This year India launched the cheapest smartphone in the world, incredibly costing just $4. That wasn’t a misprint, we said $4 for a smartphone !
The Freedom 251 is manufactured by a company called Bells Ringing. The smartphone sells for the amazing price of only $4. However, this is not a joke phone, and despite the extremely low price, the terminal has a screen diagonal of 4 inches (960 x 540 pixels), a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3.2MP main camera (plus a front cam of 0, 3 MP) and a 1,450 mAh battery.
Internal storage capacity has 8GB, but the device also has a microSD card slot for a up to 32 GB capacity. Also of note and quite surprising to use, for the price that is offered, the Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 and has a one year warranty. Impressive.
The Ringing Bells company was founded quite recently in 2015, and it has launched four smartphones so far, including a 4G one that costs 44 dollars. To be able to offer the new model at a price of only $4, the company received support from the government, through the campaign “Make in India”, which encourages the production of goods locally.
India is the second largest market for smartphones in the world, after China, and the market in which this product category recorded the highest growth. The state is trying by various means to encourage the purchase of electronic devices. For example, in 2011 the government launched an Android tablet for only 36 dollars. The device was available for pupils & students at a price of $ 14. However, due to weak technical characteristics the model wasn’t very popular.