What is the cheapest cell phone in India

India: Smartphone for 3.28 euros goes on sale

Freedom 251: 3 euro smartphone in India
Screenshot: teltarif.de Buying a smartphone for 3.28 euros? Sounds unimaginable, but it should soon be a reality in India: The Freedom 251 costs exactly (the eponymous) 251 rupees. Several initiatives by the Indian government such as "Make in India" and "Digital India" are supporting the market launch. How high the grants are was initially unclear. However, there should be no binding contract with a mobile phone provider.

3 euro smartphone with quad-core processor

Freedom 251: 3 euro smartphone in India
Screenshot: teltarif.de The young Indian company Ringing Bells advertised the smartphone in newspapers, which is equipped with a 4-inch display (540 by 960 pixels) and a quad-core processor. The main memory is 1 GB. 8 GB of internal memory is provided for pictures, apps and other data - expandable by up to 32 GB using a microSD memory card. The Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Freedom 251 takes photos using the 3.1 megapixel sensor in the main camera. The selfie cam faces the front, but it only has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. The battery has a capacity of 1450 mAh - although it is unclear whether the battery can be replaced.

From February 18th, the manufacturer will be accepting pre-orders on its website.

Indian market particularly interesting for manufacturers

The smartphone market in the up-and-coming emerging market is currently booming. According to figures from market researchers at Counterpoint Research, India recently overtook the USA and now has the second largest smartphone market in the world after China. In the past year, more than 100 million devices were sold. However, the market is still barely saturated: only around 220 million of the approximately 1.3 billion people on the subcontinent have such a computer cell phone. More simple cell phones are still being sold than smartphones.

Many Indians are extremely price-conscious and also use cheap models for smartphones, often from Indian manufacturers. But the cheapest is also often spurned - this can be seen in the extremely sluggish sales of the Tata Nano small car. Sales of the Aakash tablet, which was touted as the cheapest in the world, also fell far short of expectations because users were not satisfied with the device's capabilities.

Google is trying to get started on the Indian market with affordable Android One smartphones.