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All posts tagged "HiSense"

  • 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...

  • IFA 2017: The previously confirmed Hisense A2 Pro is now official

    Back in July, Hisense held an event for South African press, detailing its product lineup for the rest of the year. We managed to get a scoop from the company, confirming that they were readying the A2 Pro, an upgraded version of its dual-screen smartphone. Now, Hisense has used IFA 2017 to finally make it official -- so what's different in the successor? The Pro model delivers a power-sipping Snapdragon 625 processor, a 12MP main camera and a 16MP selfie shooter. By comparison, the first A2 featured a less powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, 16MP main shooter and 5MP front-facing camera. Otherwise, both devices...

  • Hisense Laser TV: expect crazy price tag, 2018 release for SA

    Hisense made tech headlines at CES 2017 when it revealed its Laser TV. As the name implies, it's... well... shoot. It's not really a TV but a projector, actually. Featuring a box up close to the screen/wall for short throw projection, the laser TV manages to deliver a sharp, colourful image for a projector. But what if you want to get your hands on one? Well, you'll need to wait a while and have a hefty wallet... "Laser TV in SA, we're probably going to be launching around Feb, March next year," Hisense SA marketing director Claire Noyes-Smith told Gearburn. Hisense is...

  • Hisense planning smartphone R&D lab in SA, phone production mooted [Exclusive]

    Hisense made quite a splash when it decided to build an appliance and television manufacturing facility in Atlantis, just outside Cape Town, in 2013. In fact, the company celebrated the one millionth appliance and one millionth TV rolling off the production line last month. Now, in an interview with Gearburn, Hisense South Africa marketing director Claire Noyes-Smith confirmed that plans were afoot for a research and development lab, devoted to smartphones. "There are no more plans for any more factories at this stage, but we are expanding our current factory," Noyes-Smith said. When can we expect to see smartphones being built in...

  • Hisense H10 coming to South Africa, unannounced A2 Pro confirmed

    The Hisense A2 was one of the company's more interesting smartphones, packing a regular AMOLED screen on the front and an e-ink display on the back. The e-ink screen made for reading that was easy on the eyes and huge power savings compared to a normal smartphone screen. Unfortunately, the device didn't make it to South Africa, but Hisense SA's Tony Shi confirmed to journalists that an upgraded version, dubbed the A2 Pro, would be launching. Shi was speaking to media at the company's Aim High event in Cape Town. Read more: 3 smartphones that feature e-ink displays Shi said that the A2...

  • Hisense C30 Rock Lite set for South Africa next month

    The Hisense C30 Rock (review) wasn't the most well-received handset at Gearburn, but it's one of the few rugged smartphones out there. And at R3999, it's not badly priced either. Still, if you thought the C30 Rock could do with a cheaper but similarly tough stablemate, the C30 Rock Lite is indeed a thing. And it's coming to South Africa. Hisense announced that the device would be coming to the country next month, featuring a recommended price of roughly R2499. The phone packs a budget-focused 1.3Ghz octacore processor (presumably Snapdragon 400-series), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 5-inch 720p display,...

  • Hisense C30 Rock: It’s invincible, but you’ll wish it wasn’t

    The Hisense C30 Rock is indestructible, but its software is so insufferable that you will almost wish it wasn't. Think Edward Cullen: beautiful exterior, strong like steel, but damn if you don't try and fight it anyway. The Rock and I got off to a bad start. The review phone Gearburn had been sent was still set to demo mode, and, every time it was unlocked, played a taunting jingle that haunts my dreams. And while that shouldn't bother the average consumer, I want you to understand the mocking nature of this phone. It promises, then giggles as it takes...

  • Don’t spend flagship money: here are 4 cheaper water-resistant phones for SA

    We've seen the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung launch water-resistant phones in recent years, having a rather hefty price tag as well. What if you don't have R12 000 or more to spend but still want a water-resistant smartphone? We've got a few picks for you. HiSense C30 Rock/HiSense Infinity KO Our review is still pending, but the C30 Rock is definitely one of the leading choices when it comes to affordable IP67 or IP68 smartphones. The C30 Rock packs a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter and 32GB of expandable...