Smartisan has as its slogan “the joy of Artisans”. Indeed, the company which is a conglomeration of artisans has carved out a name for itself as a result of its sleekly designed smartphones. The recently announced flagship – Smartisan R1 is no exception. The phone came with a stunner as it packs a 1TB storage on one of the variants. That isn’t going to be a very popular variant, though, considering its ¥8,848 (~$1388) price tag. Of course, there are other versions with pocket-friendly prices.
The Smartisan Nut R1 comes with an expansive 6.17-inch pressure sensitive display with a 2242 x 1080 resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 protection and equally has 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 96% color gamut (DCI-P3).
The Smartisan R1 packs an ultra-thin body and as a result, Smartisan had to sacrifice the 3.5mm audio jack. Since it doesn’t feature one, there is a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter inside the retail box. The device packs a rear camera setup aligned horizontally in the top left corner. The rear panel is also made of glass. The device has its volume rockers and power button on the right side of the display. There is also a button on the right side but we don’t know its functions as of now.
The dual rear cameras consist of a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 μm pixel size, 4-axis OIS, and dual PD extreme focus. The second is a 20MP Sony IMX350 with a f/1.75 aperture, 1μm pixel size, and 6P lens. On the other hand, the front camera is a 24MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture ArcSoft ray algorithm and AI real-time beauty mode.
The Nut R1 packs a Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a host of network bands including LTE Band 20 which positions it for sales overseas. Recall that Smartisan signed a deal recently with ECoinmerce to ship its phones to North America. That means the R1 will likely be available outside China just as a few of Smartisan phones are available outside China via e-retailers.
In addition, the device is available in White and Black colour variants. Who knows, we might see a red variant sometime later but for now if you prefer something different from white or black, you’ll have to make do with the colourful protective cases available. As for the prices, then 6GB RAM + 64GB is priced at ¥3,499 (~$549), 6GB RAM + 128GB for ¥3,999 (~$627), 8GB RAM + 128GB priced ¥4,499 (~$705) and 8GB RAM + 1TB for ¥8,848 (~$1388)
While we wait for its arrival, check out the hands-on pictures of the Smartisan R1 from below.