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All posts tagged "HiSense"

  • Hisense Infinity F24 review: part of the crowd

    Pretty much every new phone has a screen above five inches nowadays, even those that retail in the "budget" range. Even more common, it seems, are budget phablets. And the latest company to join this band of brothers is Hisense. The Chinese manufacturer told Gearburn back in February that the Hisense Infinity F24 would arrive in the country by March. And they weren't lying. On our test bench for the past few weeks, the Infinity F24 shows just how far Hisense has come as a device designer and manufacturer. Shedding the utilitarian design philosophy of the two previous Infinity devices -- the...

  • Hisense H11, F24, E7 hit SA, here’s what they’ll cost

    Hisense is no stranger to the South African mobile landscape, producing a few budget devices as well as several durable (yet mid-range) smartphones. Now, the company has announced its latest crop of devices for South Africa, in the form of the H11, F24 and E7. The H11 is undoubtedly the star of the show here, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor that's at pretty much at the bottom of the mid-range market. In fact, this is the same chipset seen in last year's Hisense C30 Rock (review). Other than the older chip, it's got a 12MP main camera (Hisense says it, 16MP selfie camera,...

  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • Hisense to launch two phones in South Africa next month

    Chinese tech firm Hisense might not have much of a smartphone presence in developed markets, but it's certainly got a presence in South Africa, headlined by its rugged C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO devices. The company also has a few less spectacular budget offerings, and it'll be bringing two mid-range phones to South Africa next month, a representative told Gearburn. "Hisense Infinity F24, Hisense Infinity E7 will be available from March," the firm's Ivan Tian wrote in response to an emailed query. We initially asked about the availability of a mysterious phone that popped up on China's TENAA website. Looking for budget smartphones?...

  • Budget Hisense smartphone leaks: what is it? [Update]

    A few weeks back, we reported on the existence of the Hisense P9, being a rugged device that popped up on China's TENAA regulatory body (think their version of Icasa). Now, TENAA has yielded another Hisense handset, but it's certainly a budget device. The new Hisense smartphone (model number: HLTE212T) packs a tall 1440x720 6-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, rear fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and a non-descript 1.4Ghz quad-core processor (presumably all lightweight A53 cores). Driving home the budget nature is the single 8MP camera on the back, while selfies are handled with a 5MP shooter. Read more: 5 more...

  • Hisense P9 confirmed, but what about SA release? [Exclusive]

    Hisense is known for its cheap yet rugged smartphones, such as the C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO. So we weren't completely surprised to uncover the existence of the P9 on the website of China's TENAA regulatory body. Featuring a dual-camera setup, a mammoth 6GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a huge 6000mAh battery, the device certainly stands out. And that's aside from the tough design. We saw previous rugged Hisense phones come to the country, so can we expect the P9 to visit South Africa then? "Regarding the P9 smartphone, Hisense global will select where to launch this outdoor...

  • Hisense P9 leaks, packing 6GB RAM, huge battery, rugged design

    Hisense has gradually been climbing up the smartphone ladder, delivering a few affordable yet tough devices locally in the past 24 months. Now, it appears as if the Chinese firm has another rugged phone up its sleeve, in the form of the Hisense P9. The phone made an appearance late last month on TENAA, China's regulatory body for telecommunications. And it's looking like a rather capable device, featuring 6GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup (TENAA claims 8x "optical zoom", oddly enough), 64GB/128GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and a massive 6000mAh battery. The latter essentially means the phone should...

  • Hisense buys Toshiba’s TV unit in R1.6bn deal

    Hisense's TV division has enjoyed a rather brisk rise in South Africa, but it seems like global operations are doing big numbers as well. Now, the company has announced that it's acquired Toshiba's TV unit. "In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (TVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, with the price of 12.9 billion Japanese Yen (R1.6-billion)," the Chinese company announced in a press statement. So what does Hisense gain from this as a result? "Hisense will obtain the TV businesses, including production, research and development, and sales functions," the release reads --...

  • Hisense backtracks, no A2 Pro launch for South Africa

    Back in July, we heard from a Hisense South Africa official that the A2 smartphone would be missing the country. Tony Shi, Hisense SA's cellular product line director, told media that the unannounced (at the time) A2 Pro model would be coming to our shores though. Last week finally saw the device confirmed at IFA 2017, so we thought it would be wise to chase more specific launch details for South Africa. Now, the company's local marketing agency has confirmed that the A2 Pro is no longer on the cards for the region. Hisense has made an about-turn on the A2 Pro coming...

  • IFA 2017: 4 noteworthy smartphones you should know about

    The latest edition of IFA played host to more than a few decent smartphone reveals, although last year's event was pretty noteworthy as well. In any event, here are some of the better smartphones to be announced/revealed at IFA 2017. LG V30 The electronics firm used the preceding weeks to stoke the coals for the hype train, delivering a drip-feed of information. But the final product definitely seems to have garnered a positive reception. The V30 continues the media-focused trend of the V-series, packing features like smooth zooming on any subject in a frame, Graphy functionality for manual photography and (of course) manual video...