6GB of RAM Smartisan T3 launching October 18th


We’ve already heard a bit about Smartisan, the phone maker from China that fancies itself as a very ergonomic maker with its intuitive software. Their previous smartphone, the Smartisan T2, obtained some fringe coverage back in 2014 in the mainstream news as a “metallic Chinese phone”. The followup, the Smartisan T3 will launch officially on October 18th, as seen by the invite below.

Smartisan makes very compelling smartphones that almost always feature a high build quality, high finish, and sadly. a relatively high price. We have the leaked specifications on the T3, and it is rumoured to include the Snapdragon 820 instead of the newer Snapdagon 821. However, this is unlikely to impact the performance on the phone in any significant way.

It will also come with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Smartisan OS 3.0 running on top of it.

Included is an IMX298 Sony sensor powering a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera. There is also an average 3200mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 built in for some quick juicing.

Based on these specs alone, Smartisan is facing some stiff competition not only at home in China but abroad as well. We recently talked about the Zuk Z2/Lenovo Z2 Plus which features similar specs at a low $270 price point. The recently announced LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts slightly better at the same price.

In the international market, we also see competition from Oneplus and ZTE in the OnePlus 3 (review here) and Axon 7 (review here), both priced around the $400 mark and featuring similar/better specs. It will be interesting to see what price Smartisan slaps onto the T3, but for now, that’s all the information we have, the rumoured specifications are down below.

Smartisan T3 Rumoured Specifications:

  • 5.2″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD Screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad Core Processor
  • 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB ROM
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Smartisan OS 3.0
  • Sony IMX298 16MP/8MP Camera
  • USB-C, Linear LT1057 Op Amp
  • 3200mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0

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42 Comments

  1. Assefa Hanson
    October 1, 2016

    competition might not be stiff from leeco and xiaomi at all for smartisan, oppo is selling p10 phones more expensive than xiaomi and leeco and are selling killer maybe their competiton is with oppo and vivo seeing that smartisan phones are expensive

    having cheaper devices dont seem to be the magic pusher anymore at least offline

    • MattD
      October 1, 2016

      While “the cheaper, the better” isn’t working that good anymore recently, it’s not like all it takes to sell is to double the price. Oppo and vivo are selling like crazy because they build themselves a name, their brands are strong and known for their quality. And, also, known for their high prices, which helps because people know what to expect. Like: when vivo launched a phone with a sd652 at 600$, nobody was surprised. If umi (or whatever) does the same, everyone wouldn’t ask if they went insane: they’d just ask WHEN exactly it did happened.

      Now, we know smartisan has insane high prices. That doesn’t mean everyone would think it’s ok just because smartisan usually has high prices.

      • Assefa Hanson
        October 1, 2016

        understandable also, mattd check out the price for the 8848 m3 on liaow XD

        • MattD
          October 1, 2016

          That “free gift: charger converter” on a 2499$ phone cracked me up ? people would be really thankful for that ?

          • Assefa Hanson
            October 2, 2016

            indeed

        • Muhammad Yasir
          October 2, 2016

          dat price tho…

          • Assefa Hanson
            October 3, 2016

            why didnt you say expensive af, what a letdown 🙁

    • October 1, 2016

      Assuming the Smartisan T3 has the Snapdragon and $500, who is going to buy it if you can get a LeEco Le Pro 3 for $276 or Zuk Z2 for the same price?

      Even the Oneplus 3 costs $400USD, so why not?

      • Assefa Hanson
        October 1, 2016

        yeah i suppose

  2. Ruben
    October 1, 2016

    NFC?

  3. Assefa Hanson
    October 1, 2016

    competition might not be stiff from leeco and xiaomi at all for smartisan, oppo is selling p10 phones more expensive than xiaomi and leeco and are selling killer maybe their competiton is with oppo and vivo seeing that smartisan phones are expensive

    having cheaper devices dont seem to be the magic pusher anymore at least offline

    • MattD
      October 1, 2016

      While “the cheaper, the better” isn’t working that good anymore recently, it’s not like all it takes to sell is to double the price. Oppo and vivo are selling like crazy because they build themselves a name, their brands are strong and known for their quality. And, also, known for their high prices, which helps because people know what to expect. Like: when vivo launched a phone with a sd652 at 600$, nobody was surprised. If umi (or whatever) does the same, everyone wouldn’t ask if they went insane: they’d just ask WHEN exactly it did happened.

      Now, we know smartisan has insane high prices. That doesn’t mean everyone would think it’s ok just because smartisan usually has high prices.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 1, 2016

      Assuming the Smartisan T3 has the Snapdragon and $500, who is going to buy it if you can get a LeEco Le Pro 3 for $276 or Zuk Z2 for the same price?

      Even the Oneplus 3 costs $400USD, so why not?

    • Assefa Hanson
      October 1, 2016

      understandable also, mattd check out the price for the 8848 m3 on liaow XD

    • Assefa Hanson
      October 1, 2016

      yeah i suppose

    • MattD
      October 2, 2016

      That “free gift: charger converter” on a 2499$ phone cracked me up 😂 people would be really thankful for that 😂

    • Assefa Hanson
      October 2, 2016

      indeed

    • Guest
      October 2, 2016

      dat price tho…

    • Assefa Hanson
      October 3, 2016

      why didnt you say expensive af, what a letdown 🙁

  4. Ruben
    October 1, 2016

    NFC?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 1, 2016

      Wasn’t mentioned

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    October 2, 2016

    too expensive

  6. wirk
    October 2, 2016

    6 GB is old and boring, 8 GB please.

    • ramon
      October 3, 2016

      for what? explain please

    • October 5, 2016

      Why not 12GB?

  7. Guest
    October 2, 2016

    too expensive

  8. wirk
    October 2, 2016

    6 GB is old and boring, 8 GB please.

    • ramon
      October 3, 2016

      for what? explain please

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 5, 2016

      Why not 12GB?

  9. Karly Johnston
    October 3, 2016

    You can get the 6/128 Z2 Pro for $400 now.

    • October 5, 2016

      I would personally still go for the Zuk Z2 non pro edition because the battery is actually bigger

      • Karly Johnston
        October 5, 2016

        The screen isn’t as power efficient as the S-AMOLED of the Pro.

  10. Karly Johnston
    October 3, 2016

    You can get the 6/128 Z2 Pro for $400 now.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 5, 2016

      I would personally still go for the Zuk Z2 non pro edition because the battery is actually bigger

    • Karly Johnston
      October 5, 2016

      The screen isn’t as power efficient as the S-AMOLED of the Pro.

  11. October 4, 2016

    I’m curious about the low price you mentioned for the T3. Really, only $270? The prices I saw on Chinese retail sites for the previous Smartisan phones were ridiculously high. Maybe they have learned the hard way to offer devices are more reasonable prices?

    • October 5, 2016

      What do you mean? I was talking about the Zuk Z2 at the $270 price point

      • October 5, 2016

        Sorry, my error, I thought you were saying that the T3 would be $270. Anyway, the point you seemed to be implying is that Smartisan could struggle to sell many of their new phones if they can’t compete with comparably spec’d phones selling for $270. I totally agree with this view.

  12. Moose
    October 4, 2016

    I’m curious about the low price you mentioned for the T3. Really, only $270? The prices I saw on Chinese retail sites for the previous Smartisan phones were ridiculously high. Maybe they have learned the hard way to offer devices are more reasonable prices?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 5, 2016

      What do you mean? I was talking about the Zuk Z2 at the $270 price point

    • Moose
      October 5, 2016

      Sorry, my error, I thought you were saying that the T3 would be $270. Anyway, the point you seemed to be implying is that Smartisan could struggle to sell many of their new phones if they can’t compete with comparably spec’d phones selling for $270. I totally agree with this view.