If you’re the market for a new and oh-so-stylish smartphone that won’t destroy your budget then you’re going to want to pay attention to Hisense’s new 4G enabled Elegance and Faith smartphones. These new additions to the Hisense range offer style and class in abundance, not to mention a number of enviable features. There’s no doubt that, for most of us, smartphones form an integral part of day-to-day life – whether it be for browsing the web, responding to emails, watching videos, or taking photos – having a device at your disposal that can handle all this and more has become essential. These latest smartphones from Hisense promise to offer consumers a pair of devices that allow you to take on the world, fabulously… and affordably!

According to Hisense, the Elegance and Faith smartphones are ultimately designed for performance and style. With this in mind, the devices a sandblasted aluminium design to ensure that they are not only lightweight, but also strong. But, it’s not just a pretty face, the devices also offer loads of must-have features. Both the Elegance and Faith include fingerprint recognition, catering for up to five different fingers, unlocking either device in 0.5 seconds. This biometric system is linked to Hisense’s Vision UI 3.0 (based on Android Marshmallow 6.0) applications, such as email, contacts and the photo gallery, ensuring security throughout the devices.

As for size – the Elegance is the larger of the two devices, boasting a 5.5-inch Full HD display that offers 400 pixels per inch (ppi). The Faith might be slightly smaller with its 5-inch screen, but still commands HD visuals and 294 ppi. Although different in size, the Elegance and Faith are quite similar in the specification department. Both models feature a 13MP camera on the back, as well as a 5MP front-facing one for the avid selfie taker.

If camera features are important to you then you’ll love that the devices offer a number of different shooting modes, including a 0.1 millisecond shutter speed. The result is that the Elegance and Faith handsets can cater for light trail and water effects, along with a beauty, night, professional and HDR mode – ideal for users who want to put their photography skills to the test.

Both models are powered by an efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz Octa-core processor. The difference between the two, however, is that the larger Elegance has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of on-board storage, compared to the Faith’s 2GB and 16GB capacity. To cater to extra storage, both offer a microSD slot that can cater for up to 128GB of additional memory, while the slot also doubles as a second SIM (4G) slot.

Another noteworthy element of the Elegance and Faith is battery life, with each handset utilising 3000 mAh and 2500 mAh units respectively. For those that use their smartphones in every waking moment, both devices can deliver up to one and a half days’ worth of battery life under average use. Added to this is an Ultra power saving mode, which kicks in when the battery hits 15%, closing any unnecessary applications and leaving solely the basics of the phone including contact and messaging features in operation.

The Hisense Faith and Elegance smartphones are available from Game stores, Dion Wired, the Foschini Group of stores, all the Edcon Group outlets nationwide as well as selected online retailers with the Elegance retailing for a recommended R3 999 and Faith at R2 999.