Friday, February 19, 2016

Innovation: The World’s Cheapest Smartphone

At a time like this when the prices of smartphones are now competing with the cost of buying a landed property in Lekki and Banana Island, the good news about a newly invented/manufactured smartphone that has all the sophisticated functionalities one can ever imagine and yet comes for as cheap as One Thousand Naira (N1000) seem to sound too good to be true.

But according to a recent article on Geek NG, there’s a lineup of upcoming smartphones, simething as good as your Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6 but would not require you to break a bank or pay hundreds of dollars to have them. The smartphone known as Freedom 251 is set to be the cheapest Android smartphone in the world coming out of India.

Here's what the phone looks like:

Image credit: Freedom251.com

Freedom 251 Specification

* Freedom 251 packs specifications worthy of a $100 phone and all these for just 251 rupees. That’s about $3.6 given the current exchange rate which translates to about ₦1000 (Nigerian currency).

* Freedom 251 has 4-inch IPS LCD screen with a qHD resolution (960×540).

* It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and there’s a 1GB RAM to work with.

* The phone comes with a 8GB internal storage but this is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.

* There’s a 3.2MP rear camera with auto focus and there’s also a 0.3MP camera at the front.

* Freedom 251 has a removable battery with a capacity of 1450mAh.

* It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with a 1 year warranty.

Restriction/Limitation

The only bad news which we hope will change soon is that the Freedom 251 Android smartphone device won’t make it past the shores of India due to government restriction. Only Indians and persons living in India can have access to purchasing the phones. The reason for the restriction has been speculated to be that the real cost of the smartphone had already been subsidized by the Indian government inorder to make technology accessible to everyone citizen. The phone is made by Ringing Bells, a technology company that is barely few months old.

Perhaps the idea of #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira would make a lot of sense if the Nigerian government can as well invest in similar technologically viable ideas as a way of growing the economy and encouraging the Proudly Made in Nigeria products.

Written by:

Ebenezer O. Akinrinade

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