The Freedom 251 is a quad-core Android smartphone that costs as much as a cup of coffee
posted by Luis D. / Feb 17, 2016, 3:23 AM
So, how much smartphone can you have for the price of a cup o' Joe? Surprisingly much, indeed – the Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1, features a 4-inch 960p IPS LCD screen, and has a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. There's a 3.2MP rear cam and a 0.3MP front cam combo on the 3G-connected, dual SIM smartphone, which is powered by a 1450mAh battery. That's a decent set of specs for the price, and the Freedom 251 doesn't look half bad.
"empower citizens, even in the remotest rural and semi-urban centers of India, with the latest in digital technology." As for the company behind the smartphone, it's called Ringing Bells, and it was incorporated just five months ago. As the smartphone is being made under Prime minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan to "empower each and every one in India". Thus, it is likely that the government is subsiding the Freedom 251.
With the smartphone launching in India tomorrow, Feb 18, it will be interesting to learn if the company will manage enough supplies and whether everyone who wants one will be able to get it without dealing with flash sales, sign-ups, or other promotional tactics. Those interested should pay the website a visit and "book" themselves, starting 6 AM (presumably Indian time) tomorrow.
source: Freedom 251
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Can this be purchased in the US?
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 3:34 AM 0
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Can you read?
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 3:38 AM 14
The answer would be no, at least for a little while. This is part of the 'make in India' scheme to stabilize the slipping Indian economy. They are most likely going on loss making these and are working on subsidy by the government. The only reason this phone is being produced is to reduce smartphone imports. High Imports reduce the exchange rate and cause the economy to tank. That being said, I'm no expert in Economics.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:46 AM 6
You can still buy a few similar phones in US for under 50$. Or look at eBay for refurb models. BTW it's not recommended to make games for. qHD is archaic resolution and you won't be able to adjust DPI scaling properly for higher-end devices. I would suggest you look into a stock android phone with at least 720p screen, maybe a moto G refurbished.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:59 AM 0
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Less than $4 for a smartphone sounds really mad. But yes that's right. Although the renders are not accurate. Following is the actual image. http://m.gsmarena.com/freedom_
251_is_a_4_smartphone_that_pac ks_in_a_quadcore_cpu_and_runs_ android_lollipop-news-16671.php
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 6:33 AM 0
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now. they need to reduce the data cost and provide more free-wifi zones.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:01 AM 0
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Data cost are already dirt cheap in countries like India.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:32 AM 0
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960p is not qHD. qHD is 960 x 540p. Still it's a steal.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:08 AM 1
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how is this even possible ?? i fell like there is something wrong about it
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:17 AM 0
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Me too. That's really weird.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 5:17 AM 0
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Everyone will soon own a smartphone with prices like this.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:19 AM 0
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The best things are the Android 5.1, 8GB ROM + 1 GB RAM. But Smartphones being a Business, I believe there is a HUGEEE Caveat behind this. Let's see........
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:33 AM 0
I would prefer kitkat on those specs. lollipop is too resource hungry to cause even flagships to stutter.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 4:43 AM 0
I haven't personally tried it on my phone, but my friend's moto G 2014 changed from a laggy unusable mess on lollipop to a fairly usable experience. MM is definitely way better than lollipop. I'm not sure if it's better than kitkat though.
posted on Feb 17, 2016, 7:37 AM 1
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