When you think about the local smartphone market, Hisense is not a name that immediately springs to mind. The Chinese firm has a solid history on the local consumer electronics landscape, but its smartphones have only been available in South Africa since 2015.
To date Hisense has primarily played in the mid-range space, and last month they introduced a pair of devices to the South African market in the form of the Infinity H30 and H30 Lite.
It’s the former device which we’ve been able to review, with the Hisense Infinity H30 in ice blue, landing on our review desk. With that in mind, we find out if this new mid-range smartphone is good enough to go up against some tough competition in that segment.
The Hisense Infinity H30 hits the ground running with its large 6.5” display, which is great for watching videos, browsing social media and viewing pictures thanks to the generous dimensions on offer.
It also has a massive 20MP selfie camera that is located at the top of the display inside of the screen notch, but we’ll get to that a bit later. When flipping the H30 on its side, the usual array of a power button and volume rocker are found.
One of the interesting features on the H30 is the smart button located on the right hand side of the phone. This button allows users to take screenshots, bring up split screens and switch between cameras without going back to the main screen, and actually comes in pretty handy.
Switching back to the left side, the SIM card tray is present, with the slot also catering to the MicroSD card.
Focusing on the back of the smartphone, it features two rear cameras with a 16MP and 2MP lens, and flash located at the left side. This mix in particular is great at capturing the pictures.
The Infinity H30 also features a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, but comes with Face ID too to unlock the phone with a look, so there are a couple of options available to secure the device.
Crystal Clear Camera
As mentioned before, Hisense infinity H30 has three cameras, one single selfie camera and two rear cameras.
Starting off with the selfie camera and the picture quality it offers. It comes with a 20MP resolution, which offers good quality, and allows you to zoom in at four times to help bring smaller details into focus, for even the smallest details to be seen.
Being a selfie lover this camera is particularly great.
When it comes to the two rear cameras (16MP and 2MP), they are great for capturing close-ups, as well as wider angle shots, and are also capable of four times zoom. One thing that really impressed is the fact that images do not become grainy when maximum zoom is applied.
As for the the video quality the H30 is equally solid, and can capture content at up to 720p at 30fps.
All Day-Long Performance
The battery onboard is 4 530mAh and in our time with it was able to last a full day before needing to be charged. When it comes to battery life the Hisense Infinity H30 will not let you down. It also features a power saving mode that can be switched on once the battery is running low, and can prove helpful when needing to get a little extra juice out of the phone.
Now getting into the internal stuff such as storage and performance. In this regard it must be said that Hisense upped its game when it comes to this mid-range phone.
The performance while multitasking in particular was impressive, as there were no signs of the H30 being slow or overloaded by processor-intensive apps. This impressive performance was matched by our testing too. When we benchmarked the H30 on AnTutu, it scored 142 933, which is above the average for other similarly specced and priced mid-range phones.
As for the other internal components, 4GB RAM is available, along with 128GB of storage.
Overall using the Hisense Infinity H30 was a joy, but we did have one minor issue.
It has to do with the user interface of the device, and the fact that Hisense has not added any of its own applications such as a gallery or mail client. As such users will need to stick with whatever Google has made available on the phone, which is not a bad thing, but ultimately limits your options.
Besides that there is very little fault to find in the Infinity H30, as it a great design, is comfortable in-hand and can multitask easily, along with having superb battery life.
For R5 999 (RRP) it comes highly recommended if you’re in the market for a good value for money mid-range phone.