Smartisan Nut Pro 2: 6″ Display and 3D Face Scanning

Written by Tyler Rondman

Smartisan Nut Pro 2: 6″ Display and 3D Face Scanning

The Chinese company Smartisan, which recently not much spoiled us with novelties, presented a very interesting smartphone Nut Pro 2. The device has a large 5.99-inch screen with thin frames, elegant metal case, and very nice design.

Perhaps the most important feature of the device is the 3D-scanning function of the face based on the development of another Chinese company Face ++. Allegedly for accuracy and safety, she does not step the Face ID from Apple. There is also a classic fingerprint scanner under the logo on the back cover.

Excellent biometric capabilities: three-dimensional face scanner and fingerprint module simultaneously

In terms of “iron” Smartisan Nut Pro 2 should be attributed more to the average price range, however, unlike other inexpensive “Chinese”, it can boast a really powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4/6 Gb fast RAM LPDDR4x and UFS drive up to 256 Gb.

Eight custom Kryo 260 cores with clock speed up to 2.2 GHz and graphics accelerator Adreno 512 provide excellent performance. In the popular benchmark GeekBench, the result of Nut Pro 2 is 1598 “parrots” in a single-core test and 5775 in a multi-core test.

Usually, the appearance of smartphones from China is difficult to call original, but the new Smartisan looks much better than many “brand” flagships. The screen design resembles the recently released Google Pixel 2 XL, but the design of the second “nut” is clearly better.

The aspect ratio of the display is 8 to 19 (or 1 to 2), and the resolution is 1080 × 2160 pixels (FullHD +). Thanks to the In-Cell technology, it turned out to be as thin as possible. Outside, the matrix protects the impact-resistant Gorilla Glass of the third generation from Corning.

Another nice feature of Smartisan Nut Pro 2 is the dual main camera based on the tandem of Sony IMX386 modules (12 Mp, aperture f / 1.8, phase autofocus) and Samsung S5K4E8 (5 Mp, aperture f / 2.0). The task of the second sensor is to measure the depth of space for emulating the “bokeh” effect.

Flash – double two-tone. It is interesting that the manufacturer even took care of its design. The front camera is almost inferior to the main camera, has a resolution of 16 Mp, aperture f / 2.2 and also imitation “bokeh”, although more simple. The module is located centrally from the top of the screen.

On the lower edge – the grille of the main speaker and USB Type-C connector. A 3.5 mm jack for headphones and headset, alas, is missing (but there is an adapter in the kit). Elegant volume and power buttons are placed on the right, to the left – a SIM card tray and a special customizable key.

The battery capacity is 3500 mAh, there is support for 18-watt charging Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0. The manufacturer guarantees high levels of autonomy, but official data for it are only given in Chinese.

Nut Pro 2 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the proprietary shell Smartisan OS 4.1, a set of basic applications Idea Pills 1.0, Big Bang 2.2, One Step 1.6, etc.

The only, perhaps, serious drawback of Smartisan Nut Pro 2 is the fact that in the near future the smartphone will be sold only in the Celestial and the global version of the manufacturer’s website is completely absent at the moment. However, in the future the situation should change for the better.

Modifications of Nut Pro 2 and their price

  • 4 Gb RAM + 32 Gb Flash – 1799 yuan (~ $ 270)
  • 4 Gb RAM + 64 Gb Flash – 1990 yuan (~ $ 300)
  • 6 Gb RAM + 64 Gb Flash – 2299 yuan (~ $ 345)
  • 6 Gb RAM + 128 Gb Flash – 2699 yuan (~ $ 405)
  • 6 Gb RAM + 256 Gb Flash – 3299 yuan (~ $ 495)

Conversion to US dollars is made at the rate for November 9, 2017 with rounding. This price is based on data from the official website of the manufacturer.

Technical specifications Smartisan Nut Pro 2

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (SDM660)
CPU 8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU @ 2.2 GHz
Graphic arts Adreno 512 GPU
RAM 4/6 Gb LPDDR4 @ 1866 MHz
Flash 32/64/128/256 Gb UFS depending on the modification
MicroSD No
Screen Diagonal: 5.99 in.
Type: In-Cell IPS
Aspect Ratio: 9 to 18
Resolution: 1080 × 2160 pixels Pixel
Density: ~ 403 ppi
Contrast Ratio : 1500: 1
Color Space Coverage: 80% NTSC
Brightness: 500cd /?
Protective glass: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Main camera Type: dual
Main module: 12 Mp, Sony IMX386, pixel size 1.25? M, aperture? /1.8, phase autofocus
Optional module: 5 Mp, Samsung S5K4E8, pixel size 1.4? M, aperture? /2.0
Flash: dual dual-tone LED
Recording video: 4K @ 30 fps
Front-camera Type: single
Resolution: 16 Mp
Aperture:? /2.2
Video recording: FullHD @ 30 fps
Connectivity 2G GSM + CDMA, 3G UMTS + TD-SCDMA + CDMA 2000, 4G FDD-LTE + TD-LTE
Standards and frequencies GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
CDMA 1x: BC0 / BC1
UMTS: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8
TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39
CDMA 2000: BC0 / BC1
FDD-LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8
TD-LTE: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
4G LTE version Category 12/13 (download up to 600 Mbps, transmission up to 150 Mbps)
Dual-SIM Yes
SIM card type nano-sim
Navigation GPS + A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
Bluetooth v5.0
WiFi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wave 2, 2.4 + 5.0 GHz, up to 867 Mbps
USB USB Type-C, USB 3.1, OTG
3.5 mm audio No
Biometrics 3D Face Face scanner and fingerprint scanner (on the back side, response time 0.17 s)
Sensors Light level, compass, gravity, gyroscope, Hall sensor, distance sensor
Battery 3500
Quick charge Quick Charge 3.0 (18W)
Dimensions 154.36 x 73.36 x 7.40 mm
Weight 156 grams
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat + Smartisan OS 4.1 skin
Colors Black, dark red, white


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Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.