Earlier this year, Ringing Bells created headlines with the launch of the Rs. 251 priced Freedom 251 smartphone. The consumers were lured by the super affordable price tag before they could realize the reliability of the company.
It was only recently that Ringing Bells started shipping the Freedom 251 smartphone and around 65,000 units were shipped to the buyers. Ever since the advent of the Freedom 251, there has been no scarcity of such unknown Indian companies claiming to launch smartphones at unbelievable price tags.
The latest one to join the crowd is ChampOne Communications that has launched its first smartphone known as ChampOne C1 at a disruptive price tag of Rs. 501. The actual price of this smartphone with 4G LTE support and a fingerprint scanner is Rs. 7,999. The device will go on flash sale on September 2 and the lucky customers can purchase it at Rs. 501.
If you are interested to grab the ChampOne C1 smartphone, you should visit the website, www.champ1india.com and fill the form to register for the first flash sale. You will get a unique code that can be used while purchasing the device on September 2.
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ChampOne C1 will definitely stay in the spotlight for the coming weeks. The registration isn't working right now and the website states that it will not be able to accept registrations for 24 hours as there is some technical issue with the payment gateway partner. Also, it says that only the existing customers are eligible to take part in the flash sale.
In the meantime, here, GizBot has come up with the details of ChampOne C1 and four such smartphones that were made by Indian companies that created headlines. Other than Freedom 251, the other smartphones that are listed out below were not launched.
The ChampOne C1 is fitted with a 5-inch HD 720p IPS display and it is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor paired with 2 GB of RAM. The internal storage capacity is 16 GB and it can be expanded further using a micro SD card. There is an 8 MP rear snapper and a 5 MP selfie shooter. The other goodies on-board include a 2,500 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual-SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, and Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Ringing Bells Freedom 251
The Freedom 251 smartphone features a 4-inch WVGA 480p display. It is equipped with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor paired with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage space. The camera aspects of the Freedom 251 include and a 3.2 MP camera at its back and a VGA front-facer. There is a 1,450 mAh battery and it supports 3G connectivity. The Freedom 251 created a stir in the market with its low pricing, payment issues, and delayed shipping.
mPhone Electronics and Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Is a Kochi-based company that was geared up to launch Mango or mPhone smartphone lineup in the country. Led by three siblings, the company was promoted aggressively in newspapers earlier this year, but they were arrested for allegedly defrauding the Kalamaserry branch of Bank of Baroda by falsifying proofs. The company was set to launch six smartphones namely mPhone 5S, mPhone 6, mPhone 7 Plus, mPhone 8, mPhone 9 Plus, and the mPhone 11 Plus priced between Rs 11,999 and Rs 39,999.
Namotel Acche Din
This smartphone was claimed to be launched at just Rs. 99. It arrives with a 4-inch HD 720p display, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. There is Android 5.1 Lollipop and it supports dual SIM cards. The other aspects are 4 GB of storage, 3G support, a 2 MP main snapper and a VGA front snapper and a 1,325 mAh battery. However, the device never made its way into the market.
Docoss X1 was launched by a Jaipur-based company for Rs. 888. Their website itself was mysterious with many technical goof-ups. Also, the customer care support was very vague. The smartphone was to start shipping in May, but it has failed to do so.