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MWC 2016 | Hisense unveils A1, C1, C20, L676 and L697 mainstream smartphones

Hisense unveils A1, C1, C20, L676 and L697 mainstream smartphones
Hisense unveils A1, C1, C20, L676 and L697 mainstream smartphones
The budget to mainstream offerings will each carry unique features to distinguish themselves from the other, such as AMOLED panels, OGS touchscreens, IP67 certification, and dual rear cameras.

Hisense is largely known as a manufacturer of household appliances in China, but is certainly not a stranger in consumer electronics or the smartphone market. The manufacturer has unveiled a new lineup of affordable smartphones including the A1 with its dual rear cameras and fingerprint sensor, the rugged C20 and its robust IP67 chassis, the C1 and its AMOLED panel and 5.7 mm thickness, the L697 and its 2.5D glass touchscreen and Quick Charge 2.0, and the L676 with its dual SIM features and OGS (One Glass Solution) touchscreen. OGS uses a thinner touch panel on top of the display, so onscreen content tend to pop and appear closer to the surface.

Whether or not these smartphones will launch in Europe is not currently known. Fortunately, a few core specifications for each have been revealed as follows with a more complete sheet to come in the near future:

A1:

  • 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED panel
  • Unspecified octa-core processor (likely MediaTek)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD support
  • Dual 13 MP rear + 5 MP front w/ dual LED Flash cameras
  • 3000 mAh battery

The dual rear cameras of the A1 promise better pictures even in poorly lit conditions.

C20:

  • 5-inch IPS panel
  • Unspecified octa-core processor (likely MediaTek)
  • 16 GB eMMC
  • IP67 certified (shock, dirt, and water resistant)
  • 13 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
  • 8.6 mm thickness
  • 3000 mAh battery

C1:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED panel
  • Unspecified octa-core processor (likely MediaTek)
  • 16 GB eMMC
  • 13 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
  • 5.73 mm thickness
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Dual SIM slots

L697:

  • 5.5-inch 2.5D glass touchscreen (rounded edges and corners)
  • Unspecified octa-core processor (likely MediaTek)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Quick Charge 2.0 support
  • 16 MP rear w/ dual Flash + 8 MP front w/ Flash cameras

L676:

  • 5-inch 720p OGS touchscreen
  • Unspecified octa-core processor (likely MediaTek)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
  • 2320 mAh battery
  • Dual SIM slots

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-02-24 (Update: 2016-02-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.