Hisense F24 Review
Staff Writer / 10-02-2020 / Reviews
In an age when the latest high-end smartphones can cost over R20 000, its nice to know that manufacturers like Hisense are focusing their efforts on bringing great smartphones to regular consumers at much more affordable prices. This is precisely what they were aiming to do with the Hisense Infinity F24. Let’s find out if they succeeded or not.
Under the Hood
The Hisense Infinity F24 is one of the more powerful devices in the Infinity range. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, which provides good performance under most circumstances; however, there is some lag when using graphic intensive apps and games. The F24 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat instead of Android 8.0 Oreo, but the good news is that there are no unwanted apps or bloatware pre-loaded on the device, which makes the experience swift and pleasant.
The Infinity F24 comes with 16GB of internal storage, of which 6GB is used up by system software, effectively leaving you with 10GB of on-board memory out of the box. However, the phone does feature an external Micro SD card slot to up your storage to a decent 128GB.
Screen and Body
Hisense has done a brilliant job on the look and feel of their Infinity range. The Infinity F24 has a full metal body with rounded corners and sports a gorgeous 5.99” display which takes up almost the entire front of the phone. The rear is equipped with a centre-positioned camera, flash and a fingerprint reader for added security.
The F24 has a 3400mAh battery that could last a full day if you’re an average user. However, heavy or constant use throughout the day will drain the battery faster, so you will need to have a charger on hand.
The Hisense Infinity F24 features a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera, both of which are equipped with a flash. The cameras work well in brighter settings, providing clear and crisp images, but do struggle a bit in darker spaces and low-light conditions. The auto-focus feature works well but has a slight 3 second lag, which isn’t a deal breaker.
The Infinity F24 comes with a few extras that make the deal even sweeter. Apart from the usual charger and headphones, the box contains a screen protector and a clear rubber case to protect your new smartphone. It was a stroke of genius for Hisense to include these extras at no additional cost. It’s also a dual-sim device, so you could use one SIM for data and one for calls and texts; however, using the second SIM slot means you can’t use the Micro SD card slot for additional storage.
The Infinity F24 personifies dynamite in a small package. Priced at around five times less than its high-end competitors, it is an ideal choice for those on a budget who want a well-made smartphone that delivers good performance and specs without the fancy and often unnecessary bells and whistles.