In an effort to help their models stand out from the crowd, smartphone manufacturers have been turning to some interesting camera designs. Sometimes that brings us phones like the PureView Lumia 1020 with a big ol’ rear sensor, while other times we end up with something like the HTC Desire Eye and its dual high-res front and rear cameras. One old idea from the days of flip phones has even started making a comeback, with Oppo turning to rotating cameras for the N1 and new N3, where the same physical camera pulls double duty as it snaps both front and rear pics itself. Today we’re looking at another handset that call upon one camera for both front and rear shots, though one quite different from anything’s Oppo’s made – and really, quite different from anything anyone’s made, as near as we can tell.
The Doov Nike V1 has a five-inch 720p display, runs a MediaTek SoC, has 2GB of RAM, and gets its juice from a 2480mAh battery. Those are alright specs for a budget phone (and indeed, the V1 will sell in China for what works out to about $325), but they’re not what we’re interested in here.
It’s the phone’s camera that’s captured our attention, with a 13MP Sony sensor and dual LED flash that pivot up from the phone’s back, up and around the top, allowing the assembly to shoot rear pics one moment before flipping forward to grab selfies. If seeing the camera exposed like that already has you fearing for its safety, you can rest a little easier knowing that the lens is protected by sapphire crystal. There’s also OIS in there to help keep things sharp.
While you probably won’t have the opportunity to buy the Doov Nike V1 yourself, it’s still got a noteworthy design which we’re curious to see if other phones attempt to copy.