Chuwi DX1: 7” Android Tablet With Reversible Camera

Instead of having a fixed lens that only faces forward on a camera, why not put the lens on a hinge that allows for adjustable shooting angles? That's what Sony must've been thinking back in 1996 with its DSC-F1 point-and-shoot, and Acer with some of its laptops' webcams through 2007 or so.

Most recently, the rotating lens concept has reappeared in Chinese company Chuwi's unassumingly-named DX1 tablet. In this case, the feature contributes not only to increased flexibility, but also to cost savings.

 

 

Reason I say this is because most tablets nowadays have two cameras – one per side. The Chuwi DX1's single shooter has LED flash and clocks in at 13 megapixels, good for both video calling, and, while it might be awkward to do so with a tablet, taking photos of things.

 

 

 Under the hood are a 1.3Ghz quad-core MT8382 SoC from MediaTek, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a micro SD slot, and, surprisingly, a cellular modem supporting GSM and 3G.

Meanwhile, the screen, built with IPS tech, has a 1280x720-pixel resolution and uses IPS for decent viewing angles. The battery's capacity is 3000mAh, but a rated battery life is not given. The whole thing weighs 249 grams and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

 

Predictably enough, you can currently only buy the Chuwi DX1 from a Chinese online retailer, where it goes for the equivalent of $131 USD. Other tablets at that price point tend to be limited to slower, dual-core processors, older versions of Android, and two fixed cameras.