The Hisense A7 CC is an Android smartphone with a 6.7 inch display, an octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and support for 5G wireless networks. It’s also one of the first smartphones to feature a color E Ink display.
First launched in China last month, where the phone sells for about $370, the Hisense A7 CC is now available from a couple of sellers who ship worldwide. You’ll have to pay a bit extra though, and you may end up with limited support for cellular networks.
The smartphone has a second-gen E Ink Kaleido display capable of displaying up to 4096 colors at 100 pixels per inch or 16 shades of grey at 300 pixels per inch. That means text and graphics will look sharper in black and white than they do in color, but unlike most devices with electronic paper displays, the Hisense A7 CC can display color.
E Ink screens are low-power, high-contrast displays that don’t require a backlit to be visible, but the phone has a front light that will make the screen easier to read in dark or dimly lit environments.
The screen refresh rate will likely be too low for serious gaming or for watching videos. But the advantages of E Ink include the ability to display a static image indefinitely (you can load a set of navigation directions, a recipe, or an image of your boarding pass and it will continue to be displayed even if your battery dies), high visibility in direct sunlight, and reduced eye strain when reading.
E Ink phones are aren’t exactly common – Hisense is one of the only device makers still producing them. While the company’s latest model is designed for use in China, it does have some support for cellular networks in the US and other countries, but it may not support all network bands – it’s missing support for one or more key bands on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s networks, for example.
If you want to try your luck, you can find a handy “show supported mobile operators” chart at the CECT Shop website.
Here’s a run-down of some other key specs for the Hisense A7 CC:
2nd-gen E Ink Kaleido
2280 x 1080 pixel
4096 colors (100ppi)
16 shades of grey (300ppi)
|Processor||Unisoc Tiger T7510|
|Storage||128GB + microSD (up to 256GB)|
|Charging||18W fast charging|
|Security||Fingerprint reader (rear)|
|Audio||AK4377AECB HiFi audio chip|
3.5mm audio jack
|Software||Android 10 (without Google Play, which can be side-loaded)|
|Network bands||2G/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (B5/B8/B3/B2), 3G/WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz (B5/B8/B1), 4G/FDD-LTE 850/900/1800/2100MHz (B5/B8/B3/B1), 4G/TD-LTE 1900/2100/2300/2500/2600MHz (B39/B34/B40/B41/B38), 5G/NR 2500/3500/4700MHz (N41/N78/N79)|
|Dimensions||172 x 86 x 9mm|
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