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India launches smartphone for under R60

The Freedom 251 launched today and is expected to revolutionise the smartphone industry.

Ashok Chadha (2-R), President of Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd., along with unidentified Ringing Bells official shows the 'Freedom 251' smartphone after its launch in New Delhi, India, 17 February 2016. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - An Indian electronics company has launched a smartphone, arguably the cheapest in the world, in New Delhi that only costs around R57.98.

The Freedom 251, manufactured by Ringing Bells, launched today and will bring a revolution to the industry.

The bad news is, it's only available in India.

The 251 boasts some fairly decent specs, it runs the Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quadcore processor.

While it serves the purpose of texting, calling and using various apps, the phone also packs the kind of specs you'd expect from its low price tag.

It also has a 4-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory (expandable to 32 GB) and a 3.2 megapixel front camera.

Freedom 251 owners will have access to all the apps on the Google Play Store, although some of them might push the phone to its limits.

The smartphone comes with a number of pre-installed programs like farming and fishing apps, which are designed to suit the phone's target market.

Low-cost smartphones, many of them Chinese-made, are readily available in India, but even the cheapest models usually cost between R350 to R450.

The Freedom 251 will be available online and at 650 distributors across India from today.

The device is the latest release from the Noida-based Ringing Bells.

The company said its mission is to provide futuristic technology products of the highest quality and best service at the lowest cost of ownership.

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