While many know Hisense for its TVs and appliances, it has an impressive lineup of smartphones. Its latest Infinity H30 smartphone packs a serious punch in the mid-range market, including features like a low-bezel screen and AI camera.
Out the box, the phone comes with the usual charger, charging cable and earphones. There is a surprise in the box: a screen protector and a clear case. A nice value-add to the already affordable smartphone.
The polycarbonate plastic body feels premium, especially for a device in this price range. It has a colour changing body, depending on the angle at which it is held. The colour of the device we reviewed is called Ice Blue, and shimmers in darker and lighter blues. Aesthetically, this is a big win for Hisense.
The 6.5″ screen is a narrow-bezelled FHD+ display with good colour replication. Hisense is known for creating colour-accurate displays and it’s good to see it continue this legacy in its smartphones. The shape of the display is interesting, taking some design notes from Huawei’s Dewdrop display with what Hisense calls the “U-Infinity Display”. It makes the phone look really good.
On the rear of the phone, one finds a dual-camera setup with fingerprint sensor. On the bottom of the phone, there is a speaker, a USB Type-C Port and a headphone jack. The speaker’s placement on the bottom isn’t optimal and the sound is muffled if one accidentally covers the single speaker area.
The 4,530mAh non-removable battery is very capable, providing a good 12 hours of medium usage (checking messages every half hour and playing an online game every hour) until it reaches 20%. The battery capacity isn’t the only power feature of the device; it runs on the latest Android Pie operating system, which includes AI power-saving software measures to keep background apps from using battery.
It is a little disappointing to see the device came with some pre-installed games. Fortunately, one can uninstall them. Hisense makes up for this by issuing Android updates and security patches as the come out. This, coupled with the MediaTek Octa Core processor, provides a good user experience for playing games and multi-tasking.
The H30 has a whopping 128GB of on-board storage, and it can be expanded even more with a MicroSD card. The 4G-LTE capabilities are perfect for most high-speed broadband situations, with around 40Mbps download and around 10Mbps upload in an area with good cell service.
The 20+2MP rear camera configuration is good at taking shots on Auto mode, but pictures can be better after figuring out all the camera modes available. There is a professional mode for those who want to be extra creative with their photography. It also includes a baby mode, which plays various noises to make a baby look at the phone for a better picture. The AI mode can be enabled to make full use of the processor in the device, and fif the camera mode to be selected based on scenes photographed.
The 20MP front camera performs equally as well. This camera is the reason for the U-like shape at the top of the screen. The camera app has beauty-face filters, for those wanting a slimmer face or smoother skin.
Overall, the Infinity H30 is a prime example of a good phone in an affordable price range. The camera is very capable, and the AI processing helps what would otherwise be a regular camera. The aesthetically pleasing colour saves the day, and makes this mid-range device look like a high-end flagship. The device is retailing for R5,499 from most major carriers.
Eseye cuts IoT dev time by 75%
Eseye’s new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform reduces device prototyping time from an average of 12 months down to three months or less.
The time it takes to develop, prototype and roll out new IoT devices has been dramatically reduced by the new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology from Eseye, the UK-based cellular IoT connectivity specialist.
On average, an IoT device currently takes around 12 months to bring to market. which is a barrier to the success of many IoT projects. The new platform fast-tracks the process from initial idea to a working prototype in a few weeks, maintaining the momentum of an IoT project.
When combined with Eseye’s rapid prototyping methodology, HERA300 allows IoT theories to be tested in their native environments, where real data can be gathered to support operational planning and investment business case requirements. Once the required data is captured, it can be delivered to hyperscale cloud providers, such as AWS, through preferred System Integrator partners, to maximise a wide range of additional IoT services and functionality.
Alongside HERA300, Eseye has developed an eight-step rapid prototyping methodology that enables the rapid build and deployment of IoT devices. From building the initial model, to carrying out iterative test and development stages, resulting in a prototype that can be confidently and successfully deployed immediately into the field. Using Eseye’s methodology removes a significant amount of financial and reputational risk throughout the exploration phase of the project and builds significantly on the likelihood of success for the final approved designs.
Jon Darley, director of Things at Eseye, says: “With the rapid growth of IoT ideas we recognised the need to create a solution that would embed a technically robust testing process, but also significantly reduce time to market and increase competitive advantage. The HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology successfully fulfil this brief and reduce IoT device development time by at least three quarters. This will unlock significant opportunities for companies that wouldn’t otherwise have been able to invest in IoT development with its previously associated costs and time to market.”
The HERA300 platform carries essential functionality on a modular board, meaning the platform can be rapidly adapted to meet the testing requirements and ensure project success. It features multiple sockets allowing for up to five additional sensors or modules to be plugged in, a modem interface, core software architecture including over the air software updates, and built-in temperature, pressure and humidity sensing designed to monitor the board’s environment.
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Nintendo Switch throws fitness into the Ring
Yesterday, Nintendo launched the Ring Fit Adventure, a fitness accessory for the Nintendo Switch. BRYAN TURNER tried it out
Following from the success of Wii Fit in getting people moving while gaming, Nintendo has launched Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch. In a similar way to which the Wii Fit was coupled with the Wii Fit Board, the Ring Fit couples with a tension ring called a Ring-Con and a leg strap.
The game features various adventures and modes that are set in immersive maps. Each mode features its own daring challenges, powerful enemies, and even a villain that players must fight. The trick to winning in the game world is putting in the real world work. The exercises mimic common exercises like jogging in place, squats, and overhead shoulder presses. These actions are masked behind fun gameplay that makes it feel like one isn’t doing strenuous workouts.
Before starting the game, users need to remove the Joy-Con controllers from their Nintendo Switch console. The left Joy-Con fits into the leg strap, which must be fasted to the left leg, while the right Joy-Con is attached to the Ring-Con. The Ring-Con provides resistance when it is squeezed or pulled apart by the handgrips.
The big plus of the Ring-Fit is the varied experience levels. This means the fit and unfit alike can start their fitness journeys where they feel comfortable. Players can also change the exercise intensity at any time to suit their fitness level from day to day. It’s worth noting that this same approach is what made the Wii Fit so successful.
In the game’s Adventure mode, players run through stylised worlds, with the end goal of defeating an evil bodybuilding dragon called Dragaux. Each level along the way offers different challenges by focusing on different body parts like arms, legs and one’s core. As players progress through the game, they earn experience points and collect ingredients to craft in-game smoothies that help them on their virtual fitness journey. Nintendo says the fun aspect of the Ring Fit Adventure can help players remain on a fitness journey for longer.
Transportation is supported by players performing actions like doing a squat to use a launchpad, and using the Ring-Con against one’s abdomen to use paddleboards, among other actions that incorporate difficult exercises into in-game events.
If players are strapped for time and would like to fit in a quick workout, they can select the Quick Play mode. It offers similar adventures to Adventure mode, but in bite-sized mini-games, which range from breaking boxes with gusts of air triggered by squeezing the Ring-Con, to flying a parachute by pulling the Ring-Con overhead.
For those who prefer a more straightforward workout, there is a mode called Simple, which does away with flashy animations. This mode allows players to pick the part of the body they would like to work on, and lets them work it out. Along with Simple mode, Set mode offers the same functionality, but allows players to line up workouts in a playlist.
With the power of Nintendo Switch, the game can be taken anywhere, letting players work up a sweat away from a TV. For those who don’t have their Nintendo Switch with them, the Ring-Con can be taken around (with a Joy-Con attached) to track exercise while away from the console. When a player returns to their Nintendo Switch, the exercises will be synced to their profile to earn experience points and in-game items.
Ring Fit Adventure is available in retail stores and includes the game card, Ring-Con and leg strap accessories. For more information about the game, visit here.