ION360 U is a portable 360-degree camera & battery case for your iPhone or Galaxy


It's tough to gather the penetration level of 360-degree cameras on consumers. For starters, they break down to two kinds of camps – dedicated ones, and ones that are attached as an accessory. We've seen plenty of solutions from both categories already, like the dedicated Samsung Gear 360 and the 360-degree MotoMod, but the ION360 U is specifically targeting iPhone 7, 7Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8and S8+ users.

That's because the ION360 U is particular to them, boasting a handy phone case that allows the 360-degree camera to attach properly to the phones in question. Whichever one you end up going, the tight-fitting cases double as battery cases as well, boasting 1260 mAh battery cells that can charge your smartphone on the go. This, too, is used to power the 360-degree cameras, which are positioned over the top of the case.

As for the specs, they're not too shabby. It features two 7.4MP cameras with 200-degree views, 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 recording at 30 FPS, and livestreaming support for Facebook and YouTube. With Facebook in particular, not only can you stream in 360 using your personal account, but you can also do it with Facebook pages that you manage. Everything is captured using the accompanying ION360 U app for Android and iOS.

If you happen to own any of the phones we mentioned that's supported by the ION360 U, just know you'll be forking over $299.99 to pick it up online through ION360's web site – or alternatively, on Sprint's web site. There's also a deal going on right now through Sprint where you can save $100 when you bundle the ION360 U with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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2 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

$300 for a device that will only work with 1 type of device that you may or may not have next year.... This kind of accessories are stupid... On the other hand I still have and use my QX100 camera, and while its function is becoming less and less relevant as smartphone cameras improve, It has worked flawlessly for my past 3 devices, and I also pair it occasionally to my wife's devices for a total of 5 phones... it was a great investment and the quality of pictures is enough to cover important events as well... they should design a 360 camera that can be attached to any smartphone either by USB type C or wirelessly, but a case+something-else is dumb. It is definitely not the same target, but it makes so much more sense to make a camera than you can use for years to come with any new device that arrives in the future.... it makes your investment more logical. This is the same reason why I will always rather get an external powerbank instead of those case+battery ones...

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not to mention how ugly that case is lol.

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