Xiaomi recently launched its first 4G LTE feature phone called the Qin AI 4G VoLTE Feature Phone. The Chinese electronics giant was predominantly making Android smartphones with MIUI custom skin. However, with Xiaomi too, showing interest, the feature phone segment can now be considered an actively competitive market.
Few smartphone makers, electronics, and even telecom giants are revisiting the feature phone segment. Reliance Jio managed to pull attention to this segment with the introduction of the JioPhone 1, and then the JioPhone 2 caught the attention of several buyers who were looking for a second device that offered reliable 4G connectivity along with a few smartphone features as well. With Xiaomi introducing Qin AI 4G VoLTE Feature Phone, we can take a detailed look at these three devices.
JioPhone vs JioPhone 2 vs Xiaomi Qin AI: Price in India
A new JioPhone 2 retails at Rs. 2,999. Meanwhile the first generation JioPhone still carries a sticker price of Rs. 1,500. Jio has kept the effective price of both these devices quite low with attractive offers. Not to mention, the significantly high amount of “data” that both these devices can pull is one of the highlights of these feature phones.
Xiaomi will be selling the Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone exclusively in China on its crowd-funding platform. It is priced at CNY 199 in the country. This translates to Rs. 2,000 approximately. Given the attractive price, Xiaomi could challenge Jio’s virtual monopoly over the ultra-affordable 4G feature phone market if it launches in India.
JioPhone vs JioPhone 2 vs Xiaomi Qin AI: Performance, Hardware Specifications
Despite being the next generation, the JioPhone 2 has remarkable similarities with the JioPhone1. Except for the full QWERTY keyboard, and a 4-way navigation pad, there’s absolutely no difference between the old JioPhone and the JioPhone 2. Both the devices feature a 2.4-inch sized display with QVGA resolution of 240×320. They are powered by an insignificant processor that’s paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable via micro-SD card. Also, both the JioPhones have 1,500mAh battery.
The Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone sports a 2.8 inch TFT display with the same display resolution as the JioPhone 1 and JioPhone 2. A quad-core ARM Cortex processor clocked at 1.3GHz powers the device. The SoC is clubbed with 256MB RAM and 512MB of onboard storage, which is expandable via micro-SD card. The Xiaomi 4G feature packs 1,480mAH battery which is remarkably similar to the JioPhone. Unlike the JioPhone 2, this device comes with a candy bar design and a T4 keypad just like the JioPhone 1.
JioPhone vs JioPhone 2 vs Xiaomi Qin AI: Features
Interestingly, Reliance Jio even used the same type of camera module in the new device. Both the feature phones run KaiOS. Although belonging to the feature phone category, these devices can access WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube. The Jio feature phones pack a 2MP image snapper at the back. On the front, the devices have a VGA camera. Although the resolution is not great, it still beats the Xiaomi 4G feature phone which doesn’t have any camera modules. However, the company may embed camera sensors for an international version of the Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone.
The Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone runs on a customized version of Android, which Xiaomi fondly calls as the Mocor 5 OS. The Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone comes with real-time translation support to 17 languages. It can also reply to questions and tell bedtime stories. Although the Chinese variant doesn’t have Google Play Store, users can still download all the apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and even the Google Play Store app from any third party source.
Another important feature of the all-new Mi Qin AI phone is the presence of a hybrid SIM slot, out which one comes with support for 4G VoLTE. This is pretty rare for a feature phone of its stature. The rest of the features of the handset include the presence of a 3.5 mm headphone jack, AC3 1511 speakers, Wi-Fi 802.11, and Bluetooth.
JioPhone vs JioPhone 2 vs Xiaomi Qin AI: Verdict
Both the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 have a few existing competitors in India. Some of the notable feature phones that compete with the JioPhone are Nokia 1, Nokia 8110, Airtel Karbonn A40, etc. However, with a 27 percent market share, the JioPhone rules the 4G feature phone market.
The Xiaomi Qin AI 4G VoLTE feature phone is yet to officially launch in India. But the translated price appears quite attractive. The device could sell well if it can get some 4G bundled offers from Reliance Jio competitors.