Lenovo made quite a few announcements at their Tech World conference in San Francisco. Including the first consumer product with Google’s Tango (formerly known as Project Tango) and the Moto Z.
And in case you missed the keynote livestream, you can find it below.
Lenovo Phab2 Pro
This is the first ever phone with Google’s Tango that will be available to consumers. And as the name suggests, it’s a huge phone (a phablet if you will) with an array of cameras and sensors on the back of the device.
You’ll find a massive 6.4-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM. It also has 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). It will also have a 4,050 mAh battery with 2.4x fast charging.
It also has a fingerprint sensor, DOLBY Atmos sound with the ability to capture 5.1 audio. In terms of camera, there’s a 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 16GB rear-facing camera, a depth camera and a motion tracking camera for Google’s Tango.
The main reason for a phone with Tango is to be able to map your environment using the four cameras mentioned to measure distances in real time, or playing virtual games in the real world.
The Lenovo Phab2 Pro will be available in September but will start shipping in August. It will cost $499 USD unlocked and be available at retailers such as Best Buy and Lowe’s.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force
After numerous leaks, the Moto Z is officially here and it brought along a shatterproof sibling for the ride.
Both phones have a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processors with 4GB of RAM. Either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot with support for up to 2TB. Both phones have a metal body.
The Moto Z Force has a shatterproof display and is exclusive to Verizon in the US.
They both also have support for Moto Mod which is what Motorola is calling their modular system.
You’ll also find both phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and have a fingerprint sensor on the front. One thing to point is that both devices have USB Type-C ports but they also don’t have 3.5mm headphone jacks but Motorola is including a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter in the box.
Both phones have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera but the Moto Z has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera while the Moto Z Force has a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Both have Turbo Charging but the Moto Z has a 2,600 mAh battery while the Moto Z Force has a 3,500 mAh battery.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are water-repellent due to the nano-coating.
Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be available later this year. In the US, both phones will launch as DROID editions and be exclusive to Verzion and will be available this summer.
Everyone else will be able to buy the Moto Z unlocked in the fall with the option to customize it with Moto Maker.
One of the big features on the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force is modular functionality. So you can change the style and functionality of your phone using a Moto Mod.
There will be Style Shells that can be customized on Moto Maker that can add touch of colour or add a different feel to the phone with leather, wood and nylon options.
We’ll also see Moto Mods that can add functionality to your phone such as a speaker from JBL that also doubles as a battery for 10 more hours of usage. There’s also the Moto Insta-Share projector which can project your phone’s screen into 70-inches And there’s Incipio offGRID power pack Moto Mod that can add 22 hours of extra battery.
Motorola is also working with companies like Kate Spade and Mophie to make more Style Shells and power packs for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
The Moto Mods attach to the phones using “really strong magnets” so there’s no need to worry if they’ll fall off while in use.