China is one of the most crowded smartphone markets in the world with many local players fighting between them along with a tough competition from few other global brands. Even though there are many Chinese brands, the smartphone penetration in China doesn’t stop anyone from entering the already crowded market. In recent times, we have few new brands debuting the Chinese markets like LeTV and Smartisan.
While LeTV isn’t new company after all, since it is one of the largest online video company’s in China that had recently ventured into smartphone manufacturing. On the other hand, Smartisan which is walking on the footpaths of Xiaomi has started with a customized Android OS in 2012 and launched its first ever smartphone running the same in May last year.
The latest smartphone from the company is the Smartisan T2, which is the successor of the debutant Smartisan T1. Though the device doesn’t sport flagship specifications, it includes basic specifications that make the device stand on par with other high-end devices.
It comes with a pretty simple design where you can’t even find the screws or the network bands that gives an odd look to the device. According to the company, it is the result of 588 days of research and developments that make the Smartisan T2 to looks premium in hand. It also decided to ditch the plastic in favour of metal that can make the device even stronger.
It features a 4.95-inch Full HD resolution display with a pixel density of 445ppi. The device comes powered by Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 hexa-core processor coupled with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It will be available in two storage variants with 16GB and 32GB internal storages. The device is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 on front and back of the device.
On the camera part, it has a rear camera of 13MP 2nd Gen Exmor RS sensor f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that can record video in 4K resolution. There is a 5MP front camera for selfies and video calls. It also offers Hi-Hi sound, thanks to the dual OPA1612 chips from Texas Instruments.
The device is backed by a 2,670mAh non-removable battery that can give decent battery life. It runs on the latest Smartisan OS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. We can’t find the specific power button on this device since the home also acts as a power button while the two buttons on either side of the home button can be customized to open the menu or return to the previous screen.
It also has dual volume rockers on both the edges of the device, where you can customize any one set of buttons for controlling volume and another set for controlling brightness. Connectivity on this device include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The device measures 144.55 x 70.84 x 7.53 mm and weighs about 146 grams. The 16GB variant of Smartisan T2 costs 2,499 Yuan (approx $385 / Rs. 25,500) while the 32GB variant costs 2,599 Yuan (approx $400 / Rs. 26,500).