The Hisense A7 CC is a brand new flagship E INK smartphone, which Good e-Reader recently reviewed. This phone is on par with many of the latest generation smartphones that have an LCD screen, in terms of pure hardware specs. The one benefit of the Hisense phone, is that it is easy on the eyes, since it has an epaper screen, and also great battery life, you only need to charge it every few weeks. Will you buy this phone, or holding out for something else?
The Hisense A7 has a 6.7 inch E INK Carta HD and E INK Kaleido 2.0 color filter array. The black and white resolution is 900×1800 with 300 PPI and the color filter can display 4,096 colors with 100 PPI. It has a front-lit display with LED lights alongside the bottom of the bezel and project light evenly across the screen and not into your eyes. The lightning system can be totally turned off, completely shutting the LED lights down. This phone has a glass based screen that is flush with the bezel, it comes with a matte screen protector that is applied at the factory level, so you don’t have to install it yourself.
Underneath the hood is a Unisoc Tiger T7510 8 core processor, 6GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. There is simply no other E INK phone on the market that can match these specs, both past and present. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack to listen to music or podcasts, but also a speaker. It has a HIFI amplifier, and Hisense has said this is the best sounding speaker they made on an E INK phone. It is 33% louder than the A5 Pro. You can charge the A7 with the USB-C port and plug it into your computer or a wall charger. It has a giant 4770 mAh battery and has quick charging.
You can connect up to the internet with 5G, 4G, LTE and is compatible with most major phone carriers in Canada, US, UK, and Europe. There is no Google Play on this device, but you can install Gapps and get access to Google Play and Google Play Framework.
This phone is very compelling, it has face unlock, two cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It is the most powerful E INK phone ever made, and even has a color e-paper panel, so you can view comics, magazines, PDF files or even ebook cover art in full color. It retails for $529 from the Good e-Reader Store.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.