Hisense’s Next Smartphone Is Almost a Kindle – Geek Review

Front, back and side views of Hisense's new E-Ink smartphone in front of an abstract white wave background or a wavy water texture background
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When you think of new smartphones, you probably think of fancy specs like a great big screen or a powerful rear camera system. But the new Hisense Smartphone E-InkA9, will make you think differently about great screens.

While the phone doesn’t have a giant bright OLED screen that will look good while gaming or watching videos on TikTok or Twitch, it does provide a screen that readers will love. The E-Ink Carto 1200’s 6.1″ 300ppi display uses a HyperWave waveform engine that should provide a 33% faster refresh rate and more precise color temperature adjustment (with 36 levels to choose from).

What’s really cool is that the phone’s display also has 27 LEDs. This makes the phone super tuned to readers, as it reduces eye strain, even if you spend all day scrolling on Twitter or enjoying reading a bunch of e-books.

Thanks to the 4000mAh battery, you’ll have plenty of power for reading all day or doing whatever else you might be doing with your phone. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. Connectivity-wise, the phone supports 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 662 processor powering the A9, which runs on InkOS; This is based on Android 11 and you can download any compatible apps on it that you want. As far as audio is concerned, you are looking at the ES9318 chip for HiFi output and support for popular codecs like LDAC, SBC, AAC, and AptX Bluetooth. This makes it great not only for listening to music, but also for listening to your favorite audiobooks.

You can buy the Hisense a9 E-Ink smartphone today here, priced at $409.99. It is available in two variants: 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, or 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. Sounds like a fun mid-range phone aimed at readers, and hey, it buzzes around your phone and Kindle, right?

via Good e-reader



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