The latest offering from Huawei’s sub-brand is the Honor 7i, which features a 13MP flip camera that can rotate 180 degrees. The rotatable nature of the camera means that you can use it as a front-facing shooter to take selfies as well. Another interesting feature on the phone is a fingerprint sensor on the side, marking a departure from the more conventional use cases we’ve seen thus far.
The fingerprint sensor is located on the upper left hand side, which allows you to unlock the phone using your left thumb or index finger. Honor mentions that the fingerprint sensor works even when your hands are sweaty, with the vendor utilizing “enhanced fingerprint recognition algorithms” technology that allows you to unlock the phone faster than earlier iterations. You can also use the fingerprint sensor as a shutter key when taking photos.
The phone has a thickness of just 7.8mm, with a metal frame around the sides. Hardware is in the form of a 5.2-inch full-HD display, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 616 SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores (four clocked at 1.5GHz and four at 1.2GHz) and an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD slot, dual-SIM connectivity, 13MP camera with f/2.0 and dual-tone LED flash, LTE connectivity and a 3,100mAh battery.
Honor will also offer a variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, which will be priced slightly higher. On the software front, the Honor 7i comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 3.1 loaded on top.
The Honor 7i is currently up for pre-order in China for 1,899 Yuan ($297) for the 32GB model and 1,699 Yuan ($265) for the 2GB edition, with sales set to commence sometime in September. Given Huawei’s focus on international markets with the Honor sub-brand, it is likely we’ll see the Honor 7i heading to various countries in Europe and possibly India. We’ll let you know once we hear more regarding global availability.