2016 is the year of the Google phone. With the announcement of two new Pixel phones that can easily compete with both the Apple iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, the search giant is going all out this year. But if you’re in the market for a new phone this November with the latest Google tech, you may have a hard decision ahead.
The Lenovo Phab2 Pro
The Lenovo Phab2 Pro is said to be released in November featuring a huge 6.4-inch phone equipped with Google’s Tango depth sensing 3D camera system. The tango system scans the world around you, plays augmented reality games, helps navigate indoors and even sees how new furniture and appliances might fit into your home. Plans to release the phone in the summer were delayed until September and then until November. The phone should sell for $499 unlocked.
Can it Stand Up to the Pixel?
The main difference between the Phab2 Pro and the Pixel is choosing between virtual reality and augmented reality. The Google Pixel is the only phone of the two compatible with the Daydream Virtual Reality headset. The Phab2 Pro doesn’t have the required AMOLED screen to support smooth virtual reality. Although it’s safe to assume that in the future Google will upgrade both phones to be compatible with their virtual reality technology. “You can imagine in the future you won’t have to make a choice, but that’s a bit further out,” said Clay Bavor, head of VR at Google, hinting that a single phone might eventually support both the Tango and Daydream platforms.