TikTok is a wildly popular video creating and sharing platform popular with teens and tweens and its parent company has just revealed its first flagship smartphone. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, acquired some patents from Chinese manufacturer Smartisan used to develop the Smartisan Nut Pro 3.
The Nut Pro 3 runs Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855+ chipset and comes in 8GB and 12GB configurations either 128GB or 256GB of storage. There’s a large 6.39-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a small tear-drop notch. The phone packs a 4,000 mAh battery, a quad camera (wide + tele + ultra-wide + macro) setup and runs the Android-based Smartisan OS 7.0. The new Smartisan phone comes in both white and green, each with their own slightly different camera designs
The Nut Pro 3 starts at CNY 2899 (~$412) for the base 8GB/128GB model and comes in hardware that many have compared to Apple’s iPhone 4 – the original glass sandwich. It has a metal frame that wraps around the flat sides and a glass panel on the back. It even has small circular power and volume buttons.
ByteDance insists this isn’t a “TikTok phone”. While it might offer smartphone users a versatile array of cameras and high-performance chipset that give TikTok users a set of tools to create videos, it is more than just a “TikTok phone”. Though it might come with the popular social app pre-installed, the company knows that previous social media-branded smartphones like the HTC First didn’t sell very well.
The phone is currently on sale at JD.com, Tmall, and Smartisan’s official site in China.