Huawei has just announced a new and rather unique smartphone, the Honor 7i. While its name and design suggest that it’s another variant of the flagship Honor 7, it features several interesting features. Not only does it have a fingerprint sensor placed on its side, its rear camera can flip up to act as the front-facing camera as well.
We got our first glimpse of the Honor 7i when it appeared on TENAA as the Huawei ATH-AL00. True enough, the eject button on the side of the smartphone to flip the 13MP camera also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. While it’s not the first smartphone to offer a different take on a camera’s functionality, it is one of the first devices to have a side fingerprint sensor.
In terms of hardware, Huawei decided to power the Honor 7i with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor instead of its own HiSilicon Kirin processor, which is rather interesting. Other specifications include a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, 2GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card), Emotion UI 3.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, LTE connectivity, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The Honor 7i is now immediately available in China, but no word yet on its global availability. In terms of retail price, it is going for 1,599 Chinese yuan (about RM1,030) and 1,899 yuan (approximately RM1,220) for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.