The Hisense Touch Lite has an E INK display and it’s a dedicated music player. It doesn’t have the same HIFI chip and lacks many codecs of the more expensive Hisense Touch HIFI. The Touch Lite has less RAM and internal storage and lacks a camera. Still, if you want a solid music player that can play all major formats and has a 3.5mm headphone jack, this is good value for money.
The Hisense Touch features a 5.84 E INK Carta HD capacitive touchscreen with a 1440 x 720 solution resolution with 287 PPI. It has a front-lit screen and a color temperature system, which allows you to interact with the screen in low light conditions. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and protected by a layer of glass. The front and back are piano black.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is a USB-C port for charging the device and WIFI for accessing the internet and downloading apps. This device supports Bluetooth 5.1, so you can plug in a pair of headphones, but HIFI audio cannot be output via Bluetooth, as it uses different codecs. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery and weighs 155g.
It has a high, aluminum build quality and supports 32-bit/384kHz audio. Audio is played through the two AAC 1216 stereo speakers or the 3.5mm headphone jack at up to 122dB. The device runs an operating system called Touch OS based on Google Android 11.
If you’ve seen any of our reviews of the Hisense line of smartphones, this one uses a similar layout. So you can launch different speed modes to boost the performance of the E INK display. This is useful if you decide to install certain apps that have animations, such as page changes. One of the most exciting things about the music player is that it’s running Android 11, the first time we’ve seen a modern operating system on an E INK device. Hisense generally supports a myriad of languages, including English.
The retail packaging is rather ordinary. It’s made of cardboard and it just says Touch with a cool font on the front and on the back it lists some of the other devices Hisense sells. Inside the box is a quick start guide and the device, encased in waxed paper. There is no USB cable inside, maybe Hisense forgot to include it, or they think everyone already has a USB-C cable.
I don’t think you should buy this model, there are too many cons compared to the Hisense Touch HIFI, if it was $100 cheaper it would be huge value, but at $30 there is not enough here. You can buy the Hisense Touch Lite from the Good e-Reader store for $299 or you can get the Touch HIFI for $329.99.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.