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Photo feature: Smartisan T1 finally gets support for 4G LTE networks, goes on sale

October 21, 2014 - Written By Yash Garg

The svelte T1 took birth back in May this year. Smartisan, the makers behind the device, project is as a combination of smart and art, which seems to have gone down well with the audience so far. When it was launched, the device had no 4G LTE support which was a massive downer; Smartisan however announced that a 4G LTE capable version would follow ‘at the end of the year’. And now that we’re in that part of the year, Smartisan has lived up to its word and put together an 4G LTE-abled T1.

Quite a lot of Chinese phones that we’ve seen through this year, right from the OnePlus One to more recently, the Xiaomi Mi 4, have attempted to redefine the term value for money. The Smartisan T1, on the other hand, does nothing of this sort and simply aims to deliver a lot of value to the user. The philosophy behind the T1 will remind many about what Steve Jobs thought of the iPhone when Apple first launched the iconic device. On the contrary, the Smartisan T1 runs Android; unsurprisingly, a highly forked version thereof. It’s called the Smartisan OS, and the company has put some serious thought into it, we’re told by those who’ve managed to get their hands on the device.

This new 4G LTE capable version comes with v1.1 of the Smartisan OS, which besides a lot of bug fixes, optimizes battery life by a good 30%. The company claims to have added 41 new features and optimized on 71 areas, but we won’t get into the details. 4G LTE on the T1 is compatible with China’s China Mobile and Chine Unicom networks. This should also remind you that the T1 is a China-only device, so if you’ve already given in to the lure of a sleek looking Smartisan T1, get ready to pay a hefty premium to get it imported from your choice of reseller.

To remind you, the Smartisan T1 comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 / 32GB of on-board storage (non-expandable), a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera and lastly, a 2570 mAh battery.