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Google's 3D mapping Project Tango prototype gets the teardown treatment

It may not be finished, but it's easier to fix than the Galaxy S4
Wed Apr 16 2014, 16:42

GOOGLE’S 3D MAPPING PHONE called Project Tango has been given the teardown treatment, uncovering the device's unique camera setup.

Google unveiled Project Tango earlier this year as a prototype smartphone that can map the world around it thanks to its custom hardware and software that allow it to create a visual 3D map of its surroundings.

Google has bravely given a Project Tango device to the iFixit team, which has been quick to pull the device apart and reveal its inner workings and specifications.

Google Project Tango gets the teardown treatment

iFixit decribes Project Tango as "basically a camera and sensor array that happens to run on an Android phone," with the device's camera set-up boasting a 4MP RBG/IR camera, a 180 degree rear-facing fish-eye camera, a 120 degree front facing snapper and two computer vision co-processors.

iFixit's teardown also revealed that the 5in Project Tango device features a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage that's expandable via microSD card.

While iFixit didn't get its mitts on a finalised version of Project Tango, it still declared the device one of the easiest to repair, with a score of nine out of 10, losing a point only for the fact that a few components are soldered to the motherboard.

Still, this sees the device trumping the Galaxy S5, which recently scored just five out of 10, and the iPhone 5S, which scored six out of 10.

It's unclear when Google's Project Tango will make it into the hands of consumers, but 200 developers already have prototype devices. µ


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