Jiayu S3 price announced at just $162 with 3GB RAM, LTE and...

Jiayu S3 price announced at just $162 with 3GB RAM, LTE and 64Bit SoC

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If there was ever a time to be excited about the possibilities of the Chinese phone market then it is now, and the JiaYu S3 is just the start of it.

Jiayu have been putting the S3 together over the past few months and as usual have been open about specification and design. The only pieces that were missing were the launch date and, most importantly, the price.

Well today we at least now know the official Chinese pricing for the flagship S3, a phone that boasts 4G LTE, a 64bit Mediatek SoC and up to 3GB RAM!

jiayu s3

Jiayu will release to variants of the JiaYu S3, a 2GB RAM version costing 899 Yuan without NFC and a 3GB RAM model for slightly more at 999 Yuan with NFC. Those are the Chinese prices though, so expect to pay more once a reseller add their cut, shipping and tax to the phone, but still a good deal.

jiayu s3

The rest of the phone offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, dual SIM, 13 mega-pixel Sony IMX214 rear camera, 3000mAh battery, dual flash, and JiaYu promise accurate and fast GPS. Audio hardware is promising too, with the phone boasting dual speakers. Android 4.4 Kitkat ships as standard.

With just 16GB on board it is good to see a micro SD card is part of the package with plenty of room to spare for dual SIM slots too.

Designwise the JiaYu S3 is one of the best looking JiaYu phones we have seen to date. Body thickness is 8.9mm but a nicely tapered rear means the phone should sit in your palm well and feel thinner than it actually is. JiaYu’s designers have also done a great job of keeping the overall width down to only 75.5mm, a very respecrable figure for a 5.5-inch device. Full dimentions are 152 x 75.5 x 8.9mm.

JiaYu S3 gallery

The only detail missing now is the actual launch date which is so far set to “early January”. We seriously cannot wait to try the S3, what do you guys think?

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  • Darevintage

    Finally! This is it! Hope they don’t mess up with the launch date

  • Atomicrus

    Damn. How i hate this old fashion icons on bottom of the screen.

    • Xiaolu

      Yeah, at least they could use the new ones meant fot Android 5

    • Marco Lancaster

      Yeah, they could be just lighted and not painted on screen. But for these monstrous package i guess i can live with that

  • Ivo001

    It’s too long for me, I guess I have to wait for the JIayu S4.

    • mikeyd

      for me also
      5 inch would be perfect

    • Evgenij Nebotov

      +1. moved from 5 to 5.5″ and want back now. the biggest i could accept would be meizu mx4/such screen.

      • Ivo001

        MX4 is also one of the phones i’m interested in.

        • amirexpressir

          the best phone of the year is for sure : Vivo xplay which is yet to be released or leaked

  • mf1gt3r

    I am definitely getting this one. 64bit? Nice.

    • joe

      It only has 3gb of ram so 64bit is useless on this phone.

      • mf1gt3r

        Eggsplain pls. Why say so?

        • nonotz

          quoted from apple A7 (just to prove its not just memory limit) :

          ARMv8 architecture doesn’t just increase the memory capacity — it also features a new instruction set which boost performance and reduces power consumption.
          Certain apps (including games) will be able to make use of that new instruction set, and acess to additional registers in the A7 chip to boost performance.

          • Manos

            The score is 40000. But it’s going to be a good performer I think. Not the best phone for the 2015 with MTK. I don’t understand what phone it’s going to have the good CPU/GPU from Mediatek the small S4? Or will update the S3.

      • desponent

        64 bit benefit is not only ram size (which is moot for ARM anyway since 32 bit can make use of more than 4GB since after A9).

  • Marta

    5,5…

  • Robert

    nice parameters , but FDD-LTE has only three bands, I need also band 8 and band 1.
    Will be possible to enable other bands in mtktool??

    • Jason45

      Not possible if it is not implented on the hardware side.

  • Jason45

    The price is really great, I expect you can get it around 200 USD on resellers websites. I am also waiting for the Meizu budget phone, should have the same chipset as the Jiayu S3.

    Too bad this phone did not have Android 5.0 OS.

  • realjjj

    Don’t get to say it often but that’s nice. The height could be a bit lower but besides that they got a nice device at a very nice price. It was clear that 1080p is the new 720p and we’ll see more and more such specs at such a price , as the high end goes 1440p and 4k.
    Hope the screen is decent quality and the ROM not bad , really looking forward to a review.

    Edit: Remembered that the Orgtec WA Handy is about to launch with similar specs (2GB RAM only) and price.

    • desponent

      I’m not too worried about Jiayu’s screen quality. In fact I’d say that it’s one of their best point rivaling anything from the big boys.

      • realjjj

        That depends on each device ,they don’t make the screen..

        • desponent

          They choose it.

          • realjjj

            Yes they do based on price.and quality and that depends on the price point they want to reach.

            • desponent

              Do you know how much those panel are priced? Do you imply that a $200 phone could not match a $800 phone because those $800 phone use like $200 for panel alone in assembly?

              Well sorry to burst your bubble but I have personally compare G4S to those $800 phone from various brand and it stand toe-to-toe to them, sometimes completely embarrassing them even. I dunno what magic Jiayu use but the result is astonishing.

            • realjjj

              How about you take your pills for the day and then a cold shower.
              I wasn’t implying anything just expressed a need to have more info on the quality of the screen.
              As for your opinion on some other devices, well, it has no relevance.

            • desponent

              Why do you even bother replying me if you think it’s irrelevant when it’s the main point of my initial comment? lol what a useless discussion.

            • Airyl

              You have no reason to doubt any of JiaYu’s screens. They’ve always had gorgeous displays, ever since the G3. The panels on the S2 and G4S were iPhone quality to my eyes.

  • Not bad for the price!

  • manohar basavaraju

    seriously i am eyeing this phone.

  • Han Lubach

    Andy is it possible to make a spreadsheet of the upcoming 64 bit phones .So we can compare them
    Become fantasy
    Dakele (good)
    Elephone (better)
    Jiayu (best)
    and perhaps there will be others who want to beat them in price an quality although Jiayu has a name

    • amirexpressir

      dakele..never understimate thier phones…not sure why they don’t advertise that much on international hoping sites but they had done that on black friday with 1949deal.so hope we will hear from them more

  • Airyl

    Hot damn. This one has everything AND the kitchen sink at a really cheap price. Does it have LTE?

    • realjjj

      GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHZ
      WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHZ
      TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
      TDD-LTE( 频段B39 B40 B41)
      FDD-LTE (频段B3 B7 B20)

      listed on their Chinese site

      • Marco Lancaster

        The 64bit processor of Mediatek has LTE implemented on it!

      • Xalis

        WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHZ
        Why the fuck would they leave 850 out? I will never understand Jiayu.

        • Jason45

          I don’t think I have seen many Chinese phones with support of 850 band. They are usually only 900 and/or 2100mhz bands. Only some US providers are using the 850 mhz 3G band I believe. In Europe, they are using the 900 and/or 2100 Mhz band for 3G.

          • Manos

            My Jiayu G4A has800/850 3g…

          • Rebirth

            So you are either blind or you didnt buy any chinese phone yet…
            I live in Europe and we always had problems to find one cheap chinese phone with 900mhz band. They came always with 850mhz and 2100mhz, or only 2100mhz band. Mine, in fact, has no 900mhz band. It is this year, especially Q3-Q4, when there are proliferating phones with 900mhz band (thank god)…

            • Yeti hand

              I know right!! that guy can’t be serious!!

          • Yeti hand

            I’ve seen SO many chinese phones with 850 I’m wondering if you’re joking or simply didn’t lift a finger to search on the internet

        • jer

          Same here. 850 is most important in Americas. thl to the rescue? I hope!

        • Allanitomwesh

          JiaYu has branches in Europe,900 makes more sense. Only snapdragons and Intel have both 850 AND 900 as far as I’ve seen.

  • Nick

    WOW great phone!!! Andi, any news regarding the Jiayu S4?

    • RRRobert

      My thoughts exactly. All of these specs in a phone combined with the rumored 4,7″ screen size and a compact housing (< 130×65 x 8 mm) and I'm in for it.

      • Nick

        Ha…same here. I hope that they will release the Jiayu S4 pretty soon! There is also the Meizu K52 (MX4 Mini) with a possible release date before or after Christmas. Fingers crossed!

        • Simon

          Do you think Jiayu S4 is a better buy than Xiaomi Mi3 or Mi4 ?

          • Manos

            Xiaomi mi3/ is top quality and have other price than Jiayu phones.
            Jiayu is the cheap way to go for a phone.

            • Simon

              Fair enough, as long as the Jiayu lasts at least 12 months of usage it should be good.

            • Nick

              Well, I can’t answer your question because the Jiayu S4 will
              be released probably early next year or later and its cpu will be the new Mediatek MTK MT6752 64-bit with a faster gps. Xiaomi MI3 or MI4 are great phones but it really depends on your budget and of course your personal usage. MI3 64gb version is around 310€ shipping in, MI4 64gb is around 400€ shipping in. If you can afford to pay that money then go for it. For me, the Jiayu S4 or Meizu K52 (MX4 mini) are pretty good alternatives with a better pricing.

            • Manos

              For one year you will not have any problem.
              I have a Jiayu G4A since last year September and it’s working without any problems. My sister has a g2s more than 2 years and she is a heavy user! All the day with the phone and it has hits and marks all over!

  • Adam Irvine

    That looks bloody good to me! Kinda regretting ordering the missis a zp999 for Christmas now… :-S

    • Raul

      Well the phone is yet to be given an official date, so probably the right decision to get a ZP999 as a Christmas gift 🙂

  • Mo

    Pleaseeee do not give us a shit ROM , otherwise this tops the charts atm

  • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

    9mm thick with 20nm chip? WTF?

    • Marco Lancaster

      Jiayu don’t care much about thiness of the phone, give a look on previous generations, anyway it’s quite thin for Jiayu.

      • Manos

        Jiayu S2 is 6mm is the thinnest Jiayu

      • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

        Yes. But S series means “slim”. I think that they should built slim and light phones additionaly to the G series in order to cover a wide range of needs.

        • Marco Lancaster

          I’m pretty satisfied with the 9mm Don’t care so much with insane thiness. And also having the 3000mAh battery, knowing Jiayu deliver the real capacity I’m happy

          • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

            There are different needs, as I told.

    • trolleyfan

      How is manufacturing process of the SoC related to thickness of the phone? This is absolute nonsense. Also the new Mediateks are 28nm AFAIK.

      • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

        Totally. This manufacturing process offers less consumption and thermal emission, so the need of power and thermal conductivity is not so big. Intel plans to built 4-nm chip, until 2020, as I read.

    • Han Lubach

      I have printed the model and fold it (origami) and it isn’t as thick as you think. For a creditcard phone wait for the future

      • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

        iPhone @6.9mm (or Galaxy Alpha) uses the new core technology (20nm) and firmware to reduce the consumption and the capacity of the battery. It’s time to built better phones. Battery is the heaviest -and the biggest- part.

    • Allanitomwesh

      You miss the part about the really big battery?

      • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος

        Yes. But Cortex A-53 is the most efficient core for now. Android 5.0 is the most efficient version for now. So why?

        • Manos

          They will update it to the Android 5 now they have delay because there is software problems on 4.4 and on 5. First they are trying the 4.4 and then move to the 5

        • Allanitomwesh

          Because low cost of manufacture. Slim costs money ask Vivo.

  • Emil

    Sorry but my next device will be with Snapdragon CPU…

  • Han Lubach

    got a little bit confused are ther two model of the Jiayu s3.
    Because on this site http://www.kimovil.com/es/donde-comprar-jiayu-s3
    Bang good sells on for 300$

    • Jason45

      That is a placeholder price, almost every Chinese webshop is doing it for the search rankings.

  • Steven Fox

    I was listed at 329 USD on pre-sale. Maybe Jiayu are being serious in playing with the big boys. It’s hard not to buy this phone. Who needs 3GB of ram, 2 is more than enough, bring it on for 169 $ 🙂

    • Jason45

      NFC is also great (for me) and this is only available on the 3GB RAM version. You won’t be able to get this phone for 169 US dollar unless you live in China. Expect prices around 180-200 US dollar depending on the model version

      • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

        Every 999 Yuan phone is in range of 190-200$ on aliexpress..so yes,hoping what you say is true!

  • Marius Cirsta

    I only have one word to describe this news: BULLSHIT.

    This phone is not going to be sold for $200 for export, no way … Jiayu phones are of decent quality but never the cheapest. Yes they might sell 1000 pieces for this price to get some media attention but this is not going to be the regular price for this phone, not with these specs and made by Jiayu.

    • Marco Lancaster

      You could be right, if we look at Jiayu G6 it’s a damn expensive.

      • Manos

        I have see the price and it’s over 250€ is not cheap.

      • Airyl

        The G6 was always expensive.

      • Allanitomwesh

        G6 was a pricing mistake and they learnt from it it would seem.

    • Jason45

      I don’t think they are going to lie about this price, so the price should be real. They have advertised it already with these prices. If Xiaomi can do it with their Redmi series phones, why can’t another Chinese manufacturer do the same thing. Basically a change in strategy in order to survive in the competitive market in China.

      Even Meizu will release a budget phone with the same chipset as this phone and also around this price according to rumors.

      The real more important question is, when do they release the phone on the market in large quantities?

      They say early January, but we all know that there can be delays (especially from Jiayu), The release date of 3GB RAM version with NFC is still unknown, so you could be waiting a couple of months before they release this on the market. By then, the market could be flooded by phones with similar specs.

      • Lokazan

        To be released early January… 2016 🙂

        • Juh Souza

          With luck.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        I HOPE its BELOW 170$ ! (the 3gb version!)

    • sandro khokhiashvili

      169$ isn’t pricy against 350$ of meizu mx4 one plus one xiaomi mi4…..

    • amirexpressir

      you see, jiayu is famous for exensive handsets but don’t forget..they had also 3 phones which were truely the lowest in the time of their launch like(jiayu 3c/jiayu g4s/Jiayu g2f)…So,I think It’s possible for this company to do that…also, already the coolpad f2 is in that range..so, Maybe in “January”, 64bit MTK,will be cost less or…
      let’s be optimistic
      & lets hope they will make mini version too. as this company is the only one in chinese which offers”really” the best specs for everyone’s choice regarding size(bigger and less than 5 inch)

  • Bailey

    it is getting to the point where you will be able to buy a phone for the price of a loaf of bread

    • Marco Lancaster

      Yeah with upcoming 64Bit and 3GB of Ram for 162, I guess the old MTK6582 phones will be sold under 100$ next year.

  • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

    Drool!!! 🙂 ..I own Jiayu S3 and except for pathetic GPS and camera,still i would vote as the phone with stunning display and great interface…Waiting for release date very very badly!

    • Simon

      You mean Jiayu S2 right ?

      • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

        Hi Simon thanks for Ponting out error.I meant jiayu g3

  • slartiblart

    Man, I could finger bang one of these phones.

  • Yeti hand

    early january??? Come on people it’s JIAYU!! That’s mean early may at best!!! Look for another phone or you will be dissapointed…. AGAIN

    • Jason45

      I have the same feeling, can they do this right this time?

      • Yeti hand

        noooooooooo

  • sandro khokhiashvili

    woooooooooooooow which 64 bit processor mt6752 or mt6732????? if you know

    • sandro khokhiashvili

      read mt6752 😀 nice my lte bans are supported have g4s think my father will buy this

      • sodra cockhiashvili

        What about your mum ? What will she get ? and your aunt ?

        • sandro khokhiashvili

          they have more cheap phones and with you family name i knew that ქართველი ხარ

        • sandro khokhiashvili

          aunt isn’t so mediatek phone lover not tech lover

  • jasneskis

    I’ve been waiting to see JiaYu make a bigger phone, this one seems to have almost everything. I am a fan of JiaYu and look forward to seeing the resale price when it comes to market.
    I like the idea of a spread sheet on new quality phones coming to market.

  • Don Rogers

    Just checked the prices on Ali Express and found prices from $200 for the 2GB & $225 for the 3GB model. At these prices it’s probably the best phone for the money. Looks like my Jiayu G3 will soon be retired

    • Raul

      I won’t trust any prices on aliexpress, considering the phone is yet to be announced, most likely people are selling fakes

  • billybloggs

    OH Yes, I am tempted even though the screen is a bit large, now that SOC and internals in a G5 chassis and 3000 mah battery, that would be a really great phone.

    • Don Rogers

      They are also developing an S4 with a 4.7 inch screen but not many details regarding the S4 are available yet

  • Sounds great. ‘But’… I need something 4.7″ or 5.0″. That’s my max. I do not care for 5.5″ or 6.0″ phablets. I have a phone… I have a tablet… I have a laptop. But I don’t need ’em all combined. Let each serve their own purpose, alright.

    • Momo

      I thought i would never buy anything bigger than 4.7 inch screen but after buying Xiaomi Note I think the size is not an issue and would never go back to a smaller screen – phone fits perfectly in all of my pockets and I’ve hardly ever used my tablet since. Plus it’s tougher and faster than my wife’s Samsung Note 3 (other than graphics perhaps, but noticeably so in daily use) and battery lasts much longer. Just an awesome piece of hardware that has never lagged or rebooted for the 9 months I’ve had it and I have about 300 apps installed on it… Jiayu S3 seems like an excellent phone and will definitely buy one to try.

      • Simon

        I’m impressed that you think the Xiaomi Note is better than the Samsung Note 3 !

        • Urke Zakelinho

          It is better (Xiaomi Note 4G). I owned both of them. But 5.5″ is killing me. Need the same, 4.7 or 5.0 phone, but still choosing.

    • ébrenjáró

      4,3″-4,5″ is the max for me.

      • Lotfius

        Try something with narrow bezels … it changes your perspective 🙂

        • ébrenjáró

          Ok, than I say this way: The width of my phone(Jiayu G2F”) is 62 mm. I think 65 mm is the max I would like.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      no offense to you brother , BUT , in 1980 people were doing the same thing…
      computer , walkman , radio , cameras , ALL had different distince forms!
      BUT
      now all are merged into ONE!
      same goes for phablet , soon i think laptop might be obsolete if smartphones and tablets can have a potent baby 😀

  • zhongtiao1

    Honestly, I would prefer to buy the dakele 3 when it is finally released

  • Luca Esse

    when in europe?!

    • Jason45

      In Europe, you have to pay much more for this phone most likely. I rather buy it from Chinese webshops

      • Luca Esse

        yes, i think like always 199€

  • JiayuFAN

    Nice. But Jiayu used us on compact (4.5-4.7 inches flagships) G5S, G4S.
    Keep producing smaller phones Jiayu. Make the same phone specs plus fm radio and infrared port, with great gps in smaller bodies 4.3, 4.5, 4.7 inches and the same price range and you will surelly doninate the workd market.

  • dickeater

    I’m more excited about Jiayu F2 news or a g2f descendend. Have the 329 yuan F1 and its briliant!

  • Mo

    Does it support AT&T’s LTE?

  • slartiblart

    I want Jiayu to have my babies.

    • elfbum

      I want Mariana Cordoba to have mine……..

  • Allanitomwesh

    Take my money,take it! Oh wait,January 🙁
    The dimensions are solid and the price is Ol Skool JiaYu. I was beginning to think they had lost it. S series has been shit value for cash thus far.

    • Jason45

      You have to wait even longer for the 3GB version

      • Allanitomwesh

        Sadly yes. How long we shall see

  • newchinkphoneuser

    Hello all.

    I will buy my first Chink phone soon. I get something simple dependable as its first chink phone so either Jaiyu G4s or G5s . Pray tell is there difference much between these two. Is the g5s worth getting or are these two chink phones much the same. ???

    • Manos

      G5s is better is smaller you can fit the 3000battery better build than G4S

  • LesEzry
    • Jason45

      Why should this be a scam?

      However, the price is a placeholder price, meaning they are going to change it to around 200 USD dollar most likely after they got stock.

      • LesEzry

        Dude, I was asking about jiayu-store.com I think most people that reads Gizchina knows how that works.

  • MC Wong

    Why isn’t Google pairing with these hardware manufacturers for a nexus phone? Or GPE/AndroidOne program. Google should reach out to them. Great prices, quality, and pure android would be unbeatable.

  • Wonton Chaos

    Does anyone know how the custom ROM support is for Jiayu?

    • Don Rogers

      I have a Jiayu g3. On needarom there are about 20 different custom rom’s to choose from the development of G4 & G5 is also well supported so I should see no issue with custom rom’s for the S3 when they are out there

  • Well done Jiayu, if they can keep the price cheap outside of Japan still it looks like a winner.
    For such a long time they have done pricey not quite hitting the mark phones.
    Dual LTE? plus sdhc is great. It’s a bit large but one plus seem to do OK.

    • Don Rogers

      Do not know where you get your phones from but some Ali Express stores have the S3 available from around $200 for the 2GB version. I also checked Jiayu Store.com and found it on pre-sale for $169.00. I have never ordered from Jiayu Store.com but they take payments via PayPal so you should get some security of payment through PayPal I would not pay by card though.

      Just checked again it’s not on pre-sell on Jiayu Store just advertised at that price you can not pre-order it yet.

      • Jason45

        That is just a placeholder price on jiayu store, they will changed it to a higher price when it is on stock.That site is I believe is just a resellers website.

        • Don Rogers

          You can buy now as a pre-sale on some of the Ali Express stores, I did this when buying my Jiayu G3 2 years ago. Some people have problems with some Ali Express stores, but just like Ebay check out the feedback scores before you buy,
          CMP Limited China has the 3 GB version on Pre-Sale for $204

          • Jason45

            You know that you could be waiting for a long time right for the 3GB version, they did not give a release date for the 3GB version. I am still comparing this phone with the upcoming Meizu and Xiaomi budget phone.

  • Owsley_66

    I got in on the Moto X Cyber Monday promotion in the U.S., but I like the specs and price of this phone much better and waiting a few more weeks is no big deal. I hope you’ll keep us posted as to release date and a legitimate site where this phone can be purchased from.

    • Jason45

      If you are waiting for the 3GB version plus NFC, then you could be waiting for a long time. Only 2gb version will be released in early jan and hopefully they keep this promise.

  • ZXZ

    I still prefer something with weaker snapdragon 410… because of open source codes.
    To hell with mediatek and no updates :/

    And i believe snapdragon will last longer on battery #rofl

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Man , when does this release!
    I WANNA BUY!

  • Lotfius

    I was a huge fan of Jiayu but doing business with them is very difficult !
    The announce phones with huge specs and …. wait … wait … wait
    Also, i don’t know how they can sell this Jiayu S3 at such a low price when the S2, several months after release is solde about 200 €

  • Lotfius

    Hi Andy,
    64Bit … January … Meaning they’re working on an Android 5.0 Rom ?

  • Kingu Prima

    Nice hardware features, what about Jiayu’s software update, have they announced lollipop’s release in the upcoming weeks ?

  • Nahúm Pérez Mesa

    Existencial question… Kolina k100+ v6, this one or WA phone? what do you think guys?

    • Ze

      That’s not an existencial question, its a dumb question. Check the processors performance and answer yourself 🙂

  • enyceckk

    Will this work with T-mobile LTE? USA

  • rit_behind_u

    does it has radio?

  • Ruby

    Anyone know the Antutu score?

    • Gameclamp

      38000~39000

      • Ze

        For sure 36000 or more. That’s the least. With a good rom can reach 41.000 or so…

  • rit_behind_u

    does it has an ir port?

  • MillerMGD

    Hello,
    does anybody know if the buttons (menu,home & back) will be illuminated?

    If so I want this phone and hope it will be better then my G5 advanced!

  • kogan007

    Oneplus one all the way!!!!!

  • menashe

    5.5″ is very poular and is very good for me.

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