21 February 2016
Freedom 251 pricing explained: Just how cheap can a smartphone get?
India has just had another Tata Nano moment, with the world’s cheapest smartphone being announced here on Wednesday. While there is understandable excitement across the country over the Rs 251 price point of the Ringing Bells Freedom 251 smartphone, there is disbelief in the smartphone market and in the rest of the world. To put things in perspective, the cheapest smartphone available in India at the moment is the little known Trio Trio Smart Touch Phone Junior 3, priced at Rs 1,449 on Flipkart. That is a 2G phone. The Freedom 251, on the other hand, is a dual-SIM 3G smartphone with a 4-inch IPS touchscreen, 1.3 GHz quad core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM, as well as a 3.2 MP camera. The cheapest phone with specs like these would be the Rs 2,999 Datawind Pocketsurfer 3G, which has a less powerful processor and capacitive touchscreen.