In this techie world today, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in the budget spectrum probably come a dime a dozen. With a myriad of devices to choose from, the competition is cutthroat even in the budget segment. Now, India-based company Ringing Bells wants to take things to the next level by offering the Freedom 251, the cheapest smartphone to date at AU$5 (INR251).
Now, with the price of the Freedom 251, many are expecting that it will have abysmal hardware specs or mediocre at best. However, it’s actually equipped with decent hardware to get you through the day. Under its hood is a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It also features a 4-inch qHD IPS display, giving you enough screen real estate to work on even at this day and age where 5-inchers are now the standard for Android handsets.
Surprisingly, the Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It marks as one of its best features as most cheap Android smartphones are still shipping with Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s also packed with 1,450 mAh of juice, which should give you ample screen time should you play your cards right. The basic connectivity options are all there as well. It comes with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
As far as photography is concerned, the Freedom 251 comes with a 3.2MP primary snapper with a 0.3MP selfie shooter. Don’t expect to take high-resolution shots with it, but it’s probably enough for video calls and quick snapshots.
India has been a hotbed of affordable smartphones ever since Google’s Android operating system became ubiquitous. According to the company behind the Freedom 251, the Freedom 251 is in line with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to “empower” each person and transform the country’s “growth story.”