On July 7, 2016, the Freedom 251 was unveiled as the world’s cheapest smartphone. The $4 smartphone is being manufactured by a small company in India, named Ringing Bells. The company was just established a few months ago, but has the ability to have a major impact on the smartphone market in India with its affordable price.
Ringing Bells announced the phone back in mid-February and began taking pre-orders. Shipments of the phone are expected to go out just one day after the July 7 launch. The first batch of 5000 phones is expected in this shipment and the company will then await feedback from customers. The 3G phone itself has an uncanny design that is similar to the iPhone. The phone will be available in black or white and will support external memory cards up to 32GB. All basic google apps will be integrated into the phone. It will also have the following specifications:
- Android 5.1 operating system
- 4″ WVGA resolution display
- 1.3Ghz quadcore processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- 1800mAh battery
- 3.2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera
Many have been skeptical of a phone that is so cheap, especially since it is not expected to make the company much profit unless it is immensely popular. However, offering the phone at such a low price has the advantage of connecting those in rural and poor parts of the country to the digital world. To generate more revenue, Ringing Bells is planning to start a cloud storage system called “WhiteCloud.”
In addition to the Freedom 251 smartphone, Ringing Bells is also expected to unveil their 32″ high-definition television, which will be the cheapest television set in India.