Lenovo's 5 Latest Smartphones, From Tango-Enabled Phab 2 Pro to Moto Z

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-06-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Lenovo's 5 Latest Smartphones, From Tango-Enabled Phab 2 Pro to Moto Z

    Lenovo's Phab 2 series handsets will come in three versions, while two different models of the company's modular Moto Z series are available.
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    2 - The Standard Lenovo Phab 2
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    The Standard Lenovo Phab 2

    Lenovo's upcoming standard Phab 2 handset has a 6.4-inch In-Plane Switching HD touch-screen display, a MediaTek (MTK 8735) quad-core processor, 3GB of memory, 32GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot for storage cards up to 128GB and high-quality surround sound capabilities.
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    3 - Phab 2's 13-Megapixel Main Camera With Augmented-Reality Effects
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    Phab 2's 13-Megapixel Main Camera With Augmented-Reality Effects

    The Phab 2 includes a 13-megapixel auto-focus rear camera that features augmented-reality special effects, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 4,050mAh Li-Ion battery and Dolby Atmos audio. It will be available in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey.
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    4 - The Phab 2 Plus Smartphone
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    The Phab 2 Plus Smartphone

    The Phab 2 Plus smartphone includes a 6.4-inch Full HD IPS curved touch-screen display, 3GB of memory, 32GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot for storage cards up to 128GB, a 4,050mAh Li-Ion battery, high-quality Dolby sound and an aluminum alloy chassis. The phone will be available in Champagne Gold or Gunmetal Grey.
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    5 - Phab 2 Plus With Dual 13MP Rear Cameras
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    Phab 2 Plus With Dual 13MP Rear Cameras

    The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus smartphone features twin 13-megapixel rear cameras that include fast f2.0 lenses, low-light capabilities and a professional-grade Fujitsu Milbeaut image signal processor used in Leica cameras. The smartphone also includes a wide range of augmented-reality special effects, including the ability to superimpose virtual backgrounds or cartoons onto their images, which can then be shared on social media platforms or printed. The phone is also equipped with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
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    6 - The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Tango-Enabled Smartphone
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    The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Tango-Enabled Smartphone

    Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro handset is a Google Tango-capable phone that features a 6.4-inch quad HD IPS curved touch-screen display (2,560 by 1,440), a Snapdragon 652 Tango edition processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot for storage cards up to 128GB and a 4,050mAh Li-Ion battery with fast charging capabilities.
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    7 - Phab 2 Pro's 16MP Rear Camera for Use With Google Tango
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    Phab 2 Pro's 16MP Rear Camera for Use With Google Tango

    The Project Tango-enabled Phab 2 Pro smartphone will give users new ways to experience the world—enabling them to map their way inside a museum or create a 3D gaming environment that can let them see how their new minivan will fit into their small garage. Project Tango is designed to capture and track large amounts of data using 3D measurements to add these capabilities. The 4G LTE-capable Phab 2 Pro handset includes a 16-megapixel auto-focus camera to collect the data, and also has an 8-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. Also included is Dolby Atmos audio, an aluminum alloy unibody and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The Phab 2 Pro will be available in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey.
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    8 - Tango Can Visualize Where to Place a New Chair in a Room
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    Tango Can Visualize Where to Place a New Chair in a Room

    Employing a Tango-enabled WayfairView app from Wayfair.com, a home furnishing's vendor, users will be able to use Tango on their Phab 2 Pro handset to visualize how home furnishings will fit in their rooms. Tango technology will enable the visualization to appear on the device screen. (Image courtesy Wayfair.com)
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    9 - Moto Z Droid Edition Smartphone
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    Moto Z Droid Edition Smartphone

    The Moto Z, which is just 0.20 inches thick, includes a 5.5-inch quad HD AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot for additional storage. It also features a 13MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, a front-facing 5MP camera with a wide-angle lens and a water-repellant coating to protect the handset. The Moto Z is a flagship smartphone that includes an all-metal body, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Moto TurboPower fast charging capabilities.
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    10 - Modular Accessories Available to Add Needed Features
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    Modular Accessories Available to Add Needed Features

    Both the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force handsets feature a series of interchangeable, modular Moto Mod backs that can be snapped onto the phones to add varying features, including a larger battery, a big-screen projector or a boom box speaker system for over-the-top audio. The JBL SoundBoost audio back is shown here. The backs, which also include the Moto Insta-Share Projector back and the Power Pack back that adds up to 22 hours of battery life to the device, connect to the Moto Z phones using high-powered magnets. Other modular backs will be released in the future to extend the phones' capabilities.
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    11 - Moto Z Force Droid Edition Smartphone
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    Moto Z Force Droid Edition Smartphone

    The Moto Z Force also includes the all-metal body, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Moto TurboPower fast charging capabilities of its Moto Z stablemate, but adds a Moto Shattershield display, which is guaranteed not to shatter or crack. The Moto Z Force gets a 21MP rear-facing camera and longer battery life, while it can also be equipped with the optional, modular Moto Mod backs.
 

Five new Android smartphones, including the first Google Tango-enabled handset, the Phab 2 Pro, are coming from Lenovo later this year. The smartphones also include the Phab 2 Plus, which offers augmented-reality special effects using its twin 13-megapixel rear cameras, the standard Phab 2, and the modular Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid Edition handsets. The Phab 2 smartphones are expected to launch in September, while the Moto Z models are due later this summer. All five phones debuted recently at Lenovo Tech World, along with several removable, modular accessory phone backs that will be available for the Moto Z phones. The Tango-enabled Phab 2 Pro includes special sensors and software from Google that allow the device to sense and map its surroundings, giving users new ways to view and experience the world. The Phab 2 Pro will start at $499, while the Phab 2 Plus will start at $299. The standard Phab 2 starts at $199. Prices have not yet been announced for the Moto Z handsets. Peruse this eWEEK slide show for more details about the phones.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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