Smartisan R1 Review: First Smartphone with 1TB memory.

Every day we see companies releasing new smartphones with new and improved features; maybe a better camera, more storage space, and many other specs. The Chinese company Smartisan announced the release of its flagship smartphone R1 on 15th May 2018. Although Smartisan is not a very popular name in the smartphone industry, its R1 is no ordinary device, said to be a record-breaking flagship it comes equipped with amazing specs and the amount of memory no other device in the market has been able to match. It is the very first smartphone which has an internal memory of 1TB. It is very similar in design to the Essential PH-1. Just like the PH-1 the R1 has a bezel-less design but without the notch. The display is pretty much end-to-end with just a small cut-out for the 24-megapixel front-facing camera. The R1 features a futuristic full metal design with a reflective glass finish. The smartphone retails for about $1388 for the 1TB version.

Without further ado lets, let’s see what the R1 has to offer.

Design and Display:

On the Smartisan R1, the bezels have been drastically reduced and has a display size of 6.17 inches with a pressure sensitive panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display is end to end with a small cut out notch for the 24-megapixel selfie-camera. The screen has a 2242 x 1080 pixel resolution with 403 pixels per inch and a contrast of 1500:1 and the DCI-P3 gamut has a 96% coverage. The bottom bezel displays all the navigation keys which we think gives the smartphone a somewhat exquisite and modern feel.

Smartisan R1 Smartphone

The back of the phone has a 3D tampered glass with grade 7 aluminum frame. The Smartisan logo at the back doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This design choice might confuse some people at the beginning because no one would think the sensor is embedded in the logo. The rear dual camera is at the upper left corner of the phone featuring 12 and 20 MP cameras within. Right next to the dual cameras is a LED flash. The cameras and the LED flash are all arranged horizontally on the top left corner. The camera on this device is very good and can compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple cameras. It features a flashlight and autofocus functions. Both the secondary and primary cameras have 1080p video recording ability. Other features include face detection, beauty mode, and panorama mode.

Smartisan R1

Looking at the hardware of the phone, the main design feature that sets this phone apart from other phones is the aluminum strip that runs on all four sides of the phone. On either side of it are buttons. On the right side are the round buttons for controlling volume and right below them is the power button. Unfortunately, the phone does not have the standard 3.5mm headphone jack but instead has an earphone switched cable of USB type-C to 3.5mm. The Smartisan R1 weights about 170 grams and comes in two basic colors, Pure White and Black

Smartisan R1 Camera:

The camera on this device is one of its star features. The 24MP front-facing camera has f/2.0 aperture and AI real-time beauty mode feature. This is the perfect phone to have if you are one of those people who take a lot of selfies with friends. As mentioned before the rear camera is a dual 20 and 12 megapixel with f/1.75 and f/1.8 respectively. Both the cameras come equipped with a Sony sensor. The rear camera has the ability to record 4K videos at 30 fps (frames per second). There are more resolution options in the settings tab and you can change them depending on your requirement. The back camera also has the same features as the front camera.

Smartisan R1 Camera

Hardware and Software:

This device houses the very powerful Snapdragon 845 chip from Qualcomm with octa-core processor and 64-bit CPU architecture. The Octa-core processor clocks a speed of about 2.8 GHz with 10nm process technology.  The phone also comes equipped with the graphics process Adreno 630 which manages everything graphics based.

Talking about RAM, there are two variants here; one option is 6GB RAM and the other option is 8GB RAM. The 6GB variant offers 64GB ROM and 128GB ROM. The 8GB variant offers 128GB and 1TB. This is the only smartphone on the market that offers 1TB of memory. Sadly it does not support external memory which means you cannot insert an SD card to extend the storage of your device. The device runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with Smartisan OS 6.0 skin.  It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G and has slots for 2 nano sim cards.

Smartisan R1 Battery

Among all these other fantastic features, the R1 has fast charging for its battery. The phone has a 3400mAh nonremovable lithium polymer battery. The phone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ and comes with a charger that quickly charges up the phone. The device also supports wireless charging. Due to the fast charging feature, the phone takes less than 1.8 hours to charge from 0% to 100%.

Smartisan R1 Battery

Final Verdict:

Packed to the brim with specs and features the R1 is definitely one of our top picks when it comes to buying a smartphone. 1TB of storage space, the top of the line dual camera which enables you to take bright and vivid pictures, fast charging ability, wireless charging and not to mention the sleek and beautiful design, all this is enough to convince someone to buy this device.

Although the price is a little hefty but if you are not looking to splurge there are less expensive options for this phone but they offer a little less storage space. The cost of R1 with 6GB RAM and 128 GB ROM is $627 (almost 3999 Yuan). The smartphone comes in very luxe packaging. The box contains the R1 smartphone, type-C cable with an adapter, sim needle, 1 USB Type-C 3.5mm earphone switched cable and lastly a user manual.


  • Large screen display.
  • Dual camera.
  • Fast charging.
  • Wireless charging.
  • 1TB of storage space.
  • Fingerprint sensor.
  • Face detection.


  • No headphone jack.
  • The glass back maybe prone to scratches.
  • Only two color options.

Where to buy:

Interested in buying the Smartisan R1? Visit the following links.

Buy Smartisan R1 8GB+128GB on Gearbest

Buy Smartisan R1 6GB+128GB on Gearbest

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  1. Nice review, I recently purchased the above phone ($549 6/64 GB got sent the 128gb instead) and it’s one of the nicest phones I’ve ever had, battery life is 15-17hrs which great on moderate use, rear camera is great, face unlock and FP sensor are blazingly fast, even the Smartisan OS is easy to get the hang of, there was a lot of bloatware and luckily 95% is uninstallable, the one concern I had here in Ireland was network coverage and whether or not it would pick up 4g/lte but I worried in vain as 4g is constant and coverage has not been an issue, i don’t know how we’ll fare with OS updates and whether or not we’ll get Android P, we shall have to wait and see.

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