Project Tango covers smartphones and tablets using special cameras, sensors and software in order to map out a “3D model of the space around you.”

Qualcomm has just announced that it and Google are working together on a new Project Tango handset that will be powered by the Snapdragon 810 chipset. That includes an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU. The phone is not going to be made available to the public as it will be offered only to developers and device manufacturers. It essentially is Qualcomm’s reference phone design with Project Tango capabilities built in.

“Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to power the next generation Project Tango development device,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “We’re excited to work together with Google and Android developers to help deliver new, innovative visual experiences using depth-sensing technology on mobile devices.”

Google announced at I/O that the Project Tango developer kit tablet will go on sale next week at a price of $512. It will be available from the Google Play Store for everyone, and will contain the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset inside. This is the same tablet that launched earlier this year for developers, priced at exactly twice what Google is asking for now. It includes a 7-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. Two cameras are included along with a depth sensor. The slate supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and 4G LTE connectivity.


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