Really low on budget but still want a smartphone? Well, the Freedom 251 is the cheapest smartphone in the world, selling at a price of around $4 dollar in India.
The phone is a fully functioning device powered by Google?s Android OS 5.1. The phone features a touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. The insides are commendable for such a cheap phone as well, powered by a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The phone ships with 8GB storage, which can be extended with a MicroSD card. The phone appears to run smoothly and doesn?t lag while doing basic things like calling and messaging, according to most people who?ve had the opportunity to use the mobile.
Freedom 251 has a 3.2 Megapixel rear camera and ?0.3 megapixel selfie camera. The phone is only available in single SIM model. The phone has basic smartphone connectivity like Wifi, Bluetooth and FM.
The phone cannot possibly be sold at a price of $4 to make a profit. The Indian government is probably selling the device at a highly subsidized rate. Estimates suggest that the phone should cost somewhere around $35 dollars in the market if not subsidized.
However, this move will certainly help the Indian government connect its 1.4 Billion people even better. India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world and the phone will allow even day laborers without a constant source of income to buy the mobile and be connected to the world. The demand for the phone seems to be really high as pre-order for the phone began today and the website crashed within a few hours of first few orders.
The mobile comes with free pre-installed apps to help its target audience: Women Safety, Swachh Bharat, Fisherman, Farmer and Medical to name a few.
Frankly, the phone is so cheap that a coffee at Starbucks or a meal for two in India is a more costly affair than buying the Freedom 251.