Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Review: Quite Different Mid-Ranger

In late August, Hammer Technology released the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S smartphone in Beijing and quickly became the new backbone of the company. As its name suggests, the Nut Pro 2S is an upgraded version of the Nut Pro 2. After the Snapdragon 710, the Nut Pro 2S has clearly taken a new step in terms of performance. Not only that, but the phone is also equipped with the latest Smartisan OS v6.6.5.4, showing the charm of bullet messages, ‘infinity screens’, flash capsules, big bangs, one step, and other novel features.

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As usual, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S doesn’t look like other smartphones. At the same time, it comes with innovations and a powerful hardware. So it deserves our attention and time. We just have to find out its key features.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Appearance

The Smartisan Nut Pro 2S has added two color versions of glare blue and glare red to the white version. It has 6GB+64GB storage and 6GB+128GB storage versions.

The nut Pro 2S has a body size of 155.3mm x 74.1mm x 7.15mm and weighs 167 grams. It also comes with a body thickness of only 7.15mm and uses a global linear motor to improve performance and feel when touching the screen and make various operations.

The phone features a 6.01-inch 18:9 full-screen with an FHD resolution, an OLED panel that includes the P3 color gamut, dual-sided 2.5D glass, and a full-screen capacitive button. The earpiece curve is 0.45mm only.

Like its predecessor, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S rear fingerprint recognition is combined with the signature fingerprint logo. This is also the first phone with a glare coated glass and high-gloss anodized aluminum frame. Due to this technology, under different illumination angles, you can see the bright light and shadow change and unique reflective effect, while the middle frame adopts aviation-grade aluminum alloy material and high-light anodizing process to make the metal get a bright reflective texture. An obvious bright edge effect can be seen under the angle change.

In terms of the body, it is moderately sized. Though it does not use a notch full-screen or a beauty tip and its border is not extremely narrow, the overall look is still very harmonious. The Nut Pro 2S inherits the style highlights of the Nut series through the design of the border, the four perimeter corners, and the red line button. Even if there is no Hammer logo on the back, we believe that everyone can clearly distinguish this is a Smartisan Nut line handset.

The bottom side carries a USB Type-C port and two speakers, but there is no 3.5mm audio jack. An adapter is included in the box.

As a result, the top side carries a noise reduction microphone.

There is also an 18W charging head.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Performance

The Smartisan Nut Pro 2S is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. This chip inherits the fine tradition of the Snapdragon 660 and pioneered the Snapdragon 700 series. It is a representative Soc. It is one of the most ideal chips for mid- to high-end smartphones.

The Snapdragon 710 uses the same Samsung second-generation 10nm LPP process as the Snapdragon 845, is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 360 CPU, two of which clock at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It also has the same shared L3 level 3 cache. As for the GPU, the SoC comes with the Adreno 616 graphics card. According to the official introduction, when playing 4K video and games, the power consumption is reduced by 40% compared to the Snapdragon 660, and the video streaming power consumption is reduced by 20%. From the configuration point of view, it is not inferior to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Its performance should be between Snapdragon 820 and 835.

Apart from this, the Snapdragon 710 is equipped with Qualcomm X15 LTE modem, Hexagon 685 DSP, Spectra 250 dual ISP, Aqstic Audio, and a multi-core artificial intelligence engine (AI Engine, or AIE), claiming to bring twice the AI performance of Snapdragon 660, supporting mainstream Artificial intelligence tools and frameworks.

As a result, in AnTuTu benchmark, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S scores 171,351 points, of which CPU runs into 66,208 points and GPU runs into 47,748 points. In line with the interval of the Snapdragon 710, this also indicates that the Snapdragon 710 on the Nut Pro 2S has played a normal level.

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In the Geekbench benchmark, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S has a single core of 1815 points and a multi-core of 5586 points.

From the Geekbench single-core performance point of view, the Nut Pro 2S’ Snapdragon 710 surpassed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the Samsung Exynos 8890 processor. The multi-core performance also surpassed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the Samsung Exynos 8890 processor, but not as good as the Snapdragon 835.

However, the Nut Pro 2S does not use UFS 2.1 storage, it comes with an eMMC5.1 storage. So the performance on the hard disk read and write speed is more general. The continuous reading speed is around 295MB/s.

The game can best reflect the performance of the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S. We have selected two popular games, “Honor of Kings” and “PLAYERUNKNOWN”. In the overall game experience, the Snapdragon 710 does guarantee the performance of the game. This is very gratifying.

In the “Honor of Kings” game, whether it is daily running, or alone in the fierce battle, team battle, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S basically stays between 58-60 frames, showing unexpected stability.

In “PLAYERUNKNOWN” the performance of the Nut Pro 2S can also be said to be very stable, with anti-aliasing and the highest frame rate that can be set, and the overall performance is smooth.

Smartisan OS

On the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S, Hammer Technology upgraded the new Smartisan OS system to v6.6.5.4. From the beginning of the Hammer system, there was no flat design style, but a more refined style.

The first-party system application and settings of the Hammer, as well as the cooperative third-party application icons, were relatively designed and optimized. The overall style is more harmonious, and uses the specific ‘strong Hammer style’.

The Smartisan OS system UI also has an easy-to-use style in terms of operational usability. It is divided into several areas according to the functional settings, including wireless connection, cellular network, Bluetooth, GPS; one step, flash capsule, Infinite screens, desktop themes, wallpapers, screen fonts, sound vibrations, multitasking; application management, notification center, game mode, language and keyboard settings; contact, phone and SMS settings; advanced settings such as status bar style, account and sync, local backup, quick change, gesture switching, developer options and more. In short, the Smartisan OS system is very rich in customization functions, and some features have many highlights.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Camera

As for the camera, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S is equipped with a dual-camera, which uses a rear 12MP + 2MP sensors combination. The main camera is a Sony IMX 363 sensor, with 1.4-micron large pixels, a f/1.8 large aperture, and supports dual-core focusing. The front camera uses a 16MP lens with a f/2.2 aperture, which supports background blur and AI real-time beauty.

The main sensor of the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S can be found on multiple Android phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, etc. This means that the Sony IMX363 represents the mainstream of 2018. Thanks to the Snapdragon 710 SoC, the Nut Pro 2S camera also incorporates AI scene detection. For example, after detecting the sky, flowers, and food, the AI mode will be turned on for exclusive landscaping.

The macro proofs capture and restore the water drops on the chair, but after zooming in, the noise that appears is more eye-catching.

Due to the CMOS and good software optimization, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S scores 95 points in DXoMark, surpassing even the iPhone 8, which scores 93 points.

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In the case of strong daylight, the color, white balance and exposure of the photos are well controlled, and the overall look is clean and transparent, especially in terms of color. So we are satisfied with the quality it provides and have to state it has reached the mainstream level.

In the low light photography, the photos of the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S can also reach the mainstream level. The overall picture is clean and simple. However, there are still some shortcomings in the performance of high-rise buildings and night sky in the distance, as well as some sense of smearing.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Battery

Under the hood, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S is equipped with a 3600mAh battery and supports QC 3.0 fast charging. The maximum recharge power is 18W. On the battery side, the Nut Pro 2S is 100mAh larger than the previous generation of Pro 2, which is an improvement. Coupled with the better power control of the Snapdragon 710, the life of the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S is satisfactory.

In terms of charging, 3 minutes and 36 seconds to 6%, 7 minutes and 44 seconds to 12%, 22 minutes and 23 seconds to 30%, 31 minutes and 13 seconds to 50%, 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds to 91% , 1 hour 37 minutes 57 seconds to 100%. The charging speed is still relatively fast.

We tested it by setting the brightness at 50%. During the test, we listened to music for 1 hour, and the remaining power was 99%; watched video for 1 hour and the remaining power was 89%; and played a game for 1 hour, and the remaining power was 76%. So we calculated the battery life of the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S on a single charge is 12 hours.

In terms of charging speed, it takes a total of 180 minutes to fully charge the 3600mAh battery.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Special Features

At the launch of the Nut Pro 2S, Luo Yonghao brought two new functions worthy of special mention, namely bullet SMS and infinite screen (aka unlimited screen). Besides all the goodies coming our way from the Smartisan OS, it incorporates the new ‘TNT’ large-screen operating system for Android phones.

When the infinite screen is turned on, it can display the spatial layout of multiple interfaces on the phone screen. The user only needs to move the handset up and down, left and right, forward and back. You can easily switch tasks, enter applications, take selfies, enter maps, etc. The moving light points and the vibration feedback of the linear motor can help you determine the status.

But there is an experiential problem here, that is, the infinite screen is still full of uncertainty because the mobile operations such as the gyroscope makes the experience on the precise navigation not very good. As a result, the phone’s moving or flipping speed is not well controlled. It causes the user’s own energy to be concentrated when using the infinite screen, which increases the tension.

Bullet SMS is also a new social function that Luo Yonghao strongly praises. Bullet SMS can be regarded as a microcosm of TNT, which is a combination of voice input and the uncertainty of voice commands in the overall operation of TNT. The use of voice in communication applications has been accepted by most people. However, on the basis of WeChat, bullet SMS is the main development point of the voice, and the two can be integrated and sent. There are also functions for sending photos, files, business cards, locations, video calls, and voice calls. However, the problem with bullet SMS is that many of your friends may not use bullet text messages.

The Final Words

The Nut series can be said have saved the Hammer Technology. On the basis of the previous generation, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2S has improved a lot in terms of processor performance, screen, design, linear motor, camera, and functionality. The starting price of 1798 yuan is also very competitive. If you are a regular user, this phone will not disappoint you. If you are a fan of Hammer phones, then the Nut Pro 2S is currently the best mid-range smartphone to buy.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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