We do not need a prophet to say what the Smartphone industry will be in some years; we all know how cool and diverse it is going to be. Smartphones are some of the fastest selling commodities in the world today; they make more than a quarter of all revenues that come into the tech industry.
There are companies out there who want to make sure we all have Smartphones, in fact, they make it so cheap that you can afford to buy it without (significantly) setting yourself back. Apple has complained about the reduction in sales, this is partly blamed on the reduced number of people crossing from the lower range to the mid and upper range, so many are going for cheaper Smartphones instead of amassing money just to buy a costly Smartphone.
The cheapest Smartphone to be ever known is the Freedom 251 which sells for approximately $4 in India. The Smartphone was launched today in India by Indian handset maker, Ringing Bells. The event which was held in Delhi today was an historic event as the world shifted its gaze to India for some hours; everyone wanted to get a glimpse of what this Smartphone looks like.
The Smartphone sports a 4-inch WVGA IPS display; it has a rear-facing camera that’s clocked at 3.2MP while its front-facing camera is clocked at 0.3MP. The Smartphone is powered by a quad-core chipset that’s clocked at 1.3GHz. It sports a 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage capacity and a microSD card slot for memory expansions. After the price, the biggest surprise was the Android 5.1 Lollipop that this Smartphone is running on.
According to a statement on the company’s website, the product would be having 1 year warranty; the 1450mAh battery and charger will be having 6 months warranty while the earphone will be having just 3 months warranty that starts counting from the date of purchase. All bookings will begin from 6am on February 18 and will elapse on February 21 at 8pm.
It’s cheap, it could shake the market, but we are yet to see if it would really affect the Smartphone market round the world. The device is super cheap, so many may be skeptical about buying it, while it could still lead to more sales as many wouldn’t mind spending $4 on a device.
Ringing Bells may be relatively new in the Indian market, but it has recently launched two Smartphones, this being the third and the first to raise this much eyebrows. If India continues growing at this pace it could be challenging US in few years, so we just have to wait and see what becomes of this renewed interest in the Indian market.
Xiaomi, Gionee and Motorola are some of the companies that have showed their believe in the Indian market by setting up assembling plants in India, and the government has been very supportive of all local manufacturing practices. If the government gives the needed support, many more companies would be setting up plants in India, helping to grow the economy of the second most populous nation on earth.