We’ve had feature phones make a space for themselves at a price bracket under Rs. 3,000/-. Rarely do we see the smartphone get included in this segment – the uber budget one, if you will. But if rumours are to be believed, an Indian company is soon to disrupt this segment.
Ringing Bells is an Indian company which will launch their new phone – the Freedom 251 – on 17th February 2015. While there isn’t a word on the specifications yet, we do know the USP of the device: it is touted to be the cheapest smartphone in the country, with a price tag of Rs. 251/-.
The company already has a few offerings, its prominent one being the Ringing Bells Smart 101, that offers 1GB RAM, 8MP/3.2MP rear and front cameras and a 1.3GHz processor with 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB). A 5-inch qHD display, 2800 mAh battery and Android 5.1 Lollipop complete the feature list, and this phone is available at Rs. 2,999/-.
Regarding the Freedom 251, the phone will be launched in the presence of top government officials and is aimed at connecting all Indians to the power of technology via smartphones.
Whether the phone will be able to bump up the value for money factor for the smartphone world is yet to be seen. But it would be interesting to see the response to such a cheap handset in the country. Maybe the smartphone version of the Aakash tablet? We can only wait and watch.