A $5 (INR 334) Smartphone???? How in the world did they do that??? Is this for real?? Am sure that is the question going on in most people's mind. Of course the reason isn't far fetch. In the world today, the price of a smartphone will put a dent in most people's pocket. An example is Apple iPhone or even Samsung Galaxy series that cost a whole month's paycheck - or even 2 months in some cases. This huge price on smartphone have made a lot of people, especially low income earners, to stick with their feature phone. However, that trend is about to change. Someone is about to own a smartphone that cost only $5 (INR 334)
Ringing Bells, an Indian based smartphone company is ready to sell a smartphone to anyone that need one for just $5. Yes, just $5
India currently has emerged as a major smartphone market. Big players like Gionee, Miramax, Huawei, BlackBerry, Samsung etc have entered the Indian market to sell smartphones however, the prices these phones are offered are still on the high side and does not sit well with low and middle income earners of Indian. This is why Ringing Bells have decided to sell their smartphones for just $5.
Currently there is no full spec data for this smartphone but we do know that it's going to run Android OS 5.1 and will have 3.2 MP back camera, 0.2 MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 1485 mAh battery, 1GHz processor, 8 GB internal memory and memory card slot that supports up to 32GB microSD card. Of course no one expects an entry level, low end smartphone of this price to have eye popping specs. All that matters is that the smartphone will do what it is designed to do and achieve the go for which it was underpriced.
According to SmartCritique, "Ringing Bells is a Noida-based company and has named this smartphone Freedom 251, which will be launched and unveiled by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,while the Member of Parliament Murali Manohar Joshi is expected to preside over the event on the 17th of February, 2016". Needless to say, "If this initiative goes well, it could bring in hundreds of millions of poor people into the Internet fold to access information and, therefore, enhance their capacity to get to the truth on all issues concerning their lives. Freedom 251 has the potential to provide true freedom from the media houses representing one interest or the other, besides giving poor people access to opportunities that could improve their living conditions".