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All posts tagged "HiSense"

  • 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...

  • 5 solid smartphones under R5000

    Smartphones have come a long way in the past decade, from the awkward but capable Symbian camera phones to the modern era's large-screened marvels. And nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the budget arena. It can be argued that the R4000 to R5000 arena represents the best balance of features and price, delivering some flagship-level functionality at a more wallet-friendly price. We picked a few standout picks in this bracket. Huawei P9 Lite The P8 Lite did fantastic numbers in South Africa last year, laying a claim to being the most popular handset, aside from flagship devices. Fortunately, the P9...

  • 3 smartphones that feature e-ink displays

    We've seen dual-camera smartphones for a while now, but did you know that dual-screen phones are a thing as well? Sure, you get the Kyocera Echo, being reminiscent of the Nintendo DS. But you can indeed find smartphones with secondary e-ink displays too. Here are a few you should keep in mind. YotaPhone 2 Designed by Russian firm YotaDevices, the YotaPhone 2 was rather cutting-edge upon its release back in 2014. There was an up-to-date Snapdragon 801 chip, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Look at the front and you've got a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen, but the back plays host to a...

  • MWC 2017: you may have missed these smartphones

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has seen all the big players reveal their smartphones, with the likes of Huawei, LG, HMD Global and more delivering the goods. But the event is massive and, inevitably, some phones fall through the cracks. With that in mind, we look at a few devices you may have missed. Sony The Xperia XZ Premium may have received all the attention, owing to its 4K HDR screen and 960fps super slow-motion capabilities, but the Xperia XZs deserves some love as well. Sony's other high-end phone at MWC sticks with a 1080p display, but keeps the 960fps slow-motion feature and 19MP...

  • Hisense A2: a phone with an e-ink display on the back

    Hisense has been making a few capable yet well-priced smartphones over the last few years, such as the Infinity Pure 1 and the more recent KO handset. Now, it seems like the firm is gearing up for a rather interesting device in the form of the Hisense A2, Phone Radar reports. The publication reports that the new phone has passed TENAA certification (China's Icasa equivalent). So what are we getting then? The standout feature is the 5.17-inch, 960x540 e-ink display on the back of the phone, being slightly smaller than the 5.7-inch full HD main screen on the front. For the uninitiated,...

  • Hisense announces extended smartphone warranty plan

    Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has announced it will now offer new smartphones purchased in South Africa with a 24 month warranty. This is in effect for all devices purchased from 1 September 2016. According to the company's SA brand manager, Ryan Curling, the warranty ensures that the company continues building its brand in the country. "For the past 20 years, Hisense has worked hard to build strong brand loyalty and trust in South Africa. This 24-month warranty on newly purchased phones shows that we are confident to put our money where our mouth is, providing customers peace of mind when buying...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • Hisense Infinity KO hands-on: rough and tumble

    Hisense isn't a brand you'd generally associate with ruggedness, but its new smartphone is looking to change that emphatically. Dubbed the Hisense Infinity KO, the company has gone with the "life is hard on you, but even more so on your phone" approach, so it's built a tank in the confines of a smartphone. Lifeproof is a term you'll hear more of from the company in its marketing material, and it does fit the device fairly well on first inspection. That term insinuates a few bold claims too, a set of claims that waterproof master Sony doesn't dare make. But Hisense...

  • Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot review: a smart starter

    Buckle down, kids, because the Chinese device invasion continues this week. This time round, it's Hisense, a company that perhaps has more investment in South Africa than what many may initially believe. Unlike many of its competitors, it owns a factory in the Western Cape which manufacturers the vast majority of its fridges, televisions and other hardware we use in SA. This year the company is also scheduled to introduce smartphone construction to this bouquet, and one of the devices that'll likely be pieced together there is today's test subject. We're talking about the Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot, and yes...