There’s great, there’s gr-eat and then there’s “oh my god, are you [edited] kidding me this is [edited] awesome!”
That’s pretty much how I felt when we first laid our eyes and rather outstretched hand on Hisense’s C20, a 5-inch LTE-enabled Android smartphone first introduced at this year’s CES. You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking it’s an iPhone mixed with one of CAT’s attempts to mobility — it pretty much unofficially is and depending on your taste and needs, that could be a good thing. The C20, which is already available in-store as we speak, comes outfitted with what we’d expect from a high-end smartphone: Snapdragon 415, 13-megapixel camera, 1280p IPS display, 3,200mAh battery and Android 5.1 Lollipop. So the performance and shine are there, but its the life proof features that it boast of.
With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 415 powering the C20, the overall user experience zips along smoothly and briskly. There’s hardly any hesitation when effecting input actions, accessing the app drawer or launching applications. And viewing angles are also excellent, owing to that IPS display. As you can see from our gallery (demo video to come soon), the KO’s also running a light skin atop Android, but it’s not so cluttered as to make the phone confusing and nearly unusable a la Samsung’s TouchWiz.
In case you were wondering, this shock-, dust- and water proof (up to 1m for 30 minutes) beast is sold at a retail price of R3999. We’ll have our full hands-on with it published in the next week