After living in Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi’s shadows for the past few years and focusing solely on budget-conscious mid-range smartphones, JiaYu seems keen on making it in the big leagues by the end of 2013, courtesy of the S1, the company’s first true high-end gadget.
The S1 doesn’t have a clear ETA just yet or a reliable price point, but its looks have been revealed just last week and a few hours ago we’ve gained some insight into its specs. As you can imagine, nothing is set in stone at the moment, though the source of this latest leak is fairly trustworthy.
If we are to take everything that’s been revealed for granted therefore, the S1 is to be a 5-incher with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pix res) panel, 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage.
There’s no word yet on the possibility of expanding that internal memory, but my two cents is there will be microSD support. A 13 MP rear snapper with F/2.2 aperture is nearly confirmed too, as is a 3 MP front-facing cam.
In terms of design, the bezels are to be extremely slim, while the overall thickness of the device shouldn’t go over the 9 mm mark. The 125 grams weight sounds winning as well, though it does make me fear for a meager battery.
I have no worries in the audio department however, since there will be a built-in Yamaha chip, and other trinkets should include the usual in terms of connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS – plus OTG support, magnetic compass and Gorilla Glass 2 screen protection.
Finally, the JiaYu S1 is likely to run Android Jelly Bean upon launch, but the exact version is unknown. 4.2 is the most likely possibility, mostly because there are slim chances the phone will see daylight before September.
All things considered, can the S1 put JiaYu on the map? Well, you tell me.