India introduces a US$4 smartphone

The incredibly low priced Freedom 251 smartphone, whose named is based off of its price in rupees, is the lowest priced smartphone on the market.

The first batch of 5000 devices will finally be out for delivery from 8 July 2016 and the receiver will have to pay Rs 291 (including Rs 40 as delivery charge) to get the unit, said CEO Mohit Goel, who is currently making a loss on each handset.

India’s cheapest smartphone

With a 4-inch 960 x 540 screen, a modest 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of expandable storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 3.2-megapixel front cam and running Android 5.1 instead of 6.0. The price point of the smartphone is the main selling point.

At US$4, the Freedom 251 is inexpensive enough that it’d be far more attainable to India’s large population, and help close a technological divide that exists between India’s citizens and the western world. The firm behind it are hoping for governmental support to achieve their dream.

“In order to digitally-empower every Indian, if I can get government support under the Digital India programme, I can ensure timely delivery of ‘Freedom 251’ phone to all citizens at the same price,” Goel said on the eve of the launch event.

Written by Jordan Platt