Though the Indian market is practically flooded with cheapest Android smartphones (and even feature phones), Ringing Bells, a company that is never been heard of until now, is introducing Freedom 251. A smartphone with Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, 1450mAh battery, 1gig RAM, 8GB Storage ROM and a 960 x 540 resolution 4″ display- for just INR 251/-.
The hardware specs are pretty impressive for a phone that is priced for US$ 3.66. It even has a primary and secondary camera. The 4-inch display will be an IPS monitor, and it will using an unnamed (for now) 1.3GHz quad-core processor. This will be a 3GB enabled phone with dual SIM and MicroSD support of up to 32GB. The phone will be sold exclusively via its own site. The battery and charger have six months warranty and the earphone have three months warranty. One should note that damage due to physical impact and spillage is not covered under warranty.
The book of this phone will start from tomorrow, at 6 AM onwards. The phone will be preloaded with apps like ‘Women Safety’, ‘Swacch Bharat’, ‘Fisherman’, ‘Farmer’ and ‘Medical’. The rest would be the usual- Google Play, Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube, etc. It will carry a 1-year warranty and has more than 650 service centers throughout India.
This isn’t the first time we had something like ‘cheapest electronic device’. Datawind claimed to have made cheapest tablet during the previous Indian government tenure, but it was controversial at best since there was a lot of confusion in the midst of over-pitched promises, multiple media reports and undelivered and functioning product. On the bright side over here, at least, the basic specs are clear and the phone will be available for purchase tomorrow.
What’s unclear if this device is subsidised by the Indian government. What would support is that some of the software are issues and programs that the current government is running throughout the country.
It is, however, a phone can only be purchased online… for now. How will the people who really such a device get their hands on it? Only time will tell. One could give credit that unlike the ‘Worlds cheapest tablet in India’, the information given is clear, and its just a day away from launch. As long as orders are delivered on time and people get what they have paid for, it will naturally be deemed as a success.
— Dawn of Tech (@DawnofTech) February 17, 2016