As the tech war to make the Cheapest Indian Smartphone rages on, with the likes of Ringing Bell’s Freedom 251, another Indian company had arrived with a bang. ChampOne Communications, a Jodhpur-based company had brought the ChampOne C1, a smartphone too good to be true at that price. Priced at Rs 501, just double that of the famous Freedom 251, the smartphone has features which many phones ten times the price boast of. Packed with a quad-core processor, fingerprint scanner, and even 4G LTE connectivity the smartphone is actually priced at Rs 8000 but the company is giving away the phones initially at Rs 501, for its first flash sale which will take place on September 2. The ‘made in India’ smartphone’s initial price is ridiculously tagged and looks to be a marketing gimmick for the unknown company to make a penetration in the smartphone market and let itself known.
The ChampOne C1 has a 5-inch HD display and a screen resolution of 720p. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT 6735 quad-core processor and with a 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. The smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and the front camera is 5 megapixels. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is fueled by a 2,500mAh battery. In order to avail the flash sale, consumers need to visit the company’s website and register. The consumers will be given a unique code which they are supposed to use during the flash sale on September 2. According to the website a tablet and a smartwatch by the company is expected soon.
It difficult to guess why the company is selling a smartphone worth Rs 8000 at such a low price incurring heavy losses, except for the fact of letting itself known, like Freedom 251. Lately, the payment gateway has also shut down. With a website full of errors including pictures taken from other sources and spelling errors, it is a bit suspicious and it is quite possible that the company will have to face some legal battles soon.