This afternoon during Tech World 2016, Lenovo unveiled a wide-array of new products including PHAB2 Pro, the world’s first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone. The company also introduced the Moto Z family with Moto Mods that transform your smartphone into an entirely new device.
Over 1,300 people were in attendance today, the event was held at the Masonic in Silicon Valley, marking the second annual global conference.
Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang led the keynote livestreamed on Lenovo’s YouTube. In addition to launching products, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Juniper Networks’ founder, vice chairman and CTO, Pradeep Sindhu and tech leaders from Google shared their insights on the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including IoT and smart connectivity, the power of big data and transformative user experiences.
Krzanich took the stage to showcase the latest amazing experiences in gaming, sports and the cloud made possible by Intel technology. Using the Lenovo Y900 based on the 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor with Oculus Virtual Reality, Krzanich showcased how people can now be completely immersed into the gaming experience in a virtual world.
“Lenovo’s newest generation of PCs paired with Intel’s latest processors are becoming more powerful, versatile and mobile – and delivering amazing new experiences,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “With our continued innovation together, Intel and Lenovo are elevating virtual reality and making e-sports more personal, immersive, and engaging. Gamers can now step into stunning visuals, and feel a part of the gaming experience like never before. This is just the beginning. With Yoga 900 and Intel’s 360 replay technology, just think what this means for the future of all sports – we’re transforming how fans experience their favorite sports. Lenovo and Intel are also delivering the best cloud experiences – delivering large scale memory capacity and high-performance for real-time analytics for the world of smart and connected devices.”
Additionally, with the Lenovo Y900 and Intel 360 replay technology, fans can now be more immersed in the sports experience and soon can choose how they view game highlights from almost any perspective. To close out his presence, Krzanich highlighted the importance of the cloud as the foundation for all of these amazing experiences. Lenovo recently launched their latest data center platform based on the new Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family featuring large scalable memory capacity, industry-leading performance and hardware-enhanced security for real-time analytics.
Sindhu shared during his keynote how the next generation of the data center will help clients transform more quickly by linking large scale data center connectivity to the world via devices. This next-level of networking will be critical not only to end-user devices but also for connecting inside and between data centers.
Today with tech entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher the company also introduced the Moto Mods ecosystem with two flagship smartphones and a collection of interchangeable backs that transform the mobile experience into exactly what a customer needs, exactly when they need it. This includes adding a larger battery, a big screen projector or a boombox.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force feature an all metal design, great low light camera performance, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and Moto TurboPower charging. Moto Z is the world’s thinnest premium smartphone and Moto Z Force brings the added benefits of Moto Shattershield – guaranteeing the display will not to crack or shatter.
The new Moto Mods included the JBL(R) SoundBoost or a 70-inch movie projector with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. There’s also the Power Pack, which instantly adds 22 hours of life to your phone – and it comes in fashionable designs from partners like kate spade new york and TUMI.
High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. Plus, with the Moto Mods Developer Program, you can develop the next generation of Moto Mods.
The Lenovo Capital Fund will be setting aside seed funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. It has set aside $1,000,000 for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017.
One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of the Tango technology, a set of sensors and software from Google that senses and maps its surroundings to make a host of cutting-edge smartphone augmented reality (AR) experiences possible.
“Put simply, we wanted to take what was an amazing concept and transform it into a commercially viable mobile device,” said Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager of Android and Chrome Computing, Lenovo. “From the moment we saw Tango, we knew it could become pervasive, just like GPS. However, to truly make the PHAB2 Pro a game-changer, we developed it at an affordable price for mainstream consumers, delivering not just a bleeding-edge phone, but an all-around fantastic phone that’s first to market.”
“Tango enables our devices to sense physical motion and space and, as a result, has the power to change how we interact with our surroundings. We believe that devices with positional tracking functionality will be pervasive and are happy that the PHAB2 Pro will introduce these new capabilities, making your phone even more useful,” said Johnny Lee, Engineering Director at Google.
“Lenovo needed a highly robust and dependable platform for Tango and we are extremely pleased they chose the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor for its advanced technology and comprehensive design,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The close collaboration between Lenovo, Google and Qualcomm Technologies allowed this new and innovative user experience to be implemented completely in software on the Snapdragon 652, allowing us to meet Lenovo’s aggressive deployment schedule without needing a separate co-processor or requiring hardware re-certification.”
“Tango technology will allow customers to see how their home improvement visions translate into reality like never before,” said Richard Maltsbarger, Lowe’s Chief Development Officer. “By bringing the PHAB2 Pro to Lowe’s, we want to empower customers with a tool to help them design, start and complete their home improvement projects with confidence.”
The new flagship device represents the combined efforts to promote mass acceptance for Tango, a technology that promises to become as prevalent as GPS.
The PHAB2 Pro aims to transforms how we interact with our surroundings by enabling mobile devices to detect their position relative to the world around them, unlocking AR experiences via customized apps.
The PHAB2 Pro uses three core technologies – motion tracking, depth perception and area learning – to sense its surroundings, enabling experiences ranging from AR gaming to virtual object placement. For example, with Tango technology PHAB2 Pro can begin to change the way people think about mapping indoor spaces to create new experiences like future AR museum tours via the GuidiGO app.
Homeowners can also now use their PHAB2 Pro to remodel their homes by visualizing real home furnishings in their living rooms and kitchens. Home improvement company Lowe’s is one of the first partners to develop a Tango-enabled application, Lowe’s Vision.
Lowe’s Chief Development Officer, Richard Maltsbarger, along with Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis demonstrated on stage the power of this app to make home design and renovation easier. The app empowers customers by leveraging Tango technology to measure spaces and visualize how products like appliances and décor, or materials like countertops or backsplash tile, will all look and fit together in a room. With Lowe’s Vision, customers will be able to control a new generation of AR tools with a mere tap of the finger. In the U.S., the PHAB2 Pro will be sold at select Lowe’s stores nationwide and online by the end of the year.
The PHAB2 Pro also pioneers the Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology, allowing users to capture the rich, clear and deep surround sound they’ve recorded. Lenovo also announced two other smartphones in the PHAB2 family with the PHAB2 Plus, known for its photo abilities, and the affordable PHAB2.
Pricing for the Lenovo PHAB2 will start at $199 (USD); PHAB2 Plus will start at $299; and PHAB2 Pro will start at $499. All will be globally available beginning in September. In the US, the PHAB2 Pro will be sold at select Lowe’s stores nationwide and online by the end of the year.
The Lenovo CPlus and Folio concepts highlight how flexible screens and components can enable dual-devices and multiple usage scenarios like never before. Lenovo also refined their connected Smart Shoes technology based now on the Intel Curie module and featuring wireless charging.
With Smart Shoes, users can track fitness data, play motion controlled games and receive customized news and information based on their activity data pushed to their smartphone.
“The data center is set to become the foundation of an interconnected world. The explosion of data created from billions of devices and endpoints requires next-generation IT to deliver on its promise. Companies usually don’t set out to build IT infrastructure to reach their business objectives but, increasingly, they are looking to an automated, software-powered infrastructure to help them simplify their operations and deliver true business agility,” said Pradeep Sindhu, Founder, Vice Chairman, and CTO at Juniper Networks.