Just how will the Freedom 251 cost so little? A smartphone for less than £3

Selling a phone in India and apparently made there too is one thing, but selling it for 251 rupee, which is less than $4 or £2.56? For an Android smartphone?

Just how will the Freedom 251 cost so little? A smartphone for less than £3


Specs then, and you’ll be getting a 4″ qHD IPS screen, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and a couple of 3 megapixel cameras. There’s a microSD card slot so that you can add a bit more storage too (up to 32GB).

Basic specs yes, but they tell us that these phones will be made in India, with Indian apps sitting alongside the likes of Facebook, Google Play and YouTube. The company behind the phone, Ringing Bells Ltd, is a very young company and they’re committed to building their smartphone brand.

Just how will the Freedom 251 cost so little? A smartphone for less than £3

However, at the recent launch event for the Freedom 251, they gave out the handset to reporters, but behind a sticker it became apparent that this was indeed the Adcom Ikon 4 handset. At the time of writing, the 251 rupee Freedom251 can’t be purchased because their servers “are overloaded“, but you can already buy the Adcom Ikon 4 in India, however it’s not made in India and it’ll cost you 3,499 rupees. That’s around £35.59 or $51.05. Still not much, but a big difference.

The camera specs are slightly different, but whatever – if the Freedom251 is indeed set to arrive in India and it’s going to be made there – they really need to move quick. Phones are said to ship in June, but they’ve not even started building a factory in India yet.

Errr….

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