Unfortunately this Hisense H12 is an example by which notch is so frowned upon by users. Although it extends the size of the screen, this notch takes up more than a third of the width of the equipment, which means that many applications are not prepared for its presence. Some games and applications have some hidden functions behind the "eye" of the device, such as Clash Royale, which is one of the most popular mobile games, interfering not only in gameplay but also in menus.
Forgetting the notch, the smartphone is quite attractive, denoting the care of the manufacturer in giving an extra touch in the design, introducing a silver rim all around, a rear "Rose Gold" color, which gives it some refinement , as well as its rounded edges making it comfortable to grip. Beyond beauty, the smartphone is meant to be fall resistant, not only because it offers a clear protective rubber back cover to the case, such as a double-sided film on the front. Still, it does not use Gorilla Glass technology.
Extra care for the frame that was applied to the area of the lenses of the rear double chamber, which has a generous protrusion, but that is at the same level of the body remaining when the cover is applied. But without this, care must be taken because the camera zone is the first point of contact with the surface when the mobile phone is placed.
At the rear you can also find the biometric fingerprint sensor, which, incidentally, works very well. During the long test time it was very few times that the device did not "instantly" unlock the finger. And even facial recognition for the same effect is also pretty fast, even in dark places where the only point of illumination is the screen itself. And you do not even have your face "leaning" against the glass, the camera detects well in remote and inclined positions. Example of this is to use the mobile phone to see the hours, even at night, and this unlock inadvertently by recognizing the user.
In terms of design, the smartphone has reserved for its left side its tray of SIM and MicroSD cards and the instant access button to Google Assistent (if you do not use it you can configure the button for other functionality or application, such as access to the camera, example). On the right side are the volume and unlock buttons. At the top is the microphone hole and at the base you can find the speaker as well as the USB-C charging input. Although this smartphone has abolished the 3.5mm jack input to the headphones, it offers in the box the respective adapter. Still, you can not be listening to music while charging your smartphone, forcing you to opt for a Bluetooth wireless headset.
Also note that the mobile phone features a battery of 3,400 mAh, capable of lasting about a day and a half without the need to recharge, a reasonable use, including play and see series throughout the day in the open hours. The charger does not offer fast recharging system like many of the current offerings. The device still sits on Android 8 stock, offering no more custom option from the manufacturer.
Regarding the sound, despite the high sound of the speakers, they are far from offering the clearest experience, distorting the songs, not emphasizing the bass and bass.
Camera for beginners
Since the camera is one of the main factors of acquiring a smartphone, the Hisense Infinity H12 now introduces two sensors in the back. One has 12 MP and a shutter aperture f1.8 and a secondary one of 5 MP, a safe investment to introduce the bokeh effect in the photographs for Instagram. The company claims to be partnering with ArcSoft to create an algorithm for capturing images in lower-quality lighting, but there are "no miracles" and the typical grain remains in the photographs.
Like most equipment, whether they are top-end or mid-range, like this H12, the artificial intelligence assistant helps improve the photos. The IA detects 16 categories, multiplying by more than a hundred different scenarios and serves to automatically improve the final result. This means that in the face of a colorful landscape, a sunset, beaches or animals and babies, the system is regulated without the need to touch the technical parameters. To photograph a document, for example, the AI regulates the image so that the texts are sharper, for example.
On the other hand, in order to blink the eye at the Instagram generation, the 16 MP front camera offers a f / 2.0 aperture. And to ensure that images do not need to go through Photoshop, count on the already popular Beauty mode, to hide that undesirable wrinkle or bubble.
Overall, 1080p recording quality is acceptable, but it is locked at 30 FPS. Obviously, if you need a stable recording you need a tripod, since you do not have any image stabilization system.
Overall, Hisense H12 improves all aspects of the previous version, but more than an alternative offer is in the background a replacement for H11 for those who did not acquire it and ponder it. It has the CPU and GPU of the next category, adds another GB of RAM, introduces the next version of Android, has a dual sensor camera, but still has no arguments to stand out from the aggressive competition.
Comparing with the previous model of the range, it presents the minimum acceptable to justify the next number in the model. So, if you have the H11 and are doubtful if it is worth it, it is undoubtedly a superior smartphone, but certainly will not notice a higher performance that deserves enhancement. However, it is a more attractive model than the previous one, with a premium appearance everyday, with good autonomy and a medium performance if you do not use demanding games. The cameras take decent photos to share on social networks and the battery is quite good. But undoubtedly the worst of H12 is his notch. We preferred the bezels from last year.