Huawei's new smartphone has a 180-degree rotating camera

The Chinese company unveiled the Honor 7i product, which comes with a camera attached by a hinge.

Huawei's newest smartphone has a rotating rear camera that can flip forward to take high quality selfie photos.

The Chinese company unveiled in Beijing on Thursday the Honor 7i product, which comes with a Sony 13-megapixel camera attached by a hinge.

The hinge lets the camera rotate at 180-degrees, allowing users to take photos from both the device's rear and the front. Once the camera is flipped to face forward, the phone's software will automatically enter into a selfie-taking mode.

Huawei isn't the first to come up with the concept. Over a year ago, rival Chinese handset maker Oppo also launched its own smartphone with a rotating camera called the N1

Users might be concerned about the camera's durability, but Huawei claims its phone can be rotated over 100,000 times, and can withstand 50 kilograms of weight.

Huawei declined to disclose its international plans for the phone. But the company's Honor brand is striving to become a bigger name on the global marketplace.

Products under the Honor name are already available in 74 markets, and the brand is preparing to enter the U.S.

As for the Honor 7i, the phone runs Android 5.1 and comes with some higher-end specs, including a 1080p 5.2-inch screen. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor that uses eight-cores, and the phone will have 2GB or 3GB of RAM.

In terms of memory, it can have either 16GB or 32GB, but has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The Honor 7i also has a 3100 mAh battery.

To give the phone a sleek look, the product is fitted in a metal frame. On the left side of the phone there is also a fingerprint scanner.

Huawei is pricing the product in the range of 1599 yuan (US$250) to 1899 yuan. It will be available in China on Sept. 1.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?