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All you need to know about the new Moto Z and Lenovo Phab

“This phone can transform itself,” said Hollywood star and Lenovo spokesman Ashton Kutcher.

tech Updated: Jun 10, 2016 14:57 IST
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“This phone can transform itself,” said Hollywood star and Lenovo spokesman Ashton Kutcher.
“This phone can transform itself,” said Hollywood star and Lenovo spokesman Ashton Kutcher.

Lenovo has a new series of smartphones -- a market-ready PHAB2 Pro smartphone imbued with Google-created Tango augmented reality technology -- that was launched at the Lenovo Tech World gathering in San Francisco.

Lenovo’s announcement comes just after Korean smartphone-maker LG revealed its first modular smartphone -- the G5 that come with at least five accessories-- in India.

PHAB2 can sense and map its surroundings, enabling holograms to be overlaid on real world settings for anything from game play to figuring out which size sofa would fit in a room.

The big-screen gadget will be available globally in September for $499.

“It is a pretty incredible piece of technology for, really, a great price,” said Tango engineering director Johnny Lee.

In what Lenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing billed as perhaps the most important announcement at the event, Lenovo also unveiled new Moto Z smartphones that can be customized with “mods” -- specialized pieces of hardware that snap into place magnetically to give handsets added capabilities.

For example, one mod let a Moto Z project video on walls or ceilings at sizes as large as a 70-inch television screen.

Another mod turned Moto Z handsets into powerful speakers.

“This phone can transform itself,” said Hollywood star and Lenovo spokesman Ashton Kutcher.

“This is actually a full-blown game-changer.”

Lenovo also launched a smartphone mod program for developers, enticing them with a million-dollar prize for a mod that best integrates handsets with services hosted in the Internet cloud.