News: New Moto X Packs AR Features in Its Camera

New Moto X Packs AR Features in Its Camera

Lenovo has been no stranger augmented reality, both in products for consumers and services for developers.

At IFA 2017 in Berlin, after taking the wraps off of their AR headset and controllers for the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR game, the company introduced the latest smartphone from its Motorola brand, which delivers AR camera features out-of-the-box.

With its dual-rear camera system and ultra low-light front camera, the Motorola X4 enables users to apply AR filters into their photos and videos. Image via Lenovo

The Moto X4 has AR filters integrated into its camera app, giving users Snapchat-like capabilities to add embellishments and animations to their photos and videos without the third-party app.

The camera app also offers computer vision features. Not unlike functionality previously introduced by Samsung with Bixby, Apple with Core ML, and Google with Lens and MobileNets, the Moto X4 gives its owner more information about objects that the camera sees.

While it doesn't have the depth-sensing capabilities of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the Moto X4 does offer tools for the fun side of AR that are more familiar to consumers.

Running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, the Moto X4 sports a dual-rear camera, an ultra-low light front-facing camera, 32 GB of storage plus up to 2 TB via microSD, and a 3000 mAh battery under a 5.2 inch IPS display. Like many of its peers, the smartphone possesses fast-charging and water-resistant qualities as well. Interestingly, the phone boasts Amazon Alexa as its onboard assistant.

In addition, Lenovo showcased its entry into Windows Mixed Reality with the Lenovo Explorer. Expected to be available globally in the coming weeks, the headset will retail for less than previously rumored, costing $349 on its own or $449 when bundled with motion controllers.

Lenovo Explorer. Image via Lenovo
Cover image via Lenovo

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