Smartphones aren’t selling well: Apple reported a drop in iPhone sales for the first time this quarter since the original iPhone. There is, however, opportunity for affordable smartphones to succeed in developing markets like India. Chinese companies like Xiaomi have already made their mark, and emerging Indian brands are trying hard to play in this competitive market.
Freedom 251, the Rs. 251 smartphone, made huge waves when it was announced, including the possibility that it is a scam. It managed to rack up hundreds of thousands of pre-orders on the opening day. And a new phone that costs under Rs. 1000, precisely Rs. 888, was announced just yesterday: the Docoss X1.
Docoss is a Jaipur based company that promises to deliver a basic smartphone at Rs. 888. The X1 has a 4” 400x480 pixels display, a 2 MP rear and a VGA front camera, 4 GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD, 1300 mAh battery and is powered by the 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 processor and 1 gig of RAM. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. There is nothing to brag about here, and the pricing makes perfect sense.
You can pre-book the Docoss X1 by visiting their website, but NDTV Gadgets suggests you keep away from it because it’s far less transparent than even the Freedom 251 website. There is a definite possibility of a scam and I’ll keep you posted about it. The company says it’ll start deliveries from May 2.
For full specifications, visit NDTV Gadgets and PhoneRadar.