Lenovo Tech World 2016 is now behind us and while it wasn’t necessarily the most hotly anticipated event of the season — WWDC and E3 both begin on Monday — it was still an action-packed show during which we saw some exciting new products take shape. The star of the show had to be the new Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, which is the first smartphone in the world to bring Google’s Project Tango augmented reality solution to life, but Motorola’s new phones were also high points during today’s festivities.
In this article, we’ll run through all of the biggest and most exciting things unveiled during Lenovo Tech World 2016.
Lenovo kicked off the show with YouTube star Meghan McCarthy showing off two awesome prototypes — actual flexible, foldable phones and tablets. They won’t be released anytime soon, but we saw a tablet that folds in half to become a phablet, and a smartphone that folds like a slap bracelet to become a wearable device.
This is the Lenovo phone we’ve been waiting for, and it finally brings Google’s Project Tango to life.
The PHAB2 was built around the Project Tango experience, which is Google’s Android-based augmented reality solution. Like Microsoft’s HoloLens, the PHAB2 merges the physical and digital worlds. For example, one of the first available AR experiences will be GuidiGO, an augmented reality app that takes users on a tour of a real museum and displays digital content around the exhibits.
It’s incredibly exciting tech, and you can read more about it in this post.
Two more PHAB2 phones
The PHAB2 Pro is clearly the highlight of Lenovo’s PHAB2 family, but the company also announced two more devices along side it.
The company’s PHAB2 packs a bit less power and a lower price point ($199 unlocked!), though it still offers augmented reality features and a large 6.4-inch HD display. Also included are a 13-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage and a microSD slot for expandable memory. The PHAB2 Plus adds a dual camera to the back and will cost just $299 unlocked when the three handsets launch this coming September.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force
The last announcement of the day covered two brand new Moto Z phones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
Moto’s new Z is the thinnest flagship phone in the world at just over 5mm thick. Meanwhile, the Z Force adds a more rugged case and a shatter-proof display.
The star of the show is the phones’ modular “Snap” feature. Like the LG G5, the new Moto Z phones have special connector ports on the back that allow users to connect a range of “Moto Mod” accessories that add all sorts of new features to the phones. Initial Moto Mods include a projector attachment that can beam a 70-inch screen onto any wall, a JBL stereo speaker attachment, and a battery pack.
In the US, the phones will be Verizon exclusives among carriers this summer, Lenovo will then begin selling unlocked versions directly to consumers in the fall.
Learn more about the two new Moto Z phones right here, and a video showing the phones in action is embedded below.