No, it is not a typo and you read it right; Ringing Bells is an Indian company that's selling the world's cheapest smartphone, starting on February 18, at 6 AM Indian Standard Time. The Android phone has been named Freedom 251 because it is going to be priced at INR 251 or roughly $4 in accordance with the international exchange rate right now. As you might have already guessed, it's exclusive to Indian citizens only.
The phone will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad core chipset and 1GB of RAM. In addition to an in-built memory of 8GB, you can further expand storage up to 32GB with a SD card. The (960x540) qHD 4" display doesn't really sound amazing until you are reminded of the fact that the entire phone costs $4! The Freedom 251 will also feature a 3.2 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera to help in minor photographic endeavors. All other standard features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even GPS connectivity are present. A 1,450mAh battery will be providing juice to all this and according to reports, handsfree headsets will be included.
If you are dumbfounded like us and wondering how it is possible for the company to sell a smartphone at this price, then be informed that it is an initiative by the Indian government which is being led by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is being launched today by Manohar Parrikar, the Indian Defence Minister (7 PM IST). This is an effort in making smartphones affordable for anyone and everyone in India, thus promoting growth and modernisation.
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