When Google agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 biliion, the deal didn’t include the ATAP team or the team behind Project Ara. The same team has now developed Google’s Project Tango tablet– a smartphone/tablet that makes use of 2 incredible back cameras and infradepth sensors to capture 3D images of your surroundings.
Now, the Tango tablet has made its way to the Play Store as an official development kit, but it’s currently listed as “not for sale at this time”. The feature-rich slate is geared towards professional developers interested in 3D sensing. The Project Tango tablet is expected to reach consumers in 2015.
The 7-inch Project Tango Development Kit has a protective Gorilla Glass covering and is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core chipset. Other hardware specs include an impressive 4GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in memory, Wi-Fi, NFC- the type of technology used in mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay, and dual-stereo speakers. The device will run on Android 4.4 KitKat and not on 5.0 Lollipop and comes in two colors: black and white. There’s 1MP camera with IR LED in the front, coupled with a 4MP RGB-IR sensor and giant, 2µm pixels camera sits on the back.
All the above pretty solid specs won’t be available for a cheap price. The Project Tango Development Kit carries a $1,024 price tag. Also note the device will be sold “as is”- so you’ll likely be out of luck if it arrives defective.