Retailing for just under R4000, the Hisense KO takes on a local stance in South Africa, catering for the rough and wild gadget users.
Its Lifeproof stance, means that it is shockproof, dustproof and waterproof. This means that whether you are a mountain biker, swimmer, or even love spending days outside under the South African sun, the phone’s IP protection has you covered.
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Hisense Infinity KO Tech-Specs
|OS||Android OS 5.1|
|Dual Sim||Yes 4G LTE Ccapable|
|Camera||13MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|Dimensions||132g (144 x 72.1 x 8.6mm)|
In the Box
In the box you will find:
- Hisense KO Mobile Device
- Charging Cable
Previously, these waterproof phones would come at a premium, but the Hisense Infinity KO packs it all under its hood. The device has a 5.0-inch display, which is encased in a rubber bevelled case, which means it will withstand a few bumps every now and then. The audio port is the only questionable design flaw, as it has a plug in it which you need to remove when listening to music, and plug it back in when you are about to get the device wet.
Its 5.0-inch display runs at 1280×720, crisp and clear. Inside it is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM (impressive) and 32GB of storage. Although there is no SD card support, the device does support dual-sim, for those who are looking for it. Camera quality is great with a 13MP camera in the back, and a 5MP camera up front.
Probably the best thing about the device is its design. Think of the Galaxy S6, with iPhone 4 edges, in rubber. Hisense is going for a rough but practical design, where the device stays firmly in your hand thanks to the rubber, but it never comes across as cheap. The power button is placed on the right hand side of the device, similar to the Galaxy and iPhone 6 and above. Tucked away under a removable piece on the left hand side is the sim card slot and charging port. Overall the design felt practical, but most of all, high-end. The Hisense Infinity KO feels more durable and expensive than the Galaxy S5, as that was plastic and made from cheap materials. It is really a high-end product, on a budget.
Performance wise, the device managed to impress on countless levels. Although we experienced a bit of lag when multi-tasking 4 apps and above, everything we threw at it was handled with great speed. Apps and games loaded fast, and unlike many devices which we have covered over the past few months, the device did not heat up at the back when under pressure. The lowest brightness is not that low, and you can still see what you are doing. Saying that, the battery was fantastic too, holding out to almost a full day of use, to around 12 hours. Charge time was quick, with around 3.5 hours until fully charged.
The Hisense UI which is Hisense’s Android build, runs extremely smoothly. It’s more reminiscent of iOS than Android and bares quit a few similarities. It also has next to no built-in apps, which keeps the OS clean and clutter free at all times. This is refreshing as many of the devices on the market are all weighed down by built-in apps. Other than the few Google apps, you will not find anything unwanted here.
The 13MP camera might not be the best in the world, but for a phone under R4000, it’s not bad. Pictures in low-light were below average, while nature shots proved to be rather pretty. Again, this just shows that the device is capable of some rather high-end features, below budget. Like all Android devices, the camera app has some built-in features like beauty mode and low-light, this is great if you know your way around the camera, but do not feel obligated to use them.
Hisense might be advertising the Infinity KO with the slogan “LifeProof” but there is so much more here than just the ability to handle some dust and water. The device is powerful, fast, water proof, and the best part, cheap. It is everything you ever wanted in a smartphone, for a fraction of the cost.