Most smartphones have 5″ or larger displays these days as it’s just more convenient to read emails, browse the web, or play games, than the smaller displays we had ten years ago.
But some people may still prefer smaller smartphones that are lighter and really fit into any pockets. Those are just pretty hard to find, luckily some companies such as Unihertz are filling the needs for this niche market. Two years ago, the company introduced the Unihertz Atom smartphone with a 2.4″ display, and earlier this year launched Atom XL 4″ smartphone, but the company is now preparing to launch a new crowdfunding campaign for Jelly 2 smartphone powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 processor and equipped with a 3-inch display.
Unihertz Jelly 2 specifications:
- SoC – MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core with four Arm Cortex-A73 up 2.0 GHz and four Arm Cortex-A53 up to 2.0 GHz, Arm Mali-G72 MP3 at 800MHz,
- System Memory – 6GB RAM
- Storage – 128GB UFS 2.1 flash, MicroSD card slot
- Display – 3-inch touchscreen display with 854×480 resolution
- Camera – 16MP rear camera with autofocus and flashlight, 8MP front-facing camera
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, built-in microphone, and speaker
- 4G LTE global cellular connectivity (unlocked) + dual SIM card
- WiFi and Bluetooth
- USB – 1x USB-C OTG port
- Misc – Programmable key, power key, infrared sensor, fingerprint scanner
- Battery – 2,000 mAh
- Dimensions – 95 x 49 x 16.5 mm
The 3-inch smartphone is running the latest Android 10, and the company claims will provide regular updates, including Android 11. Jelly 2 is also quite an improvement over the first generation Jelly Android 7.0 smartphone that was equipped with a 2.45″ 432×240 display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB eMMC flash, as well as a tiny 950 mAh battery.
Unihertz Jelly 2 is scheduled to launch in early July on Kickstarter with a super early price of $129. MrMobile got an early sample for review.
To summarize the review, the phone works surprisingly well, except for the cameras capturing underwhelming photos, and LTE is a bit slow. For most people, it will be awkward to use Android on a small 3-inch screen, as typing is pretty challenging and so is reading text…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.