Shallots say that their Snapdragon 820 super phone will cost just 1999 Yuan


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Shallots tend to keep out of the international playing field and relay on local customers, but the news that their Snapdragon 820 flagship will cost as little as 1999 Yuan they might get some extra global attention.

In a meeting held this week, Shallots managers told staff that the company had managed to ship over 100,000 phones. Compared to Xiaomi or Meizu this is nothing, but for a small niche player its a good number.

So can Shallots do better in 2016? Well looking at their plans to launch a Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone at only 1999 Yuan ($300) we think they might.

Apparently the new phone will feature an all metal body 2k display, 16 mega-pixel main camera, fingerprint scanner, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory. The specs alone are good, but rumours that Xiaomi are launching a similar device (with the Mi5) at a higher price could really help Shallots push sales.

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67 Comments

  1. January 27, 2016

    This is sounding ike my dream phone … WOOOHOOO!!! I hope it comes with IR blaster, NFC, Fingerprint scanner and SD card reader (not so important considering the 128GB built-in memory). They should use 3rd/4th gen Gorilla Glass as screen protection.

    • David
      January 27, 2016

      Then wait for OP3

      • Simon
        January 27, 2016

        I’m waiting for OP4.

        • Joel Adames
          January 29, 2016

          then you are in for a LONG, LONG, LONG wait….

      • January 27, 2016

        Like OP3 is gonna come with a 128GB built-in memory?

      • balcobomber25
        January 27, 2016

        Wait is exactly what you will do with OP3 and the invitation system version 3.0.

  2. realjjj
    January 27, 2016

    So they are not upping pricing for same specs but with a new gen SoC . No reason to since costs are not higher.
    The Metal Ultimate is 6 inch 1440p , SD810 , 4GB RAM, 128GB NAND and microSD, 16MP and 8MP cams, 5.100mAh , fingerprint at 1999CNY.

    • Rob
      January 27, 2016

      Yes but even though it was announced months ago, it’s still not available to buy. I think they have decided to ditch the 810 in favour of the 820 before releasing it. I was hoping it was going to be my next phone.

      • MattD
        January 27, 2016

        On other sources, it said what you just wrote: the same phone, but with the 820 in place of the 810

  3. Rob
    January 27, 2016

    And if they offer LTE bands 1/3/7/20 too, than this could become one of my favourites. But considering Shallots is targeting the local market I don’t think this will happen.

    • Joel Adames
      January 29, 2016

      add in there the LTE band 4-aws !!!!

  4. Aeonia
    January 27, 2016

    Until the resellers agree on a $450 price point…+ shipping and taxes

    • David
      January 27, 2016

      resellers don’t agree on price, there are costs to bear and every reseller tries to push price down to point for acceptance for both sides

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      It would be awesome if it worked that way but it doesn’t. Resellers all pay different prices depending on how many units they buy, their relationship etc. They all have different costs as well, some have wharehouses located outside of China which carry their own costs (taxes, import/export fees etc). There are hundreds of factors that can go into how much a reseller sells for and they need to make a profit on the device too.

  5. Guaire
    January 27, 2016

    IMO this brand seems worthy of a lot more attention than Doogee, Elephone, Bluboo, Umi and a few more similar brands.

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      Their phones are definitely interesting but unfortunately I can never get past that name, and usually brand names don’t matter much to me.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 28, 2016

        you must have some tough beef with onions :p

        because i sure as hell as sold on their ideas and aims and i don’t give a damn about what they name their brands … hell they could name it Lucifer if they want 😀

        • balcobomber25
          January 28, 2016

          Lucifer I would buy, Shallots not so much. I would even buy a brand named Poop. I actually love Onions, but I like them in my food not in my hand.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            January 28, 2016

            hehe …

  6. rimakus
    January 27, 2016

    Early design picture leaked!

    • Xiaolu
      January 27, 2016

      lol a little too thick… but probably has a high tech multi-layer organic battery.

      • rimakus
        January 27, 2016

        but no thick bezels!

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      That is my exact thought when seeing their company name!

    • njren
      January 27, 2016

      Needs an overhaul…the company’s name is “Green Onion”, not “Shallots”.

    • Dante
      January 27, 2016

      not green – fake confirmed

      • rimakus
        January 27, 2016

        this is in pink gold color 😛 it is a phone after all!

  7. Michael Ogbonnaya
    January 27, 2016

    This is sounding ike my dream phone … WOOOHOOO!!! I hope it comes with IR blaster, NFC, Fingerprint scanner and SD card reader (not so important considering the 128GB built-in memory). They should use 3rd/4th gen Gorilla Glass as screen protection.

    A good build quality too is very important plus well optimized software to backup the huge processing power.

    • Guest
      January 27, 2016

      Then wait for OP3

    • Guest
      January 27, 2016

      I’m waiting for OP4.

    • Michael Ogbonnaya
      January 27, 2016

      Like OP3 is gonna come with a 128GB built-in memory?

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      Wait is exactly what you will do with OP3 and the invitation system version 3.0.

    • Joel Adames
      January 29, 2016

      then you are in for a LONG, LONG, LONG wait….

  8. MattD
    January 27, 2016

    On other sources, it said that they’re not going to make a new phone with the 820, but they’re replacing the 810 previously announced with the newer soc!

  9. realjjj
    January 27, 2016

    So they are not upping pricing for same specs but with a new gen SoC . No reason to since costs are not higher.
    The Metal Ultimate is 6 inch 1440p , SD810 , 4GB RAM, 128GB NAND and microSD, 16MP and 8MP cams, 5.100mAh , fingerprint at 1999CNY.

    • Rob
      January 27, 2016

      Yes but even though it was announced months ago, it’s still not available to buy. I think they have decided to ditch the 810 in favour of the 820 before releasing it. I was hoping it was going to be my next phone.

    • MattD
      January 27, 2016

      On other sources, it said what you just wrote: the same phone, but with the 820 in place of the 810

  10. das
    January 27, 2016

    from where I can buy shallots phones ?

    • justyfier
      January 28, 2016

      geekbuying

  11. Roberto Tomás
    January 27, 2016

    Im confused.

    that score is a good 30% lower than the LeTv/LeEco x910 “Max Pro” — I expect them to cut corners on the peripherals to get the price low, but why is that phone scoring down so near to the scores of a fully-clocked Exynos 7420 or Helio X20 (~85-90k range)?

    • asd
      January 27, 2016

      You are fucking stupid its how many pcs they shipped..

      • Roberto Tomás
        January 27, 2016

        flagged for moderator

  12. Rob
    January 27, 2016

    And if they offer LTE bands 1/3/7/20 too, than this could become one of my favourites. But considering Shallots is targeting the local market I don’t think this will happen.

    • Joel Adames
      January 29, 2016

      add in there the LTE band 4-aws !!!!

  13. Boni M.
    January 27, 2016

    Until the resellers agree on a $450 price point…+ shipping and taxes

    • Guest
      January 27, 2016

      resellers don’t agree on price, there are costs to bear and every reseller tries to push price down to point for acceptance for both sides

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      It would be awesome if it worked that way but it doesn’t. Resellers all pay different prices depending on how many units they buy, their relationship etc. They all have different costs as well, some have wharehouses located outside of China which carry their own costs (taxes, import/export fees etc). There are hundreds of factors that can go into how much a reseller sells for and they need to make a profit on the device too.

  14. Guaire
    January 27, 2016

    IMO this brand seems worthy of a lot more attention than Doogee, Elephone, Bluboo, Umi and a few more similar brands.

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      Their phones are definitely interesting but unfortunately I can never get past that name, and usually brand names don’t matter much to me.

    • Guest
      January 28, 2016

      you must have some tough beef with onions :p

      because i sure as hell as sold on their ideas and aims and i don’t give a damn about what they name their brands … hell they could name it Lucifer if they want 😀

    • balcobomber25
      January 28, 2016

      Lucifer I would buy, Shallots not so much. I would even buy a brand named Poop. I actually love Onions, but I like them in my food not in my hand.

    • Guest
      January 28, 2016

      hehe …

  15. rimakus
    January 27, 2016

    Early design picture leaked!

    • Xiaolu
      January 27, 2016

      lol a little too thick… but probably has a high tech multi-layer organic battery.

    • balcobomber25
      January 27, 2016

      That is my exact thought when seeing their company name!

    • Guest
      January 27, 2016

      Needs an overhaul…the company’s name is “Green Onion”, not “Shallots”.

    • Dante
      January 27, 2016

      not green – fake confirmed

    • rimakus
      January 27, 2016

      but no thick bezels!

    • rimakus
      January 27, 2016

      this is in pink gold color 😛 it is a phone after all!

  16. MattD
    January 27, 2016

    On other sources, it said that they’re not going to make a new phone with the 820, but they’re replacing the 810 previously announced with the newer soc!

  17. Guest
    January 27, 2016

    from where I can buy shallots phones ?

    • justyfier
      January 28, 2016

      geekbuying. only the 5.5 inch is availible called cong metal

  18. Roberto Tomás
    January 27, 2016

    Im confused.

    that score is a good 30% lower than the LeTv/LeEco x910 “Max Pro” — I expect them to cut corners on the peripherals to get the price low, but why is that phone scoring down so near to the scores of a fully-clocked Exynos 7420 or Helio X20 (~85-90k range)?

    edit: problem solved, by a complete jerk but solved none the less .. 103,000 something in the snapshot is units, not the antutu score. My bad, since most of the 820 antutu v6 scores are right in the low 100k range I assumed it was that.

    • Guest
      January 27, 2016

      You are fucking stupid its how many pcs they shipped..

    • Roberto Tomás
      January 27, 2016

      flagged for moderator, for the language and civility.

  19. E8hffff
    January 27, 2016

    1999 Yuan = $303.9102 USD at current rate.

  20. E8hffff
    January 27, 2016

    I could probably live with a 16MP camera, 2K screen and an 820 Snapdragon all at $300USD.

  21. E8hffff
    January 27, 2016

    I could probably live with a 16MP camera, 2K screen and an 820 Snapdragon all at $300USD.