Smartisan’s much rumoured budget smartphone has been spotted at China’s TENAA testing facility boasting specifications that would make it a bargain 999 Yuan phone.
999 Yuan, or around $160 is a good price of an Android smartphone and has long been the price that Mediatek powered phones have battled on. Earlier this year it was the JiaYu S3 which promised high-end specs and performance at just shy of 1000 Yuan , and now it is the turn of the Smartisan C1.
Like the JiaYu S3 the Smartisan C1 will boast a 5.5-inch FHD display, and octacore 64bit processor, it also lacks a fingerprint scanner which has come a very popular feature for Chinese phones to offer in 2015.
Where the C1 differs is in the choice of chipset. Most 999 Yuan phones will use a Mediatek processor, but Smartisan have opted for a Snapdragon 615 in the C1, the same chip as the recently launched Xiaomi Mi4i.
The TENAA listing has been hidden from view so we cannot see the rest of the hardware, but don’t be surprised to see 2GB RAM and a 13 mega-pixel camera on their too. As for a release date it cannot be far off now that network approval has been achieved.