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CES 2017 | Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"

The Changhong H2 seems like something out of science fiction. (Source: Consumer Physics)
The Changhong H2 seems like something out of science fiction. (Source: Consumer Physics)
The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.

Ever wonder if that piece of chicken was really chicken?

Changhong showed off its H2 smartphone at CES and with it, a molecular sensor from Consumer Physics. According to Changhong, this sensor uses SCiO material sensing technology to “allow consumers to scan material [sic] and immediately receive actionable insights based on its underlying chemical composition, exploring their physical surroundings as never before.”

The sensor “can analyze the properties of foods, liquids, medication, body metrics, and much more,” which Changhong hopes “will give consumers new ways to improve their personal wellness, select the best fruits and vegetables, stick to their diets and nutritional needs, and verify product authenticity in ways never before thought possible.” Changhong plans to release an SDK for the device to allow for third-party app development.

A smartphone with a molecular sensor is definitely an intriguing idea straight out of science fiction, akin to the tricorders from Star Trek. Time will tell if the H2 can live up to its promise of accurate material sensing.

Other than the molecular sensor, the phone’s specs seem fairly run of the mill. The H2 sports “a unique 6-inch extra-large high-resolution screen and a seamless user experience with 2.0GHz/8-core CPU.” The H2 will go on sale later this year in China for ¥2,999 CNY, and Changhong hopes to release the phone in the United States at a later date.


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Sam Medley, 2017-01- 9 (Update: 2017-01- 9)