Smartisan, one of China’s smaller players in the smartphone arena, has released their latest smartphone, Jiangguo, which means ‘nut’. The multi-colored device will precede the T2 flagship, set for release later this year.

The 5.5-inch Android phone is the company’s first release since their T1 in May last year. Smartisan itself is now over two years old but unlike other competitors in the market has taken its time releasing flagships. It will be interesting to see what the company, headed by teacher-turned-CEO Luo Yonghao, has come up with over the past 18 months. 

The T1 was a fairly solid smartphone with a relatively unique Android OS which has performed well with critics. It was priced above its market contemporaries Meizu and Xiaomi. Smartisan has not opted for the higher price bracket with the Jiangguo, with the newest release retailing at 899 yuan, which is about $140 USD. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com