China-Based Qihoo 360 To Release a Smartphone With Retina Display

A Chinese software company named Qihoo 360 is claiming to be preparing a smartphone called the Qihoo AK 47 that sports a Retina Display. This announcement came shortly after Apple disclosed that its new MacBook Pro laptop will be equipped with the same high resolution screen.

Named after an assault rifle, the Qihoo AK 47 smartphone is one of the company’s attempts to enter the smartphone market with Qihoo-branded devices. The company had been previously known for its antivirus software and web browser. Recently, however, it joined forces with Huawei and is preparing to offer the Huawei Shine device this coming July and August.

The company had already released an image of their upcoming product, which is packed with a 4.5-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 326ppi. Like in Apple devices, this display could become one of the main selling points of the Qihoo AK 47 smartphone. At present, the same display is found on the iPad, the iPhone, and the forthcoming MacBook Pro.

Meanwhile, the device will have for a CPU the dual-core TI OMAP 4460, which is also to be found on the Google Nexus. This SoC has a clock speed of 1.2 GHz and is based on ARM Cortex A9. Furthermore, this will have an IVA 3 hardware accelerator that will facilitate the playback of HD video.

The smartphone moreover comes with a GBof RAM as well as 4 GB of internal storage. A front-facing camera with a 2 MP sensor, and a rear-facing one with a 5 MP sensor are likewise in the mix.

This smartphone will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its OS. Furthermore, it is powered by an 1800 mAh battery that could run for 5 to 7 hours. Also, the device will be slim at only 9.55 mm thick and will have a retail price of $274 or 1,699 RMB.

Devices like these could potentially threaten Apple’s sales since they offer pretty good specifications but don’t carry sky-high prices. In the end, they might even force Apple to sell their items at a lower price in order to remain in the competition. Granted, Qihoo 360 doesn’t have Apple’s popularity so it may not make a significant dent in its sales. However, it still might convince some people to choose its products over the American electronics giant’s.

via micgadget