The LG G5 and iPhone 7 Plus both have dual cameras on the back. The Changhong H2 also has two imaging devices on the back… but one of them can do a whole lot more than fit more of your friends in one picture.
That’s because the H2 doesn’t just have a second rear-facing camera. Instead, Changhong integrated one of Consumer Physics’ molecular sensors.
That lets it do cool things like measure your BMI,tell you if a piece of meat is chicken or pork, estimate how sweet a piece of fruit is, or even determine whether or not a Viagra pill really is a Viagra pill. I didn’t think that last one up on my own, Changhong actually did that while showing off the H2 at CES last week.
It sounds like a piece technology straight out of Star Trek, but there are plenty of skeptics out there. That’s got everything to do with SCiO, the device Consumer Physics pushed via Kickstarter back in 2014. Some backers still haven’t received their scanners, and some of those who have are underwhelmed by how it performs.
The demonstrations at CES certainly looked impressive enough, however. If the Changhong H2 can deliver the same kind of performance, it could be one of the years’ most interesting phones.
There’s more inside the H2 than the molecular scanner, of course. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 2Ghz, and features a 6-inch full HD display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery.
Changhong says it will go on sale later this year in China for 2,999 yuan and the company plans to sell the H2 Stateside, too.