An anonymous reader writes: Freedom 251 is the name of a new affordable Android smartphone which is going on sale in India. It features an 4-core 1.3 Ghz Processor, with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, and runs an Android Lollipop 5.1 distribution complete with civilian and government applications for Indian citizens. It is being heavily subsidized to make up for the benefits that it will bring to the people who could never afford a smartphone before.
Ars Technica notes that the phone is apparently not carrier-subsidized
, but as Pocket Now points out, "[t]he nation's defence minister will be at the launch event
, a sign that the government has heavily subsidized the project in line with its developmental prerogatives."