Ringing Bells, an Indian company, is launching the world’s cheapest android smartphone, the Freedom 251, for only 251 rupees or about $4 (₱200.00).
The Freedom 251 has surprisingly decent specifications, It sports a 4-inch 960×560 display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 1450mah battery. It also comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, with micro SD card support up to 32GB. There’s a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera. The Freedom 251 will run on Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes pre-installed with several apps.
The smartphone went on sale Thursday morning but due to huge demand, the company had to stop accepting orders after its website crashed just hours later because of its 600,000 hits per second, the company said.
Ringing Bells has called the phone “India’s most affordable smartphone”. It has promised to deliver the first devices in four months.
This is not the first time India has made a gadget with a very cheap price. In 2011, India released a government-backed Aakash tablet project that cost only $10, but the tablet’s performance was widely criticized because of its performance saying it is unusable and has poor hardware specifications.