Phablet with Good Camera Quality under 20K: Qiku Q Terra
You may be thinking what a strange name for the best phablet under 20k/$300. That was my reaction some days back when I first saw the Phablet briefly at an event by Qiku.
You can buy the phablet in India from gadgets 360 (NDTV Gadgets). Before we go into details what it has to offer to people looking for a large display device, let’s get a little background to the Brand Qiku.
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Qiku was formed from the amalgam of Coolpad and Qihoo 360. Coolpad is now a well-known brand and is an original smartphone maker based out of China. Coolpad not only makes smartphones for itself but also manufacture them for many other brands.
Qihoo 360 is a security software conglomerate based out of China which has specialization in software. Both the companies came together in 2015 to form QiKU Network Technologies (Shenzhen) Co.
Qiku Q Terra was born by taking the best hardware from Coolpad and Android customized 360 OS from the Qihoo, to get best of both worlds.
Quiko Q Terra is following the secret success recipe to win in India like Xiaomi and other Chinese vendors. Get strong online presence, offer great hardware at the lowest price. Qiku adds better build quality and software optimizations to the secret sauce.
Display and Design
The Qiku Phablet has a 6.0-inch display with Full HD Resolution (1920*1080) with 386 PPI. The screen is large but has one of the lowest body to screen ratio; the smartphone has thin and sturdy Bezels (thinnest bezel in the world – 1.65 mm) to withstand a fall.
The Phablet measures 15.7 cm in length and has a 6.0-inch display, while the iPhone 6s Plus with a 5.5-inch screen has a length 15.8 cm, thanks to the build it does not feel bigger in my hand compared to the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6s Plus. The smartphone comes with Magnesium and Aluminium Uni-body design. It looks much more premium compared to the Yu Yutopia.
It is not as thin as the iPhone 6s Plus which has 7.3 mm thickness while the Qiko Q Terra has 8.6 mm thickness.
The 6.0-inch large display screen is also protected by the Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to avoid scratches and marks.
Processor and Performance
The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 much like the LG G4 and LG Google Nexus 5X.
Another interesting under the hood feature is the liquid cooling technology similar to the one Microsoft has used in the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Qiku Q Terra scores an impressive 67,000 in the Antutu benchmark which is close to the top of the line phones like Samsung S6 Edge( 77,000).
The smartphone has 3 GB ram which is more than enough to handle all tasks.
Storage and OS
The Qiko Q Terra comes with 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
The Phablet runs on the Android Lollipop OS, yet no word is out about the Android Marshmallow update for the Phablet. The 360 OS bring some unique good qualities like the App Freeze – you can freeze the rarely used to make sure that those Apps don’t use data or power in the background without a need to uninstalling them.
It is relatively easy to control the App permissions, and what you want your Apps to have access to. Overall the OS is a bloat-free fairly evolved software.
The biggest Plus point for the Qiku Phablet World’s first Duoscopic Camera setup with one colored and one black and white monochrome camera. It is more than a marketing gimmick and offers good daylight and low light imaging using two 13 MP camera’s at the back for taking the picture. ( SONY IMX 278 color sensor and the other a SONY IMX 214 black and white sensor).
The camera is good but not as refined or fast as the iPhone or the Nexus 6P, occasional shots can be out of focus and not as clear as you would love but for the most shots, it performs well.
The front camera is an also 8 Megapixel shooter and offers good quality in daylight conditions as well as low light.
Fingerprint Scanner and Battery Life
The other high light for Qiku Q Terra is the fast fingerprint scanner at the back of the device. Due to the size of the phablet, it becomes a little difficult to reach the fingerprint scanner otherwise the performance is at par with OnePlus 2.
Qiku Q Terra comes with incredible battery life with a massive 3700 mAH capacity battery which can easily last all day with moderate to heavy usage.
The Phablet is not perfect; it has its minor flaws like a missing NFC support, it is large no denying the fact about that. The curved backside feels a little wobbly when lying on a flat surface. But non of this makes it a deal breaker for me. To say the least – Qiku Q Terra offers much more than it’s price of Rs. 19,999.
However, the only thing is to look out for a nearby service center, close to your city before you buy the device for safe long-term use.
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