Given that we regularly pay up to $1000 (NZD$1074) for top-of-the-line smartphones it would stand to reason that the world’s cheapest phone would be underpowered and nigh on unusable.
Yet new Indian company Ringing Bells has this week introduced a $5 smartphone that at least on paper seems just fine.
The Freedom 251 was unveiled a day before the launch and, as the name suggests it’s being sold for 251 rupees ($5.12) — a price that sceptics said was far lower than its components would cost.Bearing more than a passing resemblance to an iPhone 4 – but featuring an Indian flag on the rear — the phone appears to be surprisingly capable considering it costs about the price we might pay for a large coffee in Australia
Running Android 5.1 Lollipop the Freedom features a 4-inch touchscreen displaying at the resolution of 960×640 – a removable 1450mAh battery and a 3.2-megapixel main camera.
It’s powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of internal storage – expandable with a MicroSD card (which would probably cost more thanww the phone itself).
While the Freedom doesn’t have all the modern smartphone luxuries – such as 4G/LTE capabilities – an accelerometer or NFC – it’s inarguably good for the price.