The last year has seen an abundance of interesting devices land on the market. If you need an example then take a quick look at the Galaxy S6 Edge or the Galaxy Note Edge (both from Samsung) or of course, the YotaPhone by Yota. It seems being different is key to grabbing the end user’s attention. Well, last year saw another different phone arrive although it was one which did not make its way to international waters. Instead, the device was launched back in May 2014 in China. This was the Smartisan T1.
That said, on paper, it was not all that different to much of the other major devices and came touting a lot of familiar (for the time) flagship specs. For instance, the Smartisan T1 came with a 5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside, the T1 came touting 2GB RAM and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor. Camera wise, the T1 came with a 13-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 5-megapixel front facing option. Additional features on offer with the T1 included 32GB internal storage, microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC. At the time of launch, it was only released as a 3G model although towards the end of the year, the company also released a 4G supported model too. One of the other really interesting features of the T1 and what did make it different to the rest of the 2014 pack, was the operating system. This did come running on Android, but on a heavily skinned version dubbed Smartisan OS. In fact, the OS existed long before the phone did and was then akin to the likes of many other alternative and custom ROMs.
Well, interestingly enough it now seems that the T1 has been spotted passing through the FCC. The filings have gone live today and as per usual with this sort of thing, they do lend support to the idea that the T1 maybe making its way to the U.S. Of course, an FCC filing does not guarantee that the Smartisan T1 is en route, but what it does do is highly suggest that it might be.