Huawei might have a veritable phone camera revolution on its hands with the unique Honor 7i that is was just unveiled, as promised. The phone has appeared in pics and video, and it shows a camera system that turns the 13 MP rear camera into a front-facing one with the flip of a finger. The concept is similar to the rotating camera of the Oppo N3, but executed in a less complex manner.
It makes sense to use the rear camera for selfies, as that is usually the better model of the pair that manufacturers place in their phones. Moreover, it saves on components to outfit the phone with an additional shooter, so Huawei could have used the space saved for something else. The sole camera unit has been given an additional emphasis, too, boasting a Sony sensor, f/2.0 aperture, sapphire lens protection, the works. For those worried that the rotation which flips the camera 180 degrees will wear with time, Huawei is quick to assure us that the mechanism can withstand at least two years of usage even if you flip it 132 times a day.
Other than the intriguing camera, the Honor 7i is a midranger, with a 5.2" 1080p display, Snapdragon 616 SoC, 2 GB/3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB/32 GB of internal memory, as well as a 3100 mAh battery to back it all up. The other unique feature of the phone, besides the dual-use camera, is the fingerprint sensor, which has been mounted on the side, allowing Huawei to boast very high screen-to-body ratio for the Honot 7i.
The Chinese versions start from $250, but internationally the phone will probably land at $300-$400, depending on the model.