Huawei’s new phone screens coronavirus symptom with temperature sensor

Chinese company unveils smartphone with the capability to read temperature

The next best thing in smartphone tech? Body temperature sensors

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Smartphones have always been the modern technological equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, combining a phone, a music player, a camera, a Global Positioning System, a PDA and more in one device.

In fact, Huawei's new phone could even help users screen themselves for the coronavirus with a built-in thermometer.

The move came at a time when Huawei, the world's second-largest smartphone maker, said during the first quarter of this year it accounted for 55.4 per cent of China's 5 G market.Honor, created in 2013 to complement the Huawei brand, focuses primarily on its millennial audience and people looking for young lifestyles in the fashion. The demonstration shows that the device's owner just needs to aim the smartphone at someone's forehead, tap the app, and the phone will provide a temperature reading to identify if the person is suffering from a fever.

While temperature readings aren't a guaranteed way to screen for COVID-19, fever can, of course, be an early indication of infection. As reported, the Play 4 Pro will work in a fairly extensive spectrum of temperatures that range from -20 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius or about -4 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The innovation uses an IR temperature sensor that will allow the device to perform a fever screening on a person.

The Honor Play 4 Pro, which was released Wednesday, includes an infrared temperature sensor near the back camera, according to Ars Technica. It runs Android 10, but the United States export ban.

Currently, the Honor Play 4 Pro is only available in China, and isn't too pricey, coming in at 2,999 yuan which is around £334, and it has the specs to match the price tag with a Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 4,200mAh battery. As you'd expect with the USA trade ban, it doesn't have access to Google services and Play apps.

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