Well, that was quick. Only a couple of months after Huawei introduced the Honor 7, an updated version in the form of the Honor 7i has just be unveiled. So an ‘i’ was added to the name and looks like its the same model we spotted at TENAA earlier this month–the camera looks just like the same. See that small extension sliding from the back camera? Yup, that looks like it.
The new Huawei Honor 7i boasts off a unique camera that allows high quality selfie images, thanks to a special pivoting camera module that can be used as both rear and front-facing cam. The camera with sapphire lens features a 13-megapixel sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and flash. It’s really interesting and smart of Huawei to just improve on the camera design. Instead of adding or upgrading the front-facing cam, the company just used the same 13MP cam for selfies (and groufies too). This isn’t exactly a new idea but it’s one with the best camera and design so far.
The Huawei Honor 7i comes with a fingerprint sensor on the side instead of the usual middle, home button location. Specs include a 5.2-inch LCD IPS display, 1080p screen, Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB RAM with 16GB built-in storage or 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, dual-Nano SIM slots, microSD card slot, and a 3,100 mAh battery. The new Honor smartphone comes with a metal frame and is available in gold or silver. Phone is very thin at only 7.88m.
The phone’s design looks very much like an iPhone but that’s not as important as the flip-out camera feature. I’m guessing more people will buy this for the camera and not just because it’s a nice-looking phone. Unit is already available in China for $250 so we can categorize this as mid-range. Add $50 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. As for international availability, Huawei has not shared such information.