The company that launched the first smartphone with 1TB of storage is about to disappear


Smartisan Nut R1

Who needs a smartphone with 1 Terabyte of internal storage? Apparently, there is demand for this type of device since Samsung plans to launch a variant of the Galaxy S10+ with this capability. However, Samsung will not be the first company to launch a smartphone with 1 TB of storage. Last May, the Chinese manufacturer Smartisan announced the Nut R1.

The Nut R1 is an Android-based device with two rear cameras, a Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. The most interesting thing about the device is that it can have up to 1 TB of UFS 2.1 storage. However, this smartphone reached the market in the middle of last year with a price of 8,848 yuan (about $1,400), a very high price for the Chinese market.

During the presentation of the smartphone, the executive director of Smartisan, Luo Yonghao, strongly criticized Apple and Xiaomi, stating that “they will copy us like crazy” in clear reference to that neither of the two manufacturers has yet launched a smartphone with 1 TB of storage .

In the same event, Smartisan introduced a touch screen called TNT Workstation whose brain was the Nut R1. However, fans of the brand expressed skepticism that the demo video that was shown was real, and the TNT Workstation has never been released.

Currently, things do not seem to go too well for Smartisan, who has not succeeded in convincing users to use their smartphones.

The Chinese media reports that, in the last 4 years, the company has sold only 3 million phones. The trend does not seem to improve since according to a local newspaper, Smartisan delayed payment to its employees in December and its assets were frozen due to the demands of suppliers that have not cashed.

Reports claim that ByteDance, the China-based company behind TikTok, has acquired some intellectual property rights and employees, suggesting that the future of Smartisan is, to say the least, uncertain.

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4 Comments

  1. PaperMaker
    February 6, 2019

    Shocking.

  2. Jh1
    February 6, 2019

    That’s too bad. Smartisan made some nice phones with a unique take on the software. Used a smartisan nut pro 2s for a while, and with a few exceptions it was a brilliant device

  3. Freeje238
    February 6, 2019

    Nuts!

  4. Raven Rampkin
    October 11, 2019

    Been using a Smartisan since May 2017 and only heard about this now o_O Truth be told though, it is/was not exactly the first time they’ve gone under or into those waters 😀