Remember QiKU? A few months ago, the new Chinese company boldly claimed that it wants to take on Xiaomi. If this leak is to be believed, QiKU is planning to do that in a big way with a highly ambitious smartphone.
While QiKU is a new brand, it’s actually a joint venture between two large companies: Qihoo 360, a security company, and Coolpad, the third largest smartphone manufacturer in China. According to this leak, its upcoming smartphone is said to be packing some serious hardware. These include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 128GB of internal storage, and a 20.7MP rear camera with optical zoom.
Needless to say, these are very high-end specifications. To top it off, the upcoming smartphone is said to feature a pressure-sensitive touchscreen, much like Apple’s Force Touch technology found in the Apple Watch (and possibly in upcoming iPhones as well).
If these high-end hardware were to come from a small company, we would be sceptical. But QiKU isn’t just any other company out there; it’s a joint venture between two mature companies. However, it’s worth noting that QiKU has not released any smartphone yet at this point in time.
QiKU is said to be unveiling this smartphone sometime this month. Apparently, this high-end offering will retail above 3,000 Chinese yuan, which comes up to about RM1,880. It will be interesting to see if this is enough to take on a big industry player like Xiaomi.