Ringing Bells Freedom 251, the most cheapest smartphone in the world which has created a disrupt in indian mobile market since yesterday. Its available to be booked or bought from Freedom251.com but I have not heard from single person who has successfully ordered the phone.
Is Freedom 251 a Scam? Well we can’t rule this out but we need to wait to see, whether it turns out to be the same.
Freedom 251 Full Coverage ( Links Below )
Freedom 251 Hands on Review [ Video ]
Freedom 251 Launch Event
Freedom 251 launch event happened yesterday, we were there at the launch event, it looked more like a marriage function with some ministers and our defence minister launched the phone. There was huge media and there was no proper way journalist could ask questions after the launch event.
Let’s keep everything aside and talk about the phone.
Freedom 251 aka Adcom Ikon 4 looks like a great phone for the unbelievable price of only Rs. 251 or $3.7. It is made of plastic body and plastic casing which holds the phone components.
Freedom 251 Unboxing ( Box Contents )
Box contains the Handset, 1450 mah Battery, in ear headphones with metal head, flat style microUSB cable and screen guard in the package.
Freedom 251 Design and Built
The handset felt good in hands, it lighter, slightly thicker but again rounded edges gives feel and nice hand grip. It is good phone to be used with one hand and screen is not too big and not too small either.
Indian flag at the back of the phone make it quite special for many out there, but as commercial usage of the indian flag is not allowed so that final device may not have the indian flag.
Freedom 251 Connectivity
Freedom 251 comes with dual SIM connectivity and both the slots support 3G and there SD card slot for memory expansion well. Battery is removable and user replaceable.
Freedom 251 Display
It has got 4 inch qHD display which translate to good pixel density on this display, icons looks nice and they are copy of iPhone iOS 9 icons and this may be a legal issue for the phone. Viewing angles of the display is good, outdoor visibility is also nice and brightness of the display is adequate for indoor and outdoor usage.
Freedom 251 Hardware, Internal Storage and RAM
It comes loaded with MT6580 1.3 Quad Core processor, has got 1 GB of RAM out of which 500 MB approx is free to be used by apps in idle usage. It has also got 8 GB of internal storage out of which around 5.45 Gb of user available storage is there.
There is support for MicroSD card and you can expand storage with SD card and yes you can move some apps to SD card or set it as default storage location. Max capacity 32 Gb card is supported on the phone.
Freedom 251 User Interface, Settings and UI Smoothness
It comes loaded with android 5.1 lollipop and it won’t get marshmallow upgrade. User interface is mainly stock android expect the sluggish home screen launcher which provides application drawer as well.
UI is smooth and touch screen is responsive to finger touch. We would like to say UI is smooth enough for the awesome cheap price you are paying for this phone.
Freedom 251 Camera Rear and Front
It comes loaded with 3.2 MP auto focus rear camera, however the unit we tested could not focus properly, but still the photos came out were average at best even in low light conditions, rear camera can produce good clarity and decent colors in photos.
Front camera on phone is 0.3 MP fixed focus is good for taking selfies in daylight but in low light the selfie are very blurry but still we could see people in these selfies which is commendable for this cheapest smartphone in the world.
Freedom 251 Availability, Order and Delivery
Its available to be booked through website freedom251.com but website has got huge hits since morning from 6 AM on 18th, booking is on till 21st Feb 8 PM.
Ordering the phone can be really difficult as website seems to be unstable, it crashes after you add the phone to cart and try to pay. Lakhs of people from india are trying to book, there is huge load on the website which is not being handled properly and website server crashes every now and then.
As per what we know, we don’t know the delivery start date but once you book, you will pay 251+40 = 291 INR for the phone. Rs. 40 INR is for delivery to any address in india. As per the promises by Ringing Bells this will be delivered to you before 3oth June 2016.
Please Note: They have manufacturing capability of making 5 lakh devices in a month and they will start assembly of this phone in may 2016.
Freedom 251 Verdict or Initial Conclusion
Freedom 251 seems like a feature phone killer and a smart phone which beats any other smartphone in the world with its pricing and hardware specs for the price. It sounds and looks like to good to be true and we will see the reality in upcoming months, but still you can book this phone if you can the money involved is nothing compared to a any other phone with same specs but with regular pricing.