Smartisan is back with a new phone after nearly a year of being absent from the smartphone scene. Its latest phone is the Smartisan Nut Pro 3 and it has arrived to take on other flagships.
I have always been a fan of Smartisan’s design as it stands out from that of its competitors. The new Nut Pro 3 doesn’t deviate from that design and even adds some new features.
First, the phone has a U-shaped notch which makes my earlier statement about the phone having a unique design ironical. But we are in a world where manufacturers are trying to cram large displays into small frames and its either a notch, a punch hole, or a pop-up selfie camera.
While the front of the phone isn’t striking, the back of the device is. The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 has four rear cameras placed in a rectangular housing unlike any we have seen before. Three of the sensors are arranged vertically while the fourth is at the top left. Below is a long strip LED flash. However, this design is limited to the black and green variants.
The white version has a different design. Rather than a long strip for the LED flash, it has a pill-shaped LED flash. Smartisan gave an explanation for this. According to them, everyone is focused on harmony when it comes to quad -camera design but they are not. So do not worry, the camera configuration is the same, it is just the design that is different.
Smartisan is not done surprising us with the design. At the bottom of the phone is the manufacturer’s familiar hammer logo but it isn’t just there for branding purposes. Smartisan says there is a breathing light under the logo which lights up when you have notifications. this is Handy if your phone is lying face down. Neat, right?
The Nut Pro 3 is also pretty thin, measuring 7.8 millimeters even with its 4000mAh battery capacity. Compare that to the Mi 9 Pro 5G which measures 8.5 millimeters and has the same battery capacity
The Nut Pro 3 has a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a wide color gamut and 2 nits ultra-low brightness. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor and comes in three configurations – 8+128GB, 8+256GB, and 12+256GB.
On the back of the phone is Sony’s IMX586 48MP f/1.75 camera and it is paired with a 13MP 1.12um ultrawide angle camera with a 123° FOV. There is also an 8MP telephoto camera and a 5MP 2cm macro camera. Smartisan says they added an algorithm that intelligently corrects distortion when using the ultrawide angle camera. The selfie camera is a 20MP Samsung 3T1 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 1.8um pixel size.
The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 packs several camera features including Super Night View 2.0 and 480fps slow-motion. The phone also ships with two popular apps pre-installed – NOMO and Cut-Off (剪映). The NOMO camera app comes with four free camera filters (135 M, 135 B, FISHEYE and CAM BOY). You can also record videos with the rear and front-facing cameras at the same time.
The phone runs Smartisan UI 7.0 based on Smartisn OS 7.0 which brings lots of new features including Bing Bang 3.0, One Step 2.0, and Idea Pills 2.0. Its 4000mAh battery supports both 5V/3A and 9V/2A fast charge. There is dual-SIM support, a USB Type-C port but no audio jack.
Price and Availability
The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 is priced at ¥2899 (~$412) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB version. The 8GB RAM + 256GB version is ¥3199(~$455) and the 12GB RAM + 256GB version is ¥3599 (~$511).