Lenovo's much awaited augmented reality (AR) smartphone Phab 2 Pro, which has already missed two launch deadlines, will finally be available for purchase next week.
The phone was originally unveiled in June at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 event in San Francisco and was supposed to go on sale in August, but it was postponed to late September.
Now, Lenovo has confirmed that the Phab 2 Pro will be put up for sale on November 1 in US and cost $499. "Coming Soon. Available November 1," reads the company's official e-store page.
How Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was conceptualised?
For those unaware, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is Google's commercial Project Tango AR phone. It took more than three years for the engineering team to turn Project Tango in to reality.
Google's pet smartphone project is the brainchild of ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a division of Motorola Mobility that has now been acquired by Lenovo. They launched the first prototype in 2014, and was tested on numerous real-life applications, specifically 3D-based GPS navigation system and augmented reality gaming.
Though it was basically developed for AR gaming and architectural design purposes, engineers tried to explore more areas and found that it can be employed for mapping and navigation in underground tunnels especially during exploring uncharted caves as well sunken ships under water.
They also found out that it can be utilised as an auto guidance system for visually impaired people, as it can be used to give accurate navigation guidance, when blind people find themselves in an uncharted place or a building premise. For instance, while shopping for groceries, the smartphone can take you directly to the shelf containing the product you are looking for.
As far as gaming is concerned, users will able to play character games using their own house as the gaming arena.
It has to be mentioned that Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a 6.4-inch Quad-HD (2,560x1,440p) IPS display and comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (Tango Edition) SoC processor, a 64GB internal memory with microSD card slot, a 4GB RAM and a 16MP camera.