Freedom 251 by Ringing Bells Company is cheaper than the 4G smartphone they released earlier Smart 101 at Rs. 2,999 earlier. It complies with government's Make in India program and is priced at just Rs. 251 (approximately $4), making it arguably the cheapest smartphone in the world.
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- 4-inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD IPS display
- 1.3GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Dual SIM
- 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash
- 0.3MP front-facing camera
- 3G,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, GPS
- 1450mAh battery
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar launched the smartphone ‘Freedom 251’ on February 17. The launch event was attended by government officials like the Member of Parliament, Murali Manohar Joshi.The event and launch held - stand as a true testimony of success of the latest initiatives taken by the Government of India.
According to the phone’s official website, the company aims to “Empower citizens, even in the remotest rural and semi-urban centres of India, with the latest in digital technology at incredible affordable prices and cascade knowledge, news and current issues so that all experience the confidence of inclusive growth and equal opportunity.”
Last year, DataWind had announced that it is teaming up with Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications (RCOM) to launch the world’s most affordable smartphone, priced at Rs 999. The phone is yet to hit the market though.
Freedom 251’s design looks like it's been borrowed from the iPhone 6s, with similar rounded edges, a round button and the silver ring around it. What's more, the UI of the Freedom 251 has been customised to look a lot like an iPhone. In fact, many of the icons look identical to apps that ship with Apple's phone.
The freedom251 site has categorised the features under the following tags(thus justifying the name of the phone):
- Freedom to Flaunt
- Freedom to Capture
- Freedom to Connect
- Freedom to Explore
- Freedom to Talk