News by Luke Jones on Friday December 05, 2014.
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If you want to get top of the class specs, a solid and robust design, and other flagship goodies you have to lay down hundreds of dollars, or at least commit to a long term service contract. Not so in China though, where handsets that look good and are positively overflowing with up to date hardware can cost just a couple of greenbacks. We are used to the likes of Xiaomi, Meizu, and OnePlus selling affordable flagships, but what about Jiayu?Never heard of them? Thinking this is a Chinese knock off phone? That's okay, but this is actually one of the established Chinese smartphone makers and the new Jiayu S3 falls nicely into the bargain bracket, making it a pound of pound king of the handset world. The new device 5.5-inch LTPS display that is rocking Full HD 1080p resolution, while it also has a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM, a Sony made 5 element IMX214 13 megapixel rear camera lens with LED flash, a 5 megapixel front facing selfie cam, and dual SIM capabilities. Other specs include 16GB of on board storage that is expandable thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot, Android 4.4 KitKat running the show, and a 3000mAh juicer. A potent blend of top line specs then and the really interesting thing is that Jiayu is selling this handset for just around $169, making it a bargain. We doubt the company is turning much of a profit on this handset, and at the moment it is only available through pre-order. Sadly, I doubt the Jiayu S3 will ever leave the Chinese market, so perhaps the next time you are in Beijing of Shanghai you can try and pick on up.
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