When it comes to shaking the world with the launch of a smartphone, no company other than Ringing Bells can do so. The Freedom 251 was launched at a mouth watering price of just Rs. 251 and grabbed eyeballs of the international media too. The company went into a lot of troubles and the government had to intervene to maintain the security of the public’s money. The company recently announced that the deliveries of the devices will start soon and they have finally begun. Here are we with the Freedom 251 first impressions and hands on.
The design of the Freedom 251 is not at all similar to what we had seen when the device was first announced. It does not resemble the iPhone and looks more or less like any other budget Android smartphone. There is a 4-inch display on the front and the three Android navigation keys sit right below it. The back of the device houses the camera sensor, LED flash and the speaker. The back of the Freedom 251 is removable and the battery is also user replaceable.
In our Freedom 251 first impressions, there is nothing much to say about a device that costs as low as a movie ticket. But still we’ll try. The company chose to keep the UI near stock and it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It has a GB of RAM, quad-core processor, 8 GB internal memory with 32 GB expandable option. It can run 3G network and supports dual SIM, and has a battery of 1450 mAh. All these features make the device a good performance level that you might not expect from anything that costs so less. For the price if Rs 251, it offers much more than what we can ask for.
The only downside of the smartphone is its availability. As of now, the company has plans to deliver just 5000 units of the smartphones, while about 7 crore people registered for the device. The company will have to ramp up its production to meet the demand.
Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Specifications
Display: 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) WVGA IPS display
Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32 GB with microSD
OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Camera: 3.2 MP rear camera with LED flash; 0.3 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Dual SIM, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, GPS
Battery: 1450 mAh battery