Earlier, the Chinese smartphones used to very affordable but that low price tag came with certain compromises like cheap build quality and basic specifications, but things have been changing in the last few years. As far as the hardware is considered, the Chinese brands are offering better specifications than the smartphones from well-known brands. There are few companies like OnePlus and Xiaomi which are also offering better software optimization and more customizations to the end user. After launching the world’s first 4GB RAM smartphone in 2015, Asus launched 8GB RAM smartphone, Zenfone AR at the recently concluded CES 2017. In between, we have also seen 6GB RAM smartphones which are popular in China.
Samsung had already launched the Galaxy C9 Pro in India and China with 6GB RAM. At the upcoming MWC 2017 event, we might be seeing LG launching the LG G6 smartphone with 6GB RAM. All these are the high-end smartphones with premium price tags. Even the Chinese companies like OnePlus and LeEco launched the 6GB RAM smartphones which are also priced on a higher side. Today, Qihoo 360 launched its latest smartphone called 360 N5. It is the successor to the 360 N4 and the 360 N4s smartphones. The 360 N5 is now the most affordable smartphone to feature 6GB of RAM. It is priced at 1399 Yuan (approx $200 / Rs. 14,000) for the 32GB storage variant and 1599 Yuan (approx $230 / Rs. 16,000) for the 64GB storage variant.
On the front of the 360 N5 is a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with a 2.5D laid on top. Under the hood is the 64-bit Snapdragon 653 (MSM8976 Pro) octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. There is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion up to another 128GB. Coming to the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, and PDAF. The 8MP front camera comes with FotoNation 4.0 technology. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based in-house 360 OS 2.0. With all these powerful specs, the device is backed by a 4,000mAh non-removable battery and also support Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology.
The company also mentioned the battery on this device can be fully charged from 0% to 100% in less than 90 minutes. It measures 152 x 76 x 8.25 mm and weighs almost 156 grams. Connectivity options on this dual SIM device include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm Audio port, and MicroUSB port. The 360 N5 smartphones come in Gold and Black color options. It is now available to pre-order, and the sales start from February 27th. While the QiKU smartphones are launched in few Asian countries, after rebranding to 360, the company has limited its devices only to China. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more updates!