The selfie wars are heating up – Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has officially unveiled the 7i, which takes an unusual path to better selfies via a rear camera that flips to the front. Yup, the Honor 7i’s rear 13-megapixel camera has a hinge that allows it to rotate to the front (flash and all) that gives users an edge over its non-roteable brethren. Aside from getting a higher quality front camera, the hinged design also cuts down on the bezel size on front of the phone.
Honor 7i specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor
- Adreno 405 GPU
- 2GB/3GB RAM
- 5.2-inch full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 16GB/32GB of storage, expandable via microSD
- 13-megapixel main camera, swivels to the front
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with EMUI
- 3,100mAh battery
The Honor 7i uses a metal frame and interestingly, uses a new type of fingerprint scanner on the side that’s a fraction of the size of regular fingprint scanners. Huawei says that the fingerprint sensor works even if your hands are sweaty, and promises that the scanner unlocks the phone faster than previous iterations of the tech.
Internally, the Honor 7i uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor (that’s not a typo), with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores at 1.2GHz, paired with an Adreno 405 GPU. There are two variants of the 7i when it’s offered in China: a 2GB RAM/16GB storage version and a 3GB RAM/32GB storage version that will be priced higher. Both versions will sport a microSD expansion slot. The 7i uses a 5.2-inch full HD display, as well as LTE connectivity and a 3,100mAh battery.
The Honor 7i will be hitting China first though international release is unknown at this point. The 16GB model is priced at RMB 1,699 (Php 12384) while the 32GB model is priced at RMB 1,899 (Php 13842).