Smartisan has announced its first smartphone of the year today. The Smartisan Nut 3 (U3) was unveiled at an event in Beijing and its specs and price put it firmly in the mid-range category.
Smartisan Nut 3 Design
Smartisan has settled for a new full-screen design for the Nut 3. Unlike the Nut Pro 2 which still has a bezel at the top, it is scraped off on the Nut 3 to give it a tri-bezel-less design.
This new design means the front camera gets a new home and Smartisan has placed it just a few millimeters from the front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Yes, the fingerprint scanner is now in front and not under the logo on the rear.
The rear of the phone is covered in glass just like the front. There are dual cameras at the top left corner with a dual LED flash flanking it on the left. Sitting in the middle is the Smartisan Hammer logo and at the bottom is the manufacturer’s name.
The unique circular physical buttons have not been changed and retain their position. There is another key on the left that can be customized as you wish.
The design is impressive and just like their previous releases from last year, the red is a personal favorite. However, the highlight of the design is that even with a thickness of just 7.16mm, the Nut 3 packs a 4,000mAh battery.
Smartisan Nut 3 Specs
The Smartisan Nut 3 has a 5.99” in-cell display with a 2160 x 1080 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM with 32GB/64GB/128GB of storage.
There are dual 13MP sensors on the rear with support for bokeh images and AI-supported noise reduction. It also has an 8MP selfie camera with a number of beauty effects.
The Smartisan Nut 3 has a hybrid dual SIM slot (nano only, 128GB max.). It is missing a 3.5mm audio jack but has a USB-C. There is a fingerprint scanner that supports WeChat and AliPay payments and can save up to 10 fingerprints. It also has support for Face Unlock.
The Nut 3 packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. There is Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, but no NFC.
Smartisan says the phone runs Smartisan OS 4.x but doesn’t mention the version of Android. However, a leaked photo from yesterday revealed that it runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
The new OS brings a number of new features such as scene recognition for the camera and a bunch of other new features.
Smartisan Nut 3 Price
The Smartisan Nut 3 comes in five colors – Red Wine, Carbon Black, and Light Gold in addition to special edition red and black variants.
The 4GB + 32GB model is priced at ¥1299 (~$206) and the 4GB +64GB model is priced at ¥1599 (~$253). The special edition variants come with the same configuration above but sell for ¥1499 (~$238) and ¥1799 (~$285) respectively. It also comes in a 4GB + 128GB configuration with a ¥1999 (~$317) price tag.
The Smartisan Nut 3 will go on sale on April 22. It will be available on the official site.