ByteDance, the developer of the famous short-video app called TikTok, has quietly revealed its first smartphone. Called Jianguo Pro 3 (or 'Nut Pro 3'), the flagship-grade smartphone is currently on sale in the Chinese market for a starting price of 2,899 yuan (Rs 29,051 approx) under the Smartisan brand name. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, the Jianguo Pro 3 allows the user to access Duoyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, right from the lock screen.
According to Smartisan's product page, the Jianguo Pro 3 is available in three variants: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage, and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. The Jianguo Pro 3 sports a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Its back panel is home to four cameras, including a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.75, 13MP ultra-wide sensor, 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP super-macro lens. The selfie camera is a single 20MP unit with an aperture of f/2.0.
Powered by a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ 18W fast-charging, the Jianguo Pro 3 runs Smartisan OS 3.0 that is based on Android 9 Pie. The phone is sold in China in black, white, and 'Matsutake' (mushroom green) colours.
According to a recent report by Abacus News, the native camera app in the phone contains special effects and filters found in TikTok. "These can be applied to videos of any length, unlike TikTok videos, which can only last up to 60 seconds."
According to a statement received by Reuters back in July from a ByteDance spokesperson, the Jianguo Pro 3 is a "a continuation of earlier Smartisan plans, aiming to satisfy the needs of the old Smartisan user base." Founded in 2012,
Smartisan is a "struggling" Chinese smartphone manufacturer that transferred some of its patents to ByteDance to keep the brand name going.