India’s most affordable phone is out. Indian handset maker Ringing Bells is going to unveil the cheapest Android smartphone available in the market yet. The device has been dubbed as Freedom 251 and will be made available for a price even below Rs. 500 ($7) in the Indian market.
The Noida-based company has said that the launch of this handset is an initiative in PM’s make in India programme. The company officials said,
“empowering India to the last person, transforming India’s growth story”
The smartphone Freedom 251 will be launched on February 17 at an event by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar.
The media invite sent by the company said, “The phone will be popularly priced at under Rs 500… this event and launch stands as a true testimony of success of the latest initiatives taken by the Government of India.”
Even the cheapest of smartphones currently available in India cost around 2000 bucks. Last year DataWind had announced that it was working with Reliance Communications (RCOM) on the world’s cheapest smartphone which would be priced at Rs.999. The phone hasn’t been out yet.
Ringing Bells is a fairly new company and had launched one of India’s cheapest 4G enabled smartphone just at a price of Rs. 2,999 recently. The company has said that it will begin on the assembly of the Freedom 251 in the Phase-I and would try to develop the complete handset indigenously.
The exact price and specs of this device haven’t been revealed yet, but if the company really manages to deliver as it has promised then this smartphone is sure to make ripples in the budget smartphone segment and will take the competition to an all-together different level.
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