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Debuting at CES 2017 earlier, the Changhong H2 smartphone functions like a “tricorder” from science fiction series Star Trek. Thanks to its SCiO sensor – a near-infrared spectrometer – the H2 can analyze the molecular content of a target object and provide useful information to the user. Whoa. Is this the future of smartphone technology?
The H2 can detect the sweetness of a fruit or the freshness of a vegetable. It can also be used to check a person’s body fat percentage. Having insight into the molecular data of an object, the H2 can even test whether a particular medicine is legit or fake.
According to CNET, the H2 does this by “shining a light onto objects (like fruit, medicine, and your skin), which penetrates the surface. Molecules from the object then send backlight in different ways and this information gets beamed up to a database cloud where it’s processed and analyzed.”
The scanning process only takes a moment, and built-in apps on the Changhong H2 will take care of all the data processing and analysis for the owner. As for its thoroughness and reliability, well, users will have to find that out once the Changhong H2 starts selling later this year. A unit will cost interested tricorder fans $433 (~Php 22K).
Other specs of the Changhong H2 include an unnamed octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, a 6-inch Full HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 3000mAh battery.