Xiaomi has launched two new feature phones dubbed as Qin1 and Qin1s in China. The Chinese company has launched the new phones under its crowdfunding platform. The highlight of Xiaomi’s new feature phones is real-time voice translation support.
Both the new Qin1 variants are currently available for funding at CNY 199 (Rs. 2,000 approx.) via Youpin.mi.com. Unlike a traditional feature phone, Xiaomi Qin1 and Qin1s offer advanced features like multilingual voice translation backed by AI and machine learning.
Xiaomi Qin1, Qin1s Specifications
Both the Xiaomi Qin1 and Qin1s have a 2.8-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) IPS display. The feature phones have a T9 keypad and a D-Pad for navigating. They both pack a 1480mAh battery that is said to offer up to 15 days standby or 70hrs of talk time on a single charge.
The Xiaomi Qin1 runs Nucleus OS and is powered by a dual-core MediaTek MT6260A SoC. It packs 8MB RAM and 16MB storage. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, and a USB Type-C port as connectivity options.
The Qin1s, on the other hand, is a 4G variant that runs Android-based MOCOR5. It is powered by a dual-core Spreadtrum SC9820E processor coupled with 256MB RAM and 512MB storage. The Qin1s supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB Type-C.
The USP on the Qin1 and Qin1s is real-time translation feature that supports as many as 17 languages based on machine learning. They also come with a built-in IR blaster that works as a universal remote for controlling TVs, ACs, set-top boxes, and other devices.
The Xiaomi Qin1 and Qin1s are priced at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 1,990). They are currently available for pre-orders on Youpin in China and their shipments will begin from September 15. The feature phones come in Black and White color options.
The feature phone launch form Xiaomi is interesting at a time when 4G feature phones are becoming popular in markets like India. Notably, JioPhone is one of the most popular feature phone in India and it has a considerable market capture. However, it’s not yet known whether Xiaomi will launch these feature phones in India.