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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: 1079; 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: 4888; 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 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, 08:10

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


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

posted on 31 Jan 2015, 08:11

37. ikkuh (Posts: 38; 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: 311; 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: 150; 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: 38; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Samsung is still sells most smartphones.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:28 3

6. everinm (Posts: 8; 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: 375; 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: 913; 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: 537; 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: 50; 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.

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