Xiaomi Feature Phones Qin 1 & Qin 1s launched

xiaomi Qin 1 & Qin 1s
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When the world is swooning over bezel-less screens and large displays, Xiaomi has other ideas. The Chinese smartphone manufacturing giant has very recently launched two new feature phones – Xiaomi Qin 1 and Xiaomi Qin 1s. Now, who knows what they’re thinking, but these phones do come with some AI capabilities too.

Xiaomi Qin 1 & Qin 1s Specs Overview 

The Qin feature phones (pronounced “shin”) remind you of the days of keypad phones, like the ones of Nokia, that were extremely popular. They feature a 2.8″ screen with 320 x 240 resolution and a clean retro body design. You also get a 1480 mAh battery, which is quite large for such a phone. Xiaomi claims it can last you up to 15 days, which maybe true, considering you won’t use it for much as these don’t have a headphone jack, nor any cameras. And if you do ask why should you buy one of these? Well, these phones pack serious AI features. For starters, real-time voice translations up to 17 international languages (according to some sources); and they, apparently, can “talk” to its users. Also, you have WiFi, dual-SIM, and infrared zappers as well.


Out of the two models, the Qin 1s is the more powerful one. It features a Spreadtrum SC9820 chip with two 1.2 GHz Cortex A-53 processors and 256 MB RAM. You also get a 512 MB storage on it. Running on “MOCOR5” OS, it also let’s you access 4G networks and GPS features.

Its lesser sibling, the Qin 1 runs on a MediaTek MT6260A chip with ARM7 processor. And it only has a mere 8 MB RAM with 16 MB storage. Also, this model can only support 2G networks, and runs on “Nucleus” OS. Compared to its elder sibling, it doesn’t sound like much, does it?

Also Read: Xiaomi Mobiles Price in Nepal 

Xiaomi Qin 1 & Qin 1s Availability & Pricing

Both these phones were launched in China, and their availability in other markets are unknown. The Q1 will cost 199 Chinese Yuan or about $30, while the Q1s will be 299 Chinese Yuan, or about $45. Both of these will be available from September 15th. If they were to be launched in Nepal, would you buy them? They could serve as good “backup” phones. Plus, with real-time translations, we probably wouldn’t need to learn any other languages, maybe?