Who says feature phone will die? In what may shock many, Xiaomi has just announced a feature phone series called Qin. It is a crowdfunded device, designed by Xiaomi, and comes with some AI capabilities and 4G radio. The project was supported by over 23,000 people already. As at the time of reporting, pre-orders has reached a total of CNY6,5 million.


The Qin series – Qin 1 and Qin 1s – (sounds like “chin” in English) shares the name of the famous Chinese dynasty. The first two phones has almost the same looks – 2.8” screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, stuck with the keypad in a 132 x 53.8 x 8.5 mm body. There is a dual slot for micro SIM.

Key Specs For Qin 1

The Qin 1 is the more modest phone:

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6260A
  • CPU: ARM7
  • RAM: 8 MB
  • Storage: 16 MB
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, USB-C charger
  • Speaker: Yes
  • OS: Nucleus
  • Battery Capacity: 1,480 mAh, can last for 15 days.

Key Specs For Qin 1

  • Chipset: Spreadtrum SC9820
  • CPU: Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Storage: 512 MB.
  • Connectivity: VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, a USB-C charger
  • Speaker: Yes

Pricing & Availability

The phones available in either Black or White, costs CNY199, which is about $30/€25, and shipping will begin on September 15.

If the specs above look like something is missing, it is cameras. The Qin phones have no cameras on the back or the front. There’s also no audio jack, so say goodbye to listening to music while commuting.


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