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Lenovo Announces Project Tango Phablet

Lenovo Announces Project Tango Phablet
Lenovo has announced the development of the very first smartphone supporting Google's "Project Tango" technology.

The web is buzzing with excitement following Lenovo's announcement at CES this week that it is developing a Project Tango-enabled smartphone. Project Tango, which was developed by Google, equips a smartphone with multiple sensors and highly sensitive hardware that makes it possible for the phone to perceive three-dimensional space more like a human. "Google's Project Tango is a technology platform that uses advanced computer vision, depth sensing, and motion tracking to create on-screen 3D experiences, allowing users to explore their physical environments via their device," explained Lenovo in an official press release.

So far, very few details are known about the device, except that it will be ready this summer, and that it will cost less than $500. Lenovo has stated that it plans to add some augmented reality features to the technology, "[turning] the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world." Lenovo is working with both Google and Qualcomm on this ambitious project, as a tailored Snapdragon processor will power the device. The Project Tango announcement came alongside several other exciting device unveilings at CES for Lenovo. Also revealed at this year's show were a handful of new ThinkPad gadgets, including a laptop, a tablet, and a hybrid computer. "To break new ground in today's hypercompetitive smartphone and tablet industries, we must take innovation risks," explained the company's Mobile Business Group President Chen Xudong, "it's the only way to truly change the way people use mobile technology."

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