Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. a NOIDA based startup which took the world’s mobile phone market into storm by launching the world’s cheapest smartphone, the Freedom 251 for just Rs. 251 (less than $4) with good enough features. After that the company was faced many troubles from private agencies as well as from the India Govt. Even an FIR was lodged against the company.
But, now we have some Good News for the buyers of the Freedom 251 smartphone. The device was seen & reported by IANS. They have published some pictures (see below) of the device which looks totally different from what bloggers & reviewers have received as review units. The review units were having a home/back button at the front but the actual device seen by IANS didn’t have that design. Actually the real device is having three regular capacitive buttons i.e. the Recent Apps, Home and Back button. On the back, the review units were having camera module on the top right while the actual device has camera module in the center and the LED flash is just below it. The software UI & icons are also totally changed from what we have seen in the review units which were allegedly called Adcom K1.
Ringing Bells’ Founder and CEO Mohit Goel told IANS “We are ready with nearly two lakh ‘Freedom 251’ handsets. We will start delivery from June 30.” He added “Our devices are completely ‘Make in India’ and were manufactured at our Haridwar-based manufacturing unit. We plan to sell two lakh devices every month.”
Freedom 251 Specifications:
- 4-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) IPS LCD display
- 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Dual SIM (dual standby)
- 3G, 2G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- 3.2MP rear camera
- 0.3MP (VGA) front camera
- 1450mAh battery
- Color: White
June 30 is almost here, so we’ll know if Ringing Bells succeeds in making the world’s cheapest smartphone against all odds.