Hisense is a well-known name when it comes to consumer appliances, however, the company has yet to actually leave a prominent mark on the smartphone market, though that doesn’t stop them from trying. Enter the new Hisense Small Octopus D1, a mid-range smartphone with standard specifications but interesting Wi-Fi features.
The Hisense Small Octopus D1 was revealed by Hisense yesterday. While the tech specs of the device are just about average, the phone boasts a dual-antenna design which can reportedly achieve “360 degrees surround Wi-Fi signal reception”. Thanks to the high-end Wi-Fi chip in the D1, the Broadcom BCM-4354 with dual-antenna MIMO support, users can get a strong Wi-Fi signal even in places where there’s a lot of interference.
The phone features a Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. It comes with a decent 5-inch 720p display. The measurements of 135.8 × 67.8 × 9 mm show that the phone is relatively thick. There’s an 8MP camera at the back with a 2MP front facing shooter. To power all this, you have a 2500mAh battery on board. Finally, the phone supports just one SIM card with GSM, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE and FDD-LTE network connectivity.
With average specifications like this we were expecting a low price tag, but Hisense seem to feel that 1399 Yuan ($226) is a good number! Even with the fancy WIFI reception it is a little on the steep side especially considering the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is close on specs for less, not to mention affordable flagships such as the JiaYu S3. It seems like Hisense is still long ways from achieving anything in the smartphone market.