Despite all the controversies and negative publicity, Noida-based startup Ringing Bells has done the impossible. It has launched and now successfully delivered a smartphone that is priced at only Rs 251. According to the company, after successfully delivering the first 5,000 Freedom 251 units, another 65,000 handsets are now on their way. Let us see what Freedom 251 smartphone has in store for you. Also Read - World's cheapest smartphone 'Freedom 251' maker Mohit Goel arrested by Delhi policeAlso Read - Ringing Bells Freedom 251 headlines again, MD claims can still deliver phones by early 2018
The Freedom 251 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system, and sports a 4-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM, and packs in 8GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The smartphone also sports a combination of 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, a 1,450mAh battery and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio. Also Read - Two arrested for cheating Ringing Bell of Rs 3 crore
For moderate usage with WhatsApp, calling and texting, listening to music and surfing the internet, we did not face any problems. Neither did the device heat up. One charge was sufficient for almost one-and-half days with normal usage which is quite good.
What does not work – Call it strange but when the battery goes low, the text settings change automatically into Hindi and one has to go back to settings to correct it back to English. Maybe some tweaking is what is required in upcoming handsets.
For the rest, at Rs 251, it is indeed a basic-level, functional device that even defies “affordability” and can help the masses shift to smartphones from basic feature phones. Meanwhile, think what else can you purchase in Rs 251.
Sourabh Kulesh writes for IANS