Huawei Honor 7i borrows some of the design elements from the Huawei Honor 7. But there is a major change in the way; you are going to click photographs. The Honor 7i features the rotating camera to take some incredible selfies.
Huawei folks are so obsessed with making the best selfie smartphones; they didn’t want to put the second secondary camera to click selfies, they added a pivot instead, and made the rear camera flip to take the selfies with the 13 MP lens.
The placement of the camera and the way it is integrated to the smartphone is a major design change. The world’s first rotating camera smartphone reportedly was made by Oppo when they launched the Oppo N1 in October 2013.
The major difference in the way Honor 7i is designed is the camera unit actually when rotated to the front protrudes above the body of the smartphone. The flash and the lens unit can be rotated 180 degrees to click the gorgeous looking selfies whenever needed.
Though this appears like a smart approach to cut down build cost, and still have the ability to click selfies using the primary camera. This has not been successful in the past due to more failure/breakages of the rotating camera assembly.
The Huawei Honor 7i
The Excellent design of Honor 7i –The best part in the design is you don’t see the ugly cuts on the front screen of the Huawei Honor 7i, which makes most of the rotating camera mobiles look weird from the front. Not in Huawei Honor 7i, the front looks neat and clean without any evidence of the rotating unit anywhere.
The honor 7 came with a 20 MP camera which is a bit downgraded to the 13 MP lens in the Huawei Honor 7i.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the left side which provides a security function and acts as a camera shutter button. Now, this may seem a little odd to people who would like to use the fingerprint sensor at the front bottom like Apple phones or even at the back. Side placement of sensor may be a bit strange to use initially.
The screen is 5.2 inches and offers a Full-HD IPS display (1080*1920 pixels). The phone runs on emotion UI 3.0 on top of Android Lollipop 5.1.
Powering the phone is an Octa-Core snapdragon 616 processor (this is the latest gen of Snapdragon processor which succeeds the Snapdragon 615) backed with 3 GB of RAM and internal storage space of 32 GB. There is also a 16 GB version with 2 GB RAM. The internal storage is expandable to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
The smartphone will have support for 4G LTE along with the native support for the 3G and 2G data.
The device has a massive battery back up with 3100 mAh nonremovable Li-ion battery.
The phone is available only in China and costs 300 USD for the 32 GB version and 250 USD for 16 GB version; currently, there is no news about the global release.
Currently, Huawei has two top-selling models in the Indian context – The Huawei Honor 6 priced at Rs. 14,999 and the Huawei Honor 6 Plus priced at Rs. 26,499. Both the smartphones cater to the upper midrange segment of buyers and compete with the like of Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One.
We are yet to get the Huawei Honor 7 in India; we may expect the Huawei Honor 7i to launch in India, in the winters of 2015. The mobile will cost close to Rs. 20,000 in the Indian market at the time of launch.
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