First 1TB Phone Smartisan R1 Review
More Storage and Unique Presentation
The phone features a massive 6.17-inch FHD+ 19:9 IPS Force Touch sensitive Display and is powered by the fastest mobile SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Smartisan R1 Cameras are also upgraded to 12+20MP Sony IMX363 with OIS+EIS to deliver better photo and video quality. Probably not up to par with Pixel 2 and S9 but clearly a match for the previous generation S8 and Pixel XL.
Performance won’t be an issue with R1, wheter it’s browsing, gaming or social media. The Snapdragon 845 can handle anything you throw at it with ease. Howbeit, this cannot be said the same about PC, because you’d first need to know how to properly optimize windows 10 for gaming and only then would you get any visible results.
You can clearlytell benchmarks paint a strong device that can compete with any phone on the market for performance.
Performance and design aside what makes Smartisan devices unique is their software. This year the big upgrade from 4.2 to Smartiasn OS 6.0 brings improvements to an already established an unique user experience. With heavy inspirations from MacOS, not iOS this software skin boasts features like Idea Pill, Big Band and Voice Assistant and it’s been improved with Android Oreo behind it.
All in all Smartisan R1 makes a compelling case especialy with the 1TB Storage and 8GB RAM variant which will set you back a massive $1400 but there is always the standard 6+64GB Version costing just $599.
The R1 might not be the best option here in the west since most of the features are ment to work in Chinese but anyone who’s looking for a different experience will revel in joy with Smartisan R1.
The R1 also comes in Pure White.
Smartisan R1 Final Thoughts
I personally, still use my Smartisan Nut Pro 2 with Snapdragon 660 and am very pleased overall with it’s performance, battery life and how thoughtful and different Smartisan OS is.
The phone for me cements Smartisan as the up-and-coming exotic tech to buy, but the R1 is not as revolutionary as I hoped in terms of design but rather Software and Presentation.