While making our rounds around MWC 2017’s massive show floor, we came upon Hisense’s booth. Although the Chinese company is mainly known for its range of televisions in Malaysia, we were pleasantly surprised to see several Android smartphones showcased in the company’s booth. Out of the many phones displayed there, we took notice of one particularly interesting device: the Hisense Rock.
As its name implies, the Hisense Rock is a very, very durable smartphone. When we asked a representative of the company about the device, he actually picked up the Rock and proceeded to – casually – smash the phone to the ground. Repeatedly.
Naturally, the Rock still works just fine, and there’s barely any visible scuff or dent on the device. That being said, it’s worth noting that the device was thrown on a wooden surface instead of a hard concrete floor – still impressive, nonetheless.
In terms of specifications, the Rock is comfortably a lower mid-range smartphone. It’s packing a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras, as well as a 3,000mAh battery. Interestingly, the Rock also boasts an IP68 rating and runs on Hisense’s Vision UI 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
Oddly enough, we were told that the Hisense Rock still has no shipping date yet; it’s also not known which market the device will be launched in. Regardless, the Rock will retail at 399 euro (about RM1,875) when it goes on sale.