Smartisan T1 Aims to Take On Apple iPhone in China
Apple's newest competition in China is the Smartisan T1, a smartphone dreamed up by a school teacher and executed by Apple's former head of design.Luo Yonghao, a former English teacher in China who has gained a following of millions for his willingness to push back against big businesses and the status quo (he once famously led a refrigerator-smashing protest against Siemens), today has his sights on Apple. Far from shaking a fist at Apple, Luo has introduced a smartphone that he hopes will outsell the iPhone. On May 20, Luo stood before a crowd of 5,000 at the Beijing National Conference Center, and an untold number of others via a livestream, and introduced the Smartisan T1, an Apple-inspired device that he called the "easiest-to-use smartphone in the Eastern Hemisphere." By most accounts, the T1 looks like a relative of the iPhone and runs a truly improved version of Android. More than its appearance separates it from its piles of Android-running competitors, though. The T1, said to feature a number of thoughtful improvements that, as Forbes reports, "have the potential to become new industry standards." One of these solves the problem of one-handed use by, when a user swipes the screen a certain way, squeezing all the icons on a screen to the bottom of the display, making each of them easily accessible.
The T1 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. According to Luo, it also has the "best screen" and the "fastest mass-produced mobile CPU," The Wall Street Journal reported.