QiKU, a joint venture between Chinese Internet company Qihoo 360 and handset maker Coolpad, has launched its first smartphone in India, the QiKU Q Terra. The smartphone will be available exclusively via Gadgets 360. The smartphone has a price tag of Rs. 19,999 if bought with an invite, and Rs. 21,999 if bought without an invite. Invites will be available starting December 5.
With the Q Terra, QiKU is the latest Chinese company to enter the Indian market. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad debuted in India in May this year with the launch of the entry-level Dazen 1, and the high-end Dazen X7, in another joint venture with Qihoo 360.
The QiKU Q Terra offers high-end specifications with a fingerprint sensor. It sports a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920) Sharp IPS display with a pixel density of 386ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm’s hexa-core Snapdragon MSM8992 808 SoC clocked at 2GHz with Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with support for additional storage up to 128GB via microSD card.
On the photography front, the QiKU Terra sports dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, and features like ‘Fast Focus’ (as low as 0.1 seconds), geo-tagging, and support for 4K video recording. One 13-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX278) captures a normal colour image, while the second (Sony IMX214 Mono) captures a black and white image. When combined, QiKU says the resultant image has better colour accuracy.
There’s an 8-megapixel front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture also on board, capable of shooting videos in full-HD resolution. The dual-SIM capable handset (Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM) supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and other standard connectivity features. It bears a 3700mAh battery with support for faster charging.
The handset runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based Qihoo 360 OS with additional security features. The company adds QiKU Q Terra users will be able to uninstall any stock app other than Dialer and Messages.
Disclosure: Gadgets 360 is the exclusive retail partner for QiKU Q Terra.