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Intel launches RealSense 3D Camera / Project Tango Phone for Developers; pricing $399

Intel launches RealSense 3D Camera / Project Tango Phone for Developers; pricing $399

Intel has introduced its first RealSense/Project Tang smartphone but this is not for usual consumers. The device is aimed at developers interested in the company’s RealSense depth-sensing camera project. And those who are interested need to sign up now to get a device reserved.

The phone is powered by an Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor and sports a staggering 6 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Under the hood there is also 2GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.

The phone is coming with Intel’s brand new RealSense Camera ZR300  designed to scan 3D items including people, objects, and environments. In addition to the sensor, there are also an 8MP rear and a 2MP secondary cameras.

For connectivity, the device has WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS and the device runs on Google Android OS.

The phone will also be offered with an adjustable tilt dock with HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The device is priced at $399.

Intel hasn’t revealed when the RealSense Smartphone Developer Kit will ship. Developers can us either the RealSense software developer kit or Google Project Tango SDK to develop apps that improves the camera functionality.

It doesn’t mean the company is entering into commercial smartphone world. This could be mainly targeted at other OEMs interested in using its Intel’s chips and camera technology as well as app developers who want to work with 3D, depth-sensing devices. However, the company could introduce its own phone. The company already offers Compute Stick and mini PCs.


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