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HiSense Infinity H6 smartphone review

 
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Overview
 

Manufacturer: HiSense
 
Price: R4,000
 
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Value
8.0


 
Performance
7.0


 
Features
7.0


 
Total Score
7.3
7.3/10


User Rating
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Positives


Dual Sim | Solid build and finish | Camera

Negatives


Not for those who want high specs


Bottom Line

A mid-range phone that looks the part of a flagship.

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Posted April 13, 2015 by

 
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As the concept of owning a smartphone has become ‘standard’ in my head through years of use, I find myself calling it my ‘Twitter machine’ more and more often. Over time I realised this was less of a joke and more truth. A lot of the resource intensive apps have been moved to my tablet, with the phone being used, primarily for Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and sometimes email, if my tablet was out of reach. So why then, do I keep going for the biggest, fastest, most expensive version of smart phones? Probably because I thought mid-range phones would be absolute rubbish. I was happy to be wrong about this.

Meet the HiSense Infinity H6. You wouldn’t know it just by looking at it, but this is a R4k phone. It really doesn’t look the part, does it? A 5″ 720p screen is housed in a mixture of plastic glass and metal and its pretty responsive considering it only has 1GB of RAM inside.

The build quality of the device is, in a word, solid. It has a nice heft to it, a reminder of that large 2,000mAh battery inside the casing. The metal is smooth to the touch, without being slippery, which makes one-handed use feel secure. Of course not everyone has the hands of a wookiee, so you might want to use both hands.

The rear camera is 8MP and I was really impressed with its wide range of applications. The camera could focus clearly on this small d20, about the size of a postage stamp, making those close-up pictures of small objects and fine details easy to take. It has an LED flash for darker environments but don’t expect anything mind-blowing from it. (I am a DSLR fan that likes off camera flash, sorry.)

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In the battery life department, I tried to see what the phone would do while handling a really busy activity log. With all my Google notifications running, meaning all my email, Hangout IMs, Google searches and Twitter notifications running through the phone while connected to wi-fi, I was able to get just shy of 13 hours out of the device before it finally surrendered to a deep, dark sleep. This puts it well ahead of what my aging iPhone 5 is capable of surviving, which is pretty impressive. Thanks to running Kitkat 4.4, the phone can also be tweaked so that the battery lasts even longer. There is a fair amount of bloatware that could be done away with, but I kept tinkering to a minimum. The battery is also a permanent fixture, in case you have a history of destroying Li-Ion technology.

For a giggle I put the phone on a table right next to my sister’s Galaxy S5. When it was time for her to leave, she picked up the Infinity H6 before pausing and complaining that the weight was wrong. If that isn’t an indication of the finish of this mid-range phone, I’m not sure what is.

Specifications

Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat

Network
SIM Slot Dual SIM
SIM Type (Size) Micro SIM
2G GSM GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850M/900M/1800M/1900M
3G UMTS WCDMA:900M/1900M/2100M

Connectivity
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
BlueTooth Version 4
GPS Yes
USB Micro USB 2.0
WiFi Yes
WiFi Hotspot Yes
Headphone Jack 3.5mm

Display
Type IPS OGS
Size 5.0″
Resolution HD,720P,1280×720
Glass type OGS (One Glass Solution)
Multi-Touch Yes – 5point

Circuitry
CPU 1.2GHz Quad Core
RAM 1GB
Storage Memory 16GB

Camera
Main Camera 8MP Auto Focus
Secondary Camera 5MP
Video Recording Yes
Flash LED
Focus Auto
Panoramic Function Yes
Geo-Tagging Yes

Physical
Dimensions 138.5×71.5×7.9mm
Weight With Battery 130g

Battery
Capacity 2,000mAh
Standby Time 120H
Talk Time 300MIN


Garth Holden

 
I like so many things that it would take me several lifetimes to get through them all. So I tell you about them, so you can choose where your time and money gets spent.


  • Admiral Chief asked for this

    Awesome review dude

  • FoxOneZA

    Any idea which Snappy dragon is in this phone?

    • Valshen

      Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212 SoC 1.2 GHz