As we all are fully aware, to have a successful business in India one needs to stop thinking about profits! That’s exactly why companies like Reliance Jio and Xiaomi have become so successful in India. They have been providing true value-for-money! Now, Jio has launched the second iteration of the Jio Phone – the Jio Phone 2 (priced at Rs. 2,999) in the bid to fully capture the grassroots of the Indian market. But Xiaomi, the Chinese company that seems to produce everything, is now tapping on its heels with launch of the Xiaomi Qin AI (priced at around Rs. 1,999).
Although both these phones are made up of plastic, it is the Xiaomi Qin AI that looks better. It has a modern, minimalist design whereas Jio Phone 2’s QWERTY keyboard layout gives it a bulky feeling. The display looks better on the Xiaomi Qin AI and it also has USB C. It is just more modern and fits nice and comfortably in the hand.
In the performance field, Xiaomi’s Qin AI seems to be winning. It is powered by 1.3GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A53 (Spreadtrum SC97820SE) processor paired with the Mali T82 GPU. It also has 256 MB RAM. Jio, however, is secretive about the processor used. All we know is that it has a 1.1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM.
The Jio Phone 2 does have double the RAM of Xiaomi Qin AI but lacks in processing power. More RAM should mean better multitasking capabilities, but considering it is a feature phone, you won’t be able to do any multitasking of that sort. The better processor present in the Qin AI makes it more fast as well was more efficient.
Xiaomi Qin AI has a bigger 2.8″ display whereas Jio Phone 2 has a 2.4″ panel. Both of these are QVGA screens (320 x 240p) but the difference lies in the panel type. Jio Phone 2 has an older TFT screen whereas the Qin AI has an LED IPS display. LED is quite better than TFT at colour reproduction and contrast. So, Xiaomi leads in this field too.
This field is depends a lot on your preferences but I’ll do my best to provide a clear comparison. The Jio Phone is running on a Linux-based operating system developed by Kai OS Technologies called KaiOS. It is lightweight and works smoothly on the phone without any issues. The app support is more limited than Android, but the rapid popularity gained by it (thanks to the original Jio Phone) has prompted big companied like YouTube and WhatsApp to develop apps that’ll run on KaiOS. Moreover, you get Jio’s premium apps like Jio Music, JioTV, etc.
As for the Xiaomi Qin AI, it is running on Mocor OS 5.0. It’s a custom-made lightweight version of Android itself! Yes, Android on a feature phone! The main benefit of this is the vast array of apps available and the stability.
The Jio Phone faces no competition here as the Xiaomi Qin AI lacks a camera altogether. Jio Phone 2 has a 2 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera. Xiaomi’s decision is still a good choice though – cutting down on ‘unnecessary’ costs. I mean. are you really going to use a camera of a feature phone? But okay it’s nice to have a 2 MP camera with you.
In this field the Jio Phone 2 leads with a 2000 mAh battery. The Qin AI has a 1480 mAh battery. Considering that these are feature phones we’re talking about, the batteries on both the phones will be enough.
The Jio Phone 2 provides 4 GB of onboard storage that is further expandable by a microSD card. The Xiaomi Qin AI has just 512 MB of onboard storage. Although it can be expanded via a microSD card, it is massively behind the Jio Phone 2. And you should probably get a microSD card if you’re buying the Qin AI as Android apps will need more space. I would suggest getting this one from SanDisk as a good speedy SD card also helps in your device running smoothly.
The eye-catching feature of both these phones are that they support 4G LTE. However, if you buy Jio Phone 2 you are stuck with using only Jio’s network. That is, other carriers are not supported with this. So if you use Vodaphone or Airtel, you won’t be able to use that with Jio Phone 2. That isn’t the case with Xiaomi Qin AI. The Qin AI also has USB C for charging and data transfer, something that was not available in any feature phone until now.
Both these smartphones have the basic connectivity features like Wi-Fi and GPS, but the Jio Phone has an additional support for NFC.
In this section we are going to talk about some unique selling points of both the phones.
As for the Jio Phone, you have the Jio Assistant and access to all the premium Jio apps. Jio also provides you with a data which you can connect to your television and watch videos on a big display.
Xiaomi Qin AI runs on a lightweight version of Android and that is probably its biggest selling point! It has a USB C port and a big feature is support for live translation!
Jio Phone 2 or Xiaomi Qin A1?
If you can’t do without Jio’s apps, then the Jio Phone 2 is for you. If not, I can’t see a better phone at that price than Xiaomi Qin AI. The modern design and Android make it the go to phone for that price!
Let me know which phone you think is better in the comments below!