Smartisan T1 smartphone hits the FCC, may see a US release

smartisan T1

Depending on where you rest your head, you may have heard of the Smartisan T1 smartphone. The handset has been out in China since last year, but may be bound for the US as it’s just passed through FCC certification.

The Smartisan T1 was introduced in May of last year, and it was interesting for a couple of reasons. It had flagships specs at the time, and ran a forked version of Android called the Smartisan OS. It also featured configurable buttons on its sides that allowed you go adjust volume and brightness from either side of the device depending on your preferences. Nothing groundbreaking, but certainly unique and something we hadn’t seen before.

In terms of design, the Smartisan T1 smartphone was built to be premium so you’re getting a phone with a glass back to match the glass panel found on the front. That backplate is removable in case you want a battery with more juice, and unlike a lot of handsets these days, there are physical buttons on the front. While the Smartisan T1 is a looker, the software is the star of the show.

The Smartisan OS puts grid panels onto your device, something most of us are already familiar with. That said, the company took a different approach to their UI as you can see from the screens. The ROM has numerous theme options as well including custom colors and icons. Gestures also play a part in the experience, as you’ll be able to draw a circle on the display using your thumbs to for screen rotation. There are plenty of other tech tricks involved – it isn’t your typical Android-based ROM.

As for the specs, the Smartisan T1 isn’t a weak handset, but it’s specifications show a flagship from 2014. That means you’re looking at 5-inch FHD panel, a Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP/5MP camera combo. You’ll have a choice between 16GB and 32GB of storage along with the option of 3G or 4G in the connectivity department. Those were the options when it was released in China, so we assume they’ll stay the same if they bring both versions to the US.

There has been no official word from Smartisan in regards to a US release, but all signs point towards a US release sometime in the near future. It will be interesting to see how the device is priced considering the outdated specs, and the fact that it isn’t a “budget” Chinese handset – originally the Smartisan T1 price was around $560 for the unlocked 4G version. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you in the loop as we learn more about a potential Smartisan release in the states.

via – Liliputing      source: FCC

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