QiKU is a Chinese smartphone brand formed as a joint venture between software maker Qihoo 360 and mobile manufacturer Coolpad. In August 2015, QiKU has debuted the China market by launching three Android smartphones. There was a spat between both the partners when LeECO (formerly LeTV) purchased major stock in Coolpad. As of now the JV is still continuing after Qihoo 360 purchasing 25.5% stake from Coolpad by increasing its share from 49.5% from 75%.
Now in 2016 the company has teased the launch of a new smartphone called F4, interestingly the company has nowhere mentioned about the QiKU in the teaser. Earlier we had reported about the official launch of the new device on March 21. At the event, we also expect the brand to be renamed as 360 and the device to be called 360 F4.
Talking about the device, it comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with almost bezel-less display Under the hood is the Helio X20 deca-core processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There will be a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. As rumored earlier, there are no dual cameras on this device.
It is backed by a 2,500mAh battery and supports dual SIM dual standby. The device comes with a metal frame around the device with a fingerprint sensor placed on the back. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with 360 OS laid on top and offers 4G LTE connectivity. There are few rumors suggesting the device to be priced at 999 Yuan which makes competitive against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 1S.
The device measures 142 × 70.1 × 9.4 mm and weighs 130 grams. At this price range, we don’t expect the device to include Helio X20 processor. Few leaks also suggest one variant of the 360 F4 is said to pack a 720p Display, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. While nothing is officially confirmed, take this with a pinch of salt until there the device is launched.