Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan deserves to be dubbed an innovative company. The Smartisan R1 was launched last month, packing a design that places it in a class of its own. The R1 became the first and only smartphone with a 1TB storage version. Apart from the 8GB + 1TB version, the device is available in a 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128Gb version. Smartisan has now announced a new memory variant of the R1.
The new variant houses 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB storage and will go on sale in China at 10 AM on June 14. The new variant comes with a 4999 yuan ($781) price tag. Unfortunately, there is still no indication that any of the Smartisan R1 variants will be available soon outside China. This is inspite of the recent disclosure by ECoinmerce that it would sell Smartisan phones in North America. Perhaps, the modalities are still being worked out.
Apart from the 512GB storage, the new Smartisan R1 variant isn’t any different in terms of specs from the other Smartisan models launched last month. The device keeps up with the 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 device s powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a host of network bands including LTE Band 20 which positions. The R1 packs a dual camera setup at the rear which consists of a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a 20MP Sony IMX350 secondary sensor with a f/1.75 aperture, 1μm pixel size, and 6P lens. The selfie shooter is a 24MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture ArcSoft ray algorithm and AI real-time beauty mode.