COVID-19: Huawei’s temperature-taking smartphone is the perfect addition to 2020

Huawei’s latest phone feature, a thermometer, is probably a good indication of how our priorities have changed during these strange, strange, COVID-19 times.

It cannot be understated how strange 2020 has been so far, and between the global pandemic and worldwide protests, it’s fair to say the world may will for better and worse never be what it was before.

Huawei are still dealing with its own existential crisis. The US doubled down on its trade restriction against the Chinese hardware manufacturer. As a result, Huawei had to reinvent themselves without access to Google Mobile Services.

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Despite the problems they’ve faced, Huawei are continuing to do what made them one of the best phone manufacturers in the world and create good hardware.

In this case, though Huawei isn’t adding more cameras, memory or processing power. Huawei added an IR thermometer to their latest phone.

In the time of a global pandemic, this is a brilliant move for both regular customers and companies. Many countries require that companies do temperature checks for customers and employees entering their premises.

Honor’s IR thermometers

With IR thermometers prices spiking due to demand having a phone with built-in thermometer could be a good solution for smaller businesses.

The IR remote will ship with the Huawei Honor Play 4 Pro. The Honor phones are typically Huawei’s mid-range models which have a flagship feel to them.

The device was debuted on Chinese social media site Weibo. According to the video, you’ll be able to aim your phone at someone’s forehead tap to capture, and you’ll get a temperature reading.

According to Huawei, the Honor 4 Pro can read temperatures from -20 degrees celsius to 100 degrees celsius.

Non-contact temperature readings

IR temperature readings are the preferred way of screening for COVID-19 in non-clinical settings despite the fact that not all cases of COVID-19 present with a fever.

Additionally, non-contact temperature readings are typically less accurate as it measures the skin temperature, which can be affected by ambient temperature.

Still using a non-contact thermometer is still likely to identify some symptomatic people and that’s good. Time will tell if other manufacturers follow suit and add the feature to their devices.

We’ve just breached the 7 million mark, with 7 064 991 confirmed cases reported globally, along with 4040 566 deaths and 3 451 684 recoveries. Whether it catches on or not, the Honor Play 4 will be a reminder of just how strange 2020 has been.

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Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/

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