo also revealed the first consumer smartphone powered by Tango technology, a set of sensors and software from Google that senses and maps its surroundings to make a host of cutting-edge smartphone augmented reality (AR) experiences possible. This flagship device represents the combined efforts to promote mass acceptance for Tango, a technology that promises to become as prevalent as GPS. PHAB2 Pro transforms how we interact with our surroundings by enabling mobile devices to detect their position relative to the world around them, unlocking AR experiences via customised apps. PHAB2 Pro uses three core technologies – motion tracking, depth perception and area learning – to sense its surroundings, enabling experiences ranging from AR gaming to virtual object placement. For example, with Tango technology PHAB2 Pro can begin to change the way people think about mapping indoor spaces to create new experiences like future AR museum tours via the GuidiGO app.
Homeowners can also now use their PHAB2 Pro to remodel their homes by visualising real home furnishings in their living rooms and kitchens. Home improvement company Lowe’s is one of the first partners to develop a Tango-enabled application, Lowe’s Vision. Lowe’s Chief Development Officer, Richard Maltsbarger, along with Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis demonstrated on stage the power of this app to make home design and renovation easier.
The app empowers customers by leveraging Tango technology to measure spaces and visualize how products like appliances and décor, or materials like countertops or backsplash tile, will all look and fit together in a room. With Lowe’s Vision, customers will be able to control a new generation of AR tools with a mere tap of the finger. In the U.S., the PHAB2 Pro will be sold at select Lowe’s stores nationwide and online by the end of the year.
The PHAB2 Pro also pioneers the Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology, allowing users to capture the rich, clear and deep surround sound they’ve recorded. Lenovo also announced two other smartphones in the PHAB2 family with the PHAB2 Plus, known for its photo abilities, and the affordable PHAB2.
For more information on the new PHAB2 and Moto Z family of products, check out this website.
You can also see some high quality images of these devices in the gallery below…