The worlds cheapest smartphone launched today in India and it costs less than most supermarket meal deals.
According to Mashable the phone’s called ‘The Freedom 251’, and is being manufactured by a little known telecommunication company called Ringing Bells. Best of all the device is super cheap, costing under $4 (£2.79).
It’s believed that the feature-rich and affordable phone could play a major role in getting India connected, where smartphone usage and internet connectivity still remain a work in progress.
The Freedom 251 has a 4-inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 1,450 mAh battery. It comes with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The phone also has 8GB of internal storage, which can be increased by another 32GB using a microSD card.
Surprisingly, the Freedom 251 will run on Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes with several pre-installed apps. Besides Facebook, YouTube, Google Play and WhatsApp, it also has apps that will be useful to farmers, fishermen and women.
Ringing Bells claims the phone has been developed with the support of the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, which encourages local manufacturing – although it remains to be seen how the phone manages to be so cheap, and whether the device has been subsidised by the government.
The phone comes with a one-year warranty and can be serviced at over 650 centres across the country.
Sounds like everyone in India will be glued to their phones soon enough… welcome to the party.
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