[Review] Hisense A2 Pro

Introduction

Pros and Cons

Pros

Can be used as a normal phone with few issues
Snappy
Affordable

Cons

E-ink widget function could be better
Home button cannot be used with A2 mode
No front light on the e-ink screen

Bottomline

This is the first Android phone with an E-Ink screen that I’ve ever used, and am pretty happy with the A2 Pro. Not to mention that its smoothness but also it takes full advantage of the fast processor and enough RAM memory that makes that the experience is well above my expectations. Although its UI could be better, given the performance and affordable pricing, overall pretty impressive.

Specs

Model: Hisense A2 Pro
Released date: September 2017
Main display: 5.5 inch AMOLED screen
Resolution: 1920*1080 pixels
Secondary display: 5.2 inch e-ink screen
Dimensions: 157*76.8*8.45mm
Weight: 188g
OS: Android
Chipset: Snapdragon 625
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano SIM)
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Front camera: 16 mega pixel (f/2.0)
Rear camera: 12 mega pixel (f/2.2)
Battery: 3090mAh
Port: USB-C
Others: Wi-FI / NFC / earphone jack

Unboxing

Design

Hardware

Although its hardware is not comparable to flagship phones, it’s good enough for most usage.

Processor

The A2 Pro sports Snapdragon 625 processor which is good enough for most usage expect heavy gaming.

RAM and storage

With 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage good enough.

Screen

The front screen is 5.5-inch and the rear screen is 5.2-inch.

Front screen

The front screen is AMOLED which is pretty good, actually.

Rear screen

Its E-Ink screen is very good. It’s got a 5.2-inch E-Ink screen.

Visibility

The A2 Pro has two e-ink display modes which are normal and smooth. The normal mode works well on displaying static while the smooth one works well on non-static.

Normal -> Smooth

Camera

The A2 Pro got a camera on each side and they can be used interchangeably which is great.

Front camera

Rear camera

Wi-Fi

I haven’t had any Wi-Fi connection issues at all, so just assuming this is good enough?

Battery

Its battery life is not the best, but it totally depends on whether how much you use the e-ink screen or not. Here’s comparison of the front screen and back screen battery usage.

Software

The Hisense phone comes with Vision OS which is based on Android OS.

E-ink apps

UTM

General

Reading

Reddit

Typing

Browsing

Shortcomings

Although I love this phone a lot, there are a few caveats as well!

E-Ink widget could be better

Should be more customisable?

No front light on the e-ink screen

That means you cannot use it in the dark.

Conclusion

I’m happy with the device 🙂

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