Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, which is the first Project Tango device for commercial sale, will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. Project Tango is Google’s augmented reality initiative, which allows devices to become more aware of the space they exist in. Architects, interior decorators, AR game developers and home renovators will all be able to make use of Tango’s spatial awareness to make complicated decisions.
Qualcomm also claims its processors will be able to run all of Tango’s functions while using less GPU power, thanks to various improvements it has made on its chips. Although initial demos of Tango showed the usage of external computational devices, Qualcomm is confident the Phab 2 Pro will be able to perform just fine on its Snapdragon 652 SoC.
Qualcomm says it has achieved this mean leanness via software optimisations to its Snapdragon Heterogeneous Processing Architecture, which means that its upper-end Snapdragon 800 and 600 series processors can be used on Tango-ready devices without the need for any radically new chips. The company says it has been developing the Tango tech in tandem with Google over the last year and a half and is sure these chips will get the job done.
According to Lenovo, the device should be up for sale during September, but the US might see an earlier sale date.