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Lenovo and Google team up on first consumer Project Tango phone

Lenovo has announced that it will make the first consumer-ready smartphone for Google’s Project Tango.

Earlier in the week, Intel announced that it had made a Google Project Tango handset available for pre-order, but the device is primarily aimed at developers.

Now, at CES 2016, Lenovo has revealed that it is teaming up with Google to make the first consumer-ready Project Tango phone.

Announced early in 2014, Google’s Project Tango uses advanced optics, motion tracking, and software to obtain a complete 3D view of the phone’s surroundings. This then enables you to explore your environment in a range of exciting augmented reality (AR) ways.

Project Tango devices can recognise places you’ve been before without having to rely on GPS, which is notoriously useless indoors. In fact, it could conceivably take you directly to an item you’re after in a particular shop.

Related: Google Project Tango: Is this HoloLens for the masses?

It can also instantly measure the room you’re in, which should be life saver when buying furniture for a new place.

Lenovo’s Project Tango phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Its display is said to be less than 6.5-inches in size, which is strange way of saying that it’ll be pretty darned big.

Apparently, Lenovo’s Project Tango phone will hit shops around the world this summer, and will cost less than $500.

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