Lenovo is hoping its joint venture with Google to launch a smartphone with augmented reality and a new handset from subsidiary Motorola with a range of snap-on accessories will help the Chinese electronics giant step up its challenge Apple and Samsung.
Google's Project Tango is a technology platform that allows mobile devices to use augmented reality (AR) – the ability to superimpose computer images onto the real world and have them interact with objects in the picture.
Lenovo's new PHAB2 Pro, is the first smartphone to be powered by Tango. The 6.4 inch device, unveiled Thursday, has a so-called "quad HD" screen and uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 processor.
While much of this is similar to many Android devices on the market, Lenovo's camera has special depth-sensing hardware to allow it to use AR technology. The main camera is 16 megapixels.