Hisense HS-U8 review
TweetPhone manufacturers often take pride of the extravagant names they brand their products, but it’s possible that the Hisense HS-U8 is more to its maker than just a decorously-specced smartphone. In any case, the introduction of the HS-U8 – followed by last week’s Lenovo’s burlesque of smartphones. Hisense though, has done a great job cranking out remarkable phones that will increase the attention of consumers looking for high-end devices at comfortable price range.
Considering its laundry list of specs, the Hisense HS-U8 isn’t a top-notch handset compared to some of its dual-core competitors. Of course it’s the first time we’re diving inside Hisense waters and we can’t say we don’t like what the company has done so far in view of design and internals. Therefore, we’re eyeing the Hisense as a step nearer to the OEM lastly realizing its ultimate objective. So, can it play alongside the big boys? Will we be amused? Is it the Merimobiles phone? That’s exactly what we are here to find out.
And it begins with the display – actually taking the benefit of a 4-inch TFT display, although Hisense HS-U8 employs a slimmer and wider screen that makes it easier to hold. And because of a WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, its panel’s pixel density points approximately around 245ppi; of course not a high-res by any extension, but we surely can’t say it’s a lightweight either – and just an idea of where it stands in evaluation, Samsung’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket is at 207ppi, while iPhone’s 4S Retina Display stands at 326ppi.
We didn’t have any color concerns under normal conditions, but under direct sunlight they appeared distorted. Viewing angles are average like most smartphones, so you won’t have deep difficulties watching movies or reading text from acute angles.
An excursion around the phone starts at the top which is adorned with the normal 3.5mm headphone jack, while the right is home to the power / screen lock button, which isn’t wrong positioning for anyone holding the phone using their left hand. The slightly raised volume rocker keys are on the left side with the micro-USB powering port conveniently placed dead-center on the smartphone’s bottom side. The right side of the phone is completely smooth, without any camera keys. A 0.3 MP front-facing cam dwells just on top of the display, whereas the usual four capacitive navigation keys spread out below.
The Hisense technically speaking may not be a premium gadget; nevertheless it has some noteworthy companionship: it houses a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A and Adreno 200 GPU, a close chipset powering the Nokia Lumia 800 and Sony Xperia arc S. It also accompanies 512MB of RAM, which is average for nearly every mid-range smartphone. And trust us, it was rather prompt for our needs – of course, you won’t miss tiny bit of lag when trying to open image-heavy websites, but generally it performed at satisfaction levels. The touchscreen is also responsive too.
All told, the Hisense HS-U8 may not be riding on the best chipset currently available, nor the slinkiest components otherwise, however it’s one of the best smarphones we’ve witnessed from Hisense make to date (let’s touch base if Hisense shows up again). It’s clear the company has put lots of attention into the HS-U8, and if this smartphone is any hint, we guess Hisense has even improved devices left to share with the world this year.
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