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Here's what $160 get you in China: a 5.5'' 1080p phone with a 13MP Sony cam, octa-core processor and 3GB RAM

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Here's what $160 get you in China: a 5.5'' 1080p phone with a 13MP Sony cam, octa-core processor and 3GB RAM

By now, most of you will know that most Chinese handsets come dirt-cheap, even if they're filled to the brim with flagship-level hardware. Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei – all three of those offer exactly that and you can usually rest assured that you're getting a quality handset. But there are also smaller companies that still offer you that, and there's no other as recent example of that as the just-announced Jiayu S3.

Now, the name Jiayu is unlikely to ring a bell with... well, pretty much all of you, but it's actually one of the well-established Chinese makers and the company definitely has some experience under its belt. We've had some hands-on time with some of its more recent devices, and we definitely dug what we saw. The problem was, those were a bit on the expensive size (for China, anyway). With the S3, however, Jiayu shows that it is very much capable of changing its strategy.

So, what's the Jiayu S3? Well, it's a 5.5-inch device with a 1080p LTPS display, an LTE-enabled, 64-bit octa-core procoessor (MediaTek MT6752) with eight ARM-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz and a dual-core Mali-T760 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0. There's also a 13-megapixel, 5-element Sony IMX214 camera with wide, f/2.0 aperture and a dual LED flash to be found at the back, and a Samsung-made, 5-megapixel, f/2.4selfie snapper at the front. Two SIM slots are available, as well, and so is a small cradle for a microSD card that will allow you to expand storage beyond the 16GB the S3 comes with. All of this is powered by a 3000 mAh juicer and Android 4.4 KitKat. 

And the price? ¥899 or ¥999 ($146/$162) depending on the version – one has 2GB of RAM on board, while the "advanced" model offers 3 gigs. Unfortunately, Jiayu is only accepting pre-orders for the time being, so it might take a while until this budget beast reaches the market.


source: Jiayu (translated) via GizChina

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posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:06 13

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


So a decently spec'd phone can be sold on the cheap.

I guess Apple never got that memo.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 07:00

18. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ummm. Oneplus One? Heard of it?

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 07:09 2

20. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


you need an invite so it doesn't count.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 08:22 1

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Seriously... The OnePlus One is like tree house club...

Do you have an invite? What's the password...?

"New England Clam Chowder... Is that the red or the white?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO9wIrvTvSw

+1

posted on 31 Jan 2015, 08:10

36. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)


I have one. So for some ppl it counts :)

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 21:11 2

32. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


A OnePlus One costs more than $160.

Are you taking stupid pills today or what?

posted on 07 Dec 2014, 10:40

34. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


OnePlus One use qualcom not mediatek.
Both were cheap compared to the rest of the pack that use the same chipset.

posted on 31 Jan 2015, 08:11

37. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)


yes but is is still less than half the price of an iPhone.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:10 2

2. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Cheap crap

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:21 8

5. duartix (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Like what? Your comment?

For the record, I've been running on a Jiayu G4 for the last year and a half and it's been the most stable, software bulletproof, long enduring smartphone I've ever owned. Apart from the poor GPS (which is common to all MTK6589 chips) this machine has never failed me.
Unlike some smartphones from big name companies where the first thing you have to do to get the phone working is to replace the manufacturer's ROM.

Funny thing was most of the initial reactions were: "Wow! Is that the new iPhone?"

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:46

13. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


that means you have to buy new phone after 160 days

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:12 3

3. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


overprice Samsung!!! no wonder they are running downhill.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:35 3

9. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


that's a really stupid comment. they're a business so they will most definitely want to raise their profit margins as much as possible. if you've been reading business news, youi'll realize how stock prices fall when stockholders think the companies they are investing in are underpricing their products.

i am not trying to defend samsung. i am trying to defend sanity and reasonability.

you have a wide variety of choices. why get mad when you can't afford something? go for the cheap options as you please.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 12:08

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung shouldn't be the first thing to come to mind. Overpriced is clearly Apple's forte.

Out of all the major OEMs, Samsung has the most reasonably priced flagships, and that's what got them to the top. It remains to be seen if the same strategy will work for one of these China companies eventually.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:12 3

4. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Chinese will eat up Apple one day.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:33 5

8. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


but 1st, samsung died 1st, follow by LG, HTC, SONY

posted on 31 Jan 2015, 08:12

38. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Samsung is still sells most smartphones.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:28 3

6. everinm (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


It's make in China like the iphone, about the same quality!
LOL

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:30

7. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


great specs, zero warranty. buy at your own risk.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:42 1

11. realjjj (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Actually Jiayu has some inernational stores, including many in the EU and EU has mandatory 2 years warranty ,unlike the US where everybody offers just 1 year.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:37 1

10. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


I really don't understand the price policy of Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony and Motorola. Also I can't understand why a good western distribution chain do not supply with this hardware and price wise phones from China. Something might be wrong with this. At the bottom line we are talking business here. Whyyyyy?

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 13:54 1

27. ronako (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


All these companies you mentioned are publicly traded companies. Their business is to make money. These china phones are so cheap either due to cheaper parts, the intent to build a customer base, or just trying to establish marketshare. I'd imagine their profits are razor slim, or heck they're losing money per phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:44

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Hell... I wanna go to China.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:54

14. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


If its from China, it must be a real deal. LOL to xodiom.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 05:50

15. Hamid.Z (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Other companies should follow in their footsteps !!!!

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 06:01

16. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I hope they ship to most, if not all countries. Would love to buy one of these

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 06:29

17. MTT84 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)


You can buy all Chinese phones on a lot of Chinese webshops.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 07:03

19. starandmountain (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


just sent them an email, i gonna give it a try

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 07:50

21. rinque85 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Does it support AT&T's LTE?

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 14:02

28. ronako (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


I doubt it. Unless specifically sold in the US, I doubt it supports AT&T LTE. I think it just supports the LTE in china.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 08:11

22. poptart (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Nov 2014)


Jiayu phones are well made and offer great specs at affordable prices. I am looking to own this phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 11:27

24. Elfmonster (Posts: 429; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)


Everyone worries China will take over America someday. But by the time that happens, Americans will be so fed up with American corporations like Apple screwing us over, we'll just be like, Welcome, new overlords.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 12:15

26. JMartin22 (Posts: 1950; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


People in North America are pretty satisfied with Apple products, no cheap IP treasonous hardware can really go on the market outside of most of Asia without being litigated into the grave. Besides, the hardware and software probably brings forth an unoptimized experience anyways.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 14:17

29. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


These generally tend to perform worse than regular midrangers.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 14:17

30. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


These generally tend to perform worse than regular midrangers.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 19:01

31. fyiinfo (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


Just check out the unlocked 5.5 inch Android 4.4 smartphone with quad core CPU and 13MP camera for $110 at KooBay

posted on 07 Dec 2014, 09:11

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I am all for cheaper phones etc. I find it funny that any EU/USA country would actually pay for a phone with the overhead their nations force upon people with minimum wage laws etc.

Think of it this way. Lets say each worker made 15/hr, something the nation wants for fair living wage. That is 31,200 per employee after taxes etc levied upon the company it comes out to more like 40k. So 40,000 * say something like the recently departed Nokia of 18,000, but to make it fair lets do 10,000. They would 400Million just to pay the employees, sans parts. If they were to charge 200 a phone. They would need to sell 2 million phones just to pay employees. This is not including parts, facilities, deals, taxes, the list goes on.

The reason why they are so cheap, is because 15/hr does not exist where they are made.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:29

35. SolaTiz (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Jiayu is most cost-effective mobile phone I think. 13MP Camera, 3GB and octa core is awsome for this price in myefox.es

posted on 11 Feb 2015, 19:07

39. emearg (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


I bought the Jiayu G3 two years ago. It was a reasonally specified phone with much better screen resolution and quality than I could buy locally unless I wanted to pay approximately three times as much. I researched Jiayu and as well as I could tell they had a good reputation and didn't appear to be a scam. I still have my G3 and still like it very much but am keen to get a slightly larger phone with more grunt. This is why I am looking at the S3. It is cheaper than the G3 was and now days I have no doubt about buying direct from Jiayu. For the doubters this post may help to reassure you? Cheers Graeme (from New Zealand)

posted on 06 May 2016, 02:05

40. Tech-8816 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Apr 2016)


For myself, I didn't use the JIAYU smartphone before. What I am concerned when choosing a phone is about the CPU, octa-core is ok, and for the internal storage, 3GB of RAM is good for me too. Most importantly, the price should not be so high. Of course, if it will have Android Marshmallow, it will be better. Today, one of my friends tell me that the Oukitel K6000 Pro with 6000mAh battery and Android 6.0 OS is only $143.99 at gearbest, it is a good news for us, and I will go to view it latter.

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