Hisense Infinity H30

Hisense Infinity H30 smartphone review

Hisense Infinity H30
OS
Android 9 (Pie)
CHIPSET
Mediatek Helio P70
CPU
Octa-core (4 x 2 GHz Cortex-A73, 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU
Mali-G72 MP4
RAM
4 GB
BATTERY
Li-Po 4530 mAh
PRICE
R5,499

Let me be honest. Until now, I mostly knew Hisense for its other products – TVs and fridges – not their phones. However, I must say that my time with the Infinity H30 has been excellent.

The unboxing experience was surprising. I was initially met with standard items such as earphones, a type C charging cable with the charging block, and a manual. But what caught my eye is that Hisense includes a plastic phone cover and a glass screen protector. To me, this is a sign that Hisense genuinely cares about and understands the regular smartphone user’s needs. This attention to detail was welcome and appreciated because I fussed over whether I was going to have to buy those items separately – the phone also comes with a one year warranty on the screen, you’re welcome.

In terms of its form factor, the Infinity H30 isn’t too different from what we’ve seen from recent competing phone models. It has a large 6.53-inch display with FHD+ resolution, with a waterdrop shaped notch at the top and an 83% screen-to-body ratio. The colour from the screen is vibrant and overall refreshing to look at and use. What really makes the H30 stand out is its premium metallic gradient finish. I have the Ice Blue version, and it’s genuinely as cool as it sounds, no pun intended. The phone is admittedly stylish, and I couldn’t help but stare at the back from time to time to admire how great it looked. It’s lightweight and nice to the touch as well.

Out of the box, the phone comes preloaded with Android Pie, so that’s a bonus in my books, powered by a Mediatek Helio P70 chipset, an octa-core 2.1 GHz CPU, ARM Mali G72 MP3 900 MHz GPU, and 4 GB RAM. I wasn’t too familiar with Mediatek’s chipsets, but the Helio P70 is often compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660. So, like any basic gamer out there, I downloaded PUBG to see just how well it would run and I had a blast. The overall gaming experience is smooth – the phone heats up slightly, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Switching between apps is a breeze and seamless as well.

The Infinity H30 sports a whopping 128 GB ROM, which is extendable with the use of a MicroSD up to an additional 128GB. That is a lot of space. My previous phone had 64 GB of internal storage, and it took me quite some time to fill it up. The phone has a non-removable lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 4530mAh, which has lasted me throughout the day and even beyond that. With regular usage, I’ve only ever found myself needing to charge the phone late into my day before going to bed late at night, and at times I’d only charge it the next day, albeit in the morning. The H30 even comes with a battery saver AI function, which extends the battery life quite a bit, but I haven’t found the need to use it as much.

For security, the H30 features a facial recognition AI and a fingerprint scanner located at the back of the device. Firstly the fingerprint scanner is incredibly responsive and quick. In the split second that I’d place my finger on it, the phone’s already unlocked and ready to go every time, no delay whatsoever. Moving on to the facial recognition feature, it’s quite functional – a lot more than I expected it to be in fact. I honestly find myself using facial recognition a lot more than I do the fingerprint scanner, but that’s just a matter of preference. The feature does struggle a bit in low light, which isn’t surprising, so I forgave it in that regard.

The phone has a dual rear camera of 20MP + 2MP, which captures crisp pictures. Shots are detailed, and the camera’s AI successfully identifies different scenarios and adjusts the settings accordingly.  In total, the camera AI is built to identify 16 different scenarios. In the front, you’ll find a 20MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0 that takes some high-quality selfies as well, including a “Beauty Shot” feature that may initially seem like Snapchat beauty filters with extra steps, but is definitely interesting to use nonetheless.

Pricing for the phone starts at R5,499. By no means is this phone meant to be a direct competitor to smartphones like the iPhone X or the Samsung S10. However, the Hisense Infinity H30 is a mid-range phone that genuinely offers a premium quality experience and an extensive set of features for an affordable price.

BOTTOM LINE
For the price, this phone offers a lot of neat features that I'm sure would please most smartphone consumers out there.
PROS
A comfortable price point for cool and advanced features
The big screen makes for great viewing experiences and gaming
Long-lasting battery
CONS
Facial recognition is a bit finicky at times
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