Immediately after being announced, there was a significant hype around the most affordable smartphone in the world. Produced by Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd., the new intelligent device called Freedom 251 plans to take over the world and initiate a new trend on the market. As per the company`s CEO Mohit Goel , the $4 smartphone is ready for deliveries.
The company claimed to have received over 70 million registrations right before its payment system crashed due to a large number of requests. However, the $4 Smartphone is ready to be delivered starting the 30th of June.
Owing its name to the very affordable price (in India it will cost Rs 251, hence the name), this new device plans to offer clients on a tight budget the benefits of modern technology.
On the 30th of June, the company will deliver the first 200,000 units to its customers. Despite its price, the $4 smartphone is ready to amaze its customers with the features it offers. The device will have a 4-inch screen, with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. The memory will be 8 GB, but clients will be able to expand it with additional memory cards.
The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera will be completed by a front-facing camera of 3.2 megapixels.
The specifications also include a 1 GB of random-access memory. Android 5.1 Lollipop will be the system to operate this entire package.
Far from being one of the most performant devices available nowadays on the market, the purpose of this gadget is to enable its users with smartphone capabilities for a very low price.
It is its affordability that made many people believe this new product is a scam. Some say the review test units available immediately after the launch of this phone were nothing more than rebranded versions of another phone called Adcom Ikon 4. The Chinese company producing this phone threatened to sue Ringing Bells but eventually everything was settled without any lawsuit.
The company acknowledged the fact that the production cost of the phone is higher than the selling price of one unit. However, they hope this situation will not become an issue thanks to the large number of sales that will compensate for the initial loss.
With so much controversy around it, it remains to be seen if the $4 smartphone will be a reliable product.
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