Lenovo’s annual Tech World event was held last week and a barrage of awesome news came out of it. From bendable phones and tablets to a brand-new Motorola Z line of phones that beat expectation with unique design features. The first-ever Tango-enabled phone was also launched! Read ahead for the all the great stuff we’ve learned.
Motorola’s Moto Z Series
We make way for a new generation of Motorola phones in the Z series. The name change isn’t all. Motorola has thrown its hat into the modular smartphone ring by launching the Moto Z and Moto Z Force that are both modular phones. MotoMods is its modular ecosystem that takes a different approach from what we’ve seen from other manufacturers. You’ll see 16 connector pins at the back of the phone that magnetically attach to any mod you wish to add on. The phone won’t need to be turned off for this like the LG G5. At launch you can choose between adding a battery pack with an extra 22 hours of juice, a JBL stereo speaker, a 70-inch projector (yeah!) and a variety of customised back panels for aesthetics.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force come with 5.5-inch displays, full metal body design, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 and the Moto TurboPower fast charging. They also promise a great camera with good low-light performance. Motorola also beats Apple to the punch by getting rid of its headphone jack to become the world’s thinnest premium smartphone. The Moto Z Force is the sturdy version with Moto Shattershield that guarantees a shatterproof display.
Google’s Project Tango has been a fascinating piece of technology. Though nothing exemplary for the average consumer but an uber innovative piece of tech for certain industries. Project Tango is a Google technology platform that uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. These sensors map the surroundings like a 3D blueprint and can be used for a variety of uses, augmented reality for example. The PHAB2 Pro marks Project Tango’s first foray into the consumer world and hopes to become as ubiquitous as GPS in order to allow users immersive and augmented experiences through third-party applications.
Through motion tracking, depth perception and area learning, the PHAB2 Pro analyses its surroundings and places you exactly where you are in relation to everything within its sensors. This technology can revolutionise a lot of aspects of your life. Museum tours would never be the same again. You can interact with and learn about every artefact you see through your phone. You can walk into a car dealership and analyse every aspect of the car through your phone. The possibilities are endless.
Along with the PHAB2 Pro, Lenovo announced the PHAB2 Plus that’s a great camera phone and the budget-friendly PHAB2.
Lenovo’s Bendable Phone Concepts
Lenovo didn’t just stick to consumer-ready products, it wanted to tease us with what the future could hold. Now we’ve seen bendable smartphone concepts for years now and Samsung’s supposedly working on launching one as early as next year, but what Lenovo showed off here was very real and could be a consumer-ready product very soon.
Lenovo showed off two concepts: Folio and Cplus. The Cplus is its bendable smartphone that can be worn around your wrist like a high-tech bracelet. The phone has hinges all over it so you can use it like a normal phone, then bend it around your wrist. Once bent, the phone breaks into three sections that you can then use accordingly. The Folio is a tablet that can be bent from the middle, transforming into a smartphone.
Lenovo didn’t let up any more details but we’re hoping we get to see these products in our hands very soon.
Gadgets aside, Lenovo showed us its smart shoes. With these shoes, users will be able to track fitness data and even play motion-controlled games. Another addition to our VR bucket list. Users can also receive customised news and information based on their activity recorded by the accompanying smartphone app.
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