Less than 250 rupees

Is the world’s cheapest 3G smartphone Indian?

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February 17, 2016

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Indian company Ringing Bells announced the launch today in India of what it calls the world cheapest 3G smartphone, at INR 251 (less than 4 euros). A further sign of price drop and heavy local and international competition on the very coveted and booming Indian market. It is now on the verge to become the second in the world for smartphones, behind China but before the US.

The Freedom 251 handset is to be launched in Delhi today with officials such as Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The phone, which can be booked on the company website from tomorrow, is according to Ringing Bells a 4-inch display dual SIM 3G smartphone with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (which can be expanded up to 32GB) and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

Its back camera has a 3.2-megapixel resolution and its front one 0.3-megapixel. It has a 1450mAh battery.
The company said that the phone development was backed by Indian government and that it is part of the “Make in India” push but did not provide further details on prices, manufacturing and components sourcing.

The cheapest smartphones of that kind were more in the range of INR 1,500 so far, even if other companies have less pricy products in the pipeline.

Founded last year, Ringing Bells, which sells its product on its website, had launched before one of the most affordable 4G smartphones in India, at INR 2,999, and two other handsets. It is an Indian company headquartered in Noida, in Delhi NCR, with Indian associates.

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