Google invites developers to buy superpowered Project Tango tablet

Project Tango packs a serious punch. Photo: Google

Project Tango packs a serious punch. Photo: Google

A select group of Android developers have been invited to purchase Project Tango, Google’s superpowered developer tablet that costs a whopping $1,024. Only limited quantities of the device are available, Google says, and only those chosen to receive an invite will be eligible to purchase one.

Project Tango certainly won’t be available to consumers, then, but we can’t imagine too many people will be disappointed they cannot buy a 7-inch tablet priced at more than $1,000 anyway. Having said that, this is by far the most powerful Android tablet that you can buy, aimed at “professional developers interested in the future of mobile 3D sensing.”

In addition to its 7-inch IPS display with 1920Ă—1200 resolution, Project Tango packs NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, dual front-facing stereo speakers, and a 4,960mAh battery. The device also has a 4-megapixel motion tracking camera on its back, and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera with infrared LED that provides 3D depth sensing.

Unlike Google’s Nexus tablets, Project Tango also has a microSD card slot. However, it ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat rather than the search giant’s latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop operating system.

If you visit the Project Tango page on Google Play, it simply says the device is unavailable, which means those selected to buy one are likely given a special URL to use to place their order — or their email addresses are whitelisted. Either way, the only hope you have of picking one of these up without an email is eBay — if they show up there — and they’ll almost certainly cost even more.