Ringing bells, a smartphone company which was unheard of till date, was suddenly in news this week for promoting the idea of a smartphone with a price tag of Rs 251. Now the fact that the phone is subsidised or does it really cost this less to make a smartphone so cheap is quite debatable.
A smartphone at Rs 251 was a jaw-dropping headline. Touted as the world’s cheapest smartphone, the price point naturally raised eyebrows – and hopes. Excitement was mixed with skepticism; through the day, there were more people asking questions than answering them. As our article went live before the launch, we are back with an update to tell you about the questions buzzing around and some possible answers.
The topic has been trending on social media all day and has also sounded the alarm to a potential scam.
However, at present, screen replacement costs about Rs 2000. While the debate on the manufacturing costs will go on forever, we have to admit that a smartphone at a cost of Rs 251 is definitely a steal deal.
Here are few things which you should know about the Freedom 251.
- One of the best features of the device is that it comes with dual camera. It has a 3.2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera. A quick search online will reveal that even the cheapest dual camera phone will cost a minimum of INR 4,000.
- One of biggest issues faced by users is that the most low cost Android smartphones don’t come with the latest operating system. However, Ringing Bells has solved this problem by releasing the phone with Android Lollipop. Will it support future updates is something will all need to wait and see.
- Freedom 251 does not disappoint in terms of connectivity. When you get both 3G and 802.11 b/g/n wifi along with GPS one cannot ask for more.
- The phone comes with 1GB ram and 8GB internal memory, which is expandable to 32GB.
- Another big boost are the preinstalled apps for farmers and women safety. Most women do not have any safety app downloaded on their phone. Having such preinstalled will help increase women safety and decrease the rate of crimes against women.
- Considering a smartphone, the 1450mAh battery is small and would be enough to last around half day. But do we have the right to complain when you get a smartphone for INR 251?