India-based Ringing Bells unveils Freedom 251, the world’s first smartphone priced under $4 USD. It features 8GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, 3.2-megapixel secondary camera, a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and most importantly, 3G connectivity. “We will be the first Indian company to offer an incredible smartphone at a highly affordable price. [It is] minimalistic and lightweight take on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system,” said the company. Continue reading for a full hands-on review and more information. Click here for a few bonus funny and geeky cell phone pictures.
“The company believes that the phone – strongly resembling Apple’s iPhone 4 – will ‘bring a revolution’ in the industry. While the initial promise was to price the phone under 500 rupees, the actual cost was revealed at the launch event last Wednesday, creating a global stir. The high profile event conducted in Delhi was attended by members of the Indian Parliament and other state level leaders. The website went live for pre-orders the next day, but with 600,000 hits per second their website crashed within a few hours and they were forced to close bookings. The company later revealed that they received 37 million orders on Day 1 and 24.7 million on Day 2. They are now promising to deliver the devices to all their customers within four months,” reports Oddity Central.