Reliance Jio, with the launch of JioPhone, proved that you don’t need a smartphone to have smart features. Now, Xiaomi has gone a step further and put Android OS in a feature phone, along with a host of other goodies. The company has launched Qin AI feature phone via its crowdfunding platform in China, which comes with interesting set of features.
Xiaomi Qin AI is a 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone with a 2.8-inch QVGA color display (320x240pixels) and T9 keypad. Running on forked Android OS called Mocor 5, the key highlight of the phone is that it comes with AI voice features for real-time voice translation in 17 different languages. The AI can also answer questions and tell poetry to children.
The feature phone does not come with front or rear cameras, but it does feature an infrared sensor to let you control your home appliances such as TV, AC, and more. At the heart of the feature phone runs a SC9820E ARM Cortex A53 SoC with dual-core processor, clock speed of 1.3GHz, and ARM Mali T82GPU. It comes with 256MB of RAM and 512MB internal storage. A microSD card slot for further expansion is also present. The Qin AI also comes with a hybrid dual SIM card slot, and 3.5mm audio socket.
There is also a 2G version powered by a MediaTek MT6260A SoC with ARM Cortex A7 cores, 8MB of RAM and 16MB internal storage, FoneArena reports. The feature phone comes with a 1,480mAh battery, which Xiaomi promises to offer a talk time of 15 hours, and 420 hours of standby. It also includes a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. It is powered by Nucleus OS.
Watch: Xiaomi Qin AI feature phone introduction video
The Xiaomi Qin AI will be offered in Black and White color options and customers can pre-order it from Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform. It is available for 199 RMB, which is approximately Rs 2,000, and the phone will start shipping from September 15. There is no word on whether or not Xiaomi plans to launch it in other markets.