Lenovo held its annual Tech World conference today in San Francisco with a live broadcast featuring Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing, who took the stage to share his vision for the future and of course, to launch a handful of new cross-connected products including the Project Tango-enabled Phab2 Pro, the flagship Moto Z and a handful of hot-swapping magnetic modular accessories.
The big announcements
- Lenovo partnered with Google to introduce the first phone with Google Tango: the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, a flagship device with a 6.4-inch Quad-HD display, 4GB of RAM and four cameras -- three of which are next-gen depth-sensing smart cams. The Phab2 Pro will be available globally for $499 (equivalent to £345 UK or AU$672) unlocked in September 2016.
- If you're not a fan of Tango, you can plan to buy the Lenovo Phab2 Plus, an affordable Android phone with dual rear cameras. It'll be sold at $299 (£206, AU $401) and will be available worldwide in September.
- Finally, the basic Lenovo Phab2 is the least expensive phone of this second generation of Lenovo phablets that will also sell worldwide in September, this one for $199 (£137, AU $267).
- Lenovo also announced the next generation of Moto smartphones, the super-thin Moto Z that ditches the headphone jack and the enhanced Moto Z Force with a shatter-proof screen and a 15-hour battery life. These phones are via Verizon exclusively in the US, and the Moto Z (but not Force) is going global with unlocked models in September.
- The company also showed off Moto Mods, which are small modules for the Moto Z phones that you can easily snap on and off without turning off the phone.
- Moto Mods coming soon include the Insta-Share Projector with a built-in battery and an adjustable angle, the JBL SoundBoost speaker, and Incipio Power Packs that extend the internal battery life an additional 22 hours. Tumi and Kate Spade also partnered with Lenovo to create custom designs for the Power Packs, and the Moto Mods will be available at the same time as both Moto smartphones in September.
Everything else we heard about today
- Lenovo demonstrated concept phones and tablets with fully flexible screens and bodies.
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on-stage to demo The Unspoken, a new VR game for the Oculus Rift running on the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 (with an Intel processor, of course).
- Lenovo showed off Intel's 360-degree interactive Replay technology using a video of NBA highlights playing on an IdeaCentre Yoga Y900.
- The company gave us a sneak peak of its smart shoe that can track steps, navigate and interact with video games.
- Google's Project Tango -- the room-sensing augmented reality tech used in the rebranding as just "Tango." -- is
- You'll be able to use the Phab2 Pro powered by Tango to calculate three-dimensional measurements in an augmented reality environment using the depth-sensing camera on the phone.
- Johnny Lee from Tango also brought a Tyrannosaurus Rex to life using an AR app from the American Museum of Natural History, set up a game of digital dominos without the messy clean-up, and showed off a space visualizing app from Lowes stores coming this holiday season. Lowes will also sell the Phab2 Pro in retail stores later this year.
- Founder, Vice Chairman, and CTO of Juniper Networks Pradeep Sindhi took the stage to tease "stunning" advances in the future of the data center infrastructure.
- Motorola is also launching a Moto Mods Developer program along with a competition to design a unique Moto Mod for a chance to win $1 million in equity funding.
- Fashion designer Vivienne Tam announced a custom collection for the Moto Z that will debut this September at a special event for New York Fashion Week.