In March this year, Qihoo 360 rebranded its smartphone brand QiKU to 360. The 360 F4 is the first smartphone to be launched under the new brand name. Now, the company has launched the upgraded variant called as 360 F4s, this same device got the TENAA certification in the month of September. Earlier to this, the company also launched the 360 N4 and its upgraded variant 360 N4S in China. One major upgrade when compared to the 360 F4, is that the new F4S comes with an all metal body instead of polycarbonate hell. This year, we have seen most manufacturers are preferring Metal even for the entry-level devices.
Apart from the change in material, the design looks same as earlier with the curved edges. Talking about the specifications, the 360 F4S sports a larger 5.5-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, while the F4 is limited to just 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display. Under the hood is the year’s old MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. 360 F4S also offers MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage upto 128GB. The device runs on the latest 360 OS 2.0 based Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
It sports a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and dual tone LED flash, and on the front is a 5MP selfie camera. The 360 F4S is backed by a larger 3,900mAh non-removable battery compared to the 2,500mAh battery on 360 F4. It supports dual SIM dual standby and compatible with both FDD and TD LTE bands. Connectivity options on the F4S include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and MicroUSB 2.0 port. Just below the rear camera is the circular fingerprint sensor which is said to unlock the device in 0.2 seconds. With the 360 2.0 OS, any particular app can be protected with the fingerprint sensor.
With the modest upgrades, the 3GB RAM variant of the 360 F4S is priced at 1199 Yuan while the 360 F4 with 2GB RAM is currently retailing at just 499 Yuan in China. While the QiKU phones are sold in few markets outside of China, after rebranding to 360, the company has made them exclusive to the Chinese market. A couple of months back, the company had officially launched the 360 N4S with the similar design as 360 N4. The device comes with the same 5.5-inch Full HD display as seen on the F4S. It is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU.
It packs 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of expandable storage. There is a 16MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash and an 8MP front camera. Both the cameras are assisted by LED flash. It is kept powered on by a 5,000mAh battery that can give a single day of heavy usage. The device comes with dual SIM support and offers all the basic connectivity features. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!