When you hear the words “smartphone” and “rotating camera” in the same sentence I bet you’d think of Oppo first, Oppo N1 to be more precise. That phablet is well-known for its rotating 13-megapixel camera, not only in China but abroad as well. Quite frankly I haven’t heard of any other smartphones which sport a similar rotating camera on top of the device, up until now that is.
Chuwi is a Chinese manufacturer which mainly concentrates on making Android-powered tablets. This time around the company has made something different, a device called Chuwi DX1. This is a 6.98-inch tablet and it sports a rather Oppo-like rotating camera on top of it. The device itself looks like a smartphone / phablet and I bet you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s a tablet by looking at its render, even the capacitive buttons at the bottom look smartphone-like. This device is featuring a 6.98-inch 720p display along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD card). The device is powered by MediaTek’s MTK8392 octa-core processor and comes with a 3000mAh battery built-in. It actually seems odd to me that the device comes with only a 3000mAh battery considering it’s sporting a 7-inch screen, when Nexus 7 (2013), in comparison, comes with a 3950mAh battery (other 7-inch tablets are usually closer to the 4000mAh mark as well). This is 3G device as well, so you can insert your SIM card in it. The device comes pre-installed with Android 4.4 KitKat on top of which you’ll find Chuwi’s very own UI. And finally, the camera. This is a 13-megapixel, 206 degree rotation camera.
For those interested, you can get this device in Jingdong Mall for 799 Yuan, which is about $130 dollars for our international readers. Not that it matters because you can get this thing only in China at the moment. I don’t know what to say to this really, why would anyone want a rotating 13-megapixel camera on a tablet device? I quite frankly don’t know, I believe there are people who might carry something like this like instead of their smartphone / phablet, but… oh well, to each its own. What are your thoughts about this device?