Honor has officially unveiled its Honor Play 4 Pro smartphone that records and shows the body temperature. XDA-Developers reports the device to carry an infrared temperature sensor that can operate anywhere between -20ºC and 100ºC (around -4ºF up to 212ºF), hence suitable to record all possible human body temperatures. The device has already been announced for the Chinese market but we are yet to know about international availability.
It was much expected from one of the Chinese smartphone makers that always seem quick to innovate (remember the pop-up motorized camera technology). Though it sounds great, it could, however, lead to an unpolished product. And possibly we will never see such products from other brands.
A temperature-sensing ability in a smartphone is not exactly a new concept. The rugged Cat S60 from 2016 had a thermal imaging camera sensor built for park rangers and tradespeople that spend most of their work in building sites. Similarly, many smartphones have already been carrying thermal imaging sensors.
Alongside Honor Play 4 Pro in the lineup, Honor also announced regular Play 4 and a Play 4 Pro without the temperature sensor. The Honor Play 4 has a mediocre specs list with a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor, 6GB RAM, rear quad cameras (primary, wide-angle, depth, and macro).
Meanwhile, the Play 4 Pro comes with a Kirin 990 processor, 8GB RAM, dual rear cameras that comprise a zooming sensor. Nonetheless, both the regular and Pro model carry 1080p displays and support 5G.
The Honor Play 4 Pro with and without the temperature sensor will go on sale for CNY 2999 (~$421) and CNY 2899 (~$407) respectively in China, while the regular Honor Play 4 will cost CNY 1799 (~$253).