Ringing Bells Smart 101 Phone | Buy | Specification | Booking Date | Cash On delivery
The Smart 101 phone from Ringing Bells is getting a lot of attention at present. The reason for this is that the phone has been deemed to be the cheapest among smart phones and yet contains all the high end features.
Going through several platforms online, we have figured that many have already ordered the Smart 101 phone and are awaiting its delivery. So is it worth a look? Should you buy it too? Read my full review to answer it yourself.
About the Ringing Bells
Ringing Bells is a company that has recently joined the market in September 2015. The company is based in Noida. Ever since then it has been trying to give some lucrative offers an Android smartphones and the company also aspires to produce its own SIM cards in the future. The company wishes to take the fullest advantage of the Government’s “Make in India” campaign.
Ringing Bells is the same company that has been giving out Freedom 251 phones – priced at just Rs. 251. However, the Smart 101 is not as cheap as Freedom 251. But, it is priced at just Rs. 2999 and is still cheaper than most of the smartphones with its specifications.
Overview of Smart 101
Now that you know about the manufacturer, let’s learn what the phone is all about. Smart 101 is a 4G phone that is powered with features like Quad core processor and Android Lollipop 5.1 platform. The phone has already launched on 2nd February 2016 globally. It will be available in two colors only – black and white.
Smart 101 Display
The display is a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. It is not clear whether the screen has any scratch resistant feature or not. However, the screen resolution will be high quality 480 x 960 pixels. The PPI or the pixel density of the screen will be 215. This is average brightness for any smart phone of its class.
Smart 101 Camera Features
Even though the phone is featured with a high quality camera of 8MP in the primary section, it does lack features like Geo tagging, Panorama mode capture, Touch focus, digital zoom, face detection, HDR capture and auto focus.
In what it lacks in the primary camera, the phone quite makes it up in the front camera features. It has a 3.2 MP front camera – which means you can seamlessly video chat without having grainy picture. Video recording is possible and the video recording quality is 1080p @ 30 fps. The primary camera features LED flash.
Smart 101 Connectivity
The highlight of the phone is perhaps its connectivity. It is 4G enabled with 2100, 1800, 2600, 800 capacity. It also of course has 3G and 2G like regular smart phones. The phone can also read Wi-Fi hotspots and work over wireless connectivity. While NFC, HDMI and DLNA aren’t enabled in this phone, you can easily connect via its GPS service.
Other forms of wireless connectivity include Bluetooth feature. It also has Dual SIM feature for any GSM SIM connection. GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi can be enabled over this phone.
Smart 101 Other Features
The phone will feature 1.3 GHz CPU and will be based on a Quad core processor. With these features, one can expect the phone to run high speed without crashing. The phone will have 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory. Since some apps will come preinstalled, the phone’s internal memory for you to use might reduce. However, you can expand the memory as this phone allows a 32GB expansion for removable memory.
The phone is assumed to weigh 125 grams and come in dimensions of 142 x 71.4 x 8 in mm. With a phone that has a high resolution screen, you need a powerful battery to keep it charged for long hours. This phone has 2800mAh battery to support it.
The phonies not dust proof or water resistant and the only sensors this phone has are light, proximity, multi touch and G (Gravity). It comes with a warranty of 1 year.
How to buy Smart 101?
To buy this phone you will have to hover at the Ringing Bells company page. From there you will have to follow these steps:
- Take your mouse to the “Products” page on the top right section of the screen and when Smart 101 appears on the sub section, click on it.
- On that page you will see a “Buy Now” option at the bottom right portion of the screen.
Now two things can happen: if their booking lines are open you will get redirected to their payment page and have to fill out the details to proceed. If not, you will be asked to “visit soon” as their bookings will shortly open.
This is because Smart 101 has been booked completely within the first 72 hours of its sale itself. In fact, thousands of people have booked it online just on the first day since its opening. Now, Ringing bells has claimed that it will open its booking options again soon. However, they have not specifically mentioned any particular date. We would ask the buyers to keep a close watch on their Facebook page and website.
Smart 101 Payment options
Many people who have already booked the device have asked the manufacturers to introduce the “Cash on Delivery” option. This is because they are expected to wait for at least two weeks before getting this handset delivered. However, the customers are asked to make the payment instantly. This creates some doubts and confusions among the buyers as Ringing Bells is a new company and they are unable to place their trusts on them.
If you are able to book this phone however, you will be able to do so only via net banking, online credit or debit cards. Cash on Delivery is not an option.
As of now, the company did not introduce any cash on delivery option for any of its devices (neither Freedom 251 nor Bell Smart 101). It is not clear if they are going to introduce this option in their future handsets.
Final verdict on Smart 101
The phone is well suited for those who love to take a few selfies now and then with its 8MP camera. It has a good back up performance with 1 GB Ram and Quad core processor. You get all of this within just 3000 INR and this is the sole reason you should go for it.
Here’s an overview of all the things we have learnt about this phone:
|Recently launched, it is priced only at Rs. 2999|
|It has 8MP primary camera and 3.2MP back camera|
|It has 5inch qHD display with 215 PPI|
|Quad core processor with 1.3GHz capacity|
|2800 mAh battery with 300 hours standby time limit|
|It can be bought only at the Ringing Bells official website|
|Payment only via net banking or credit or debit cards. Cash on Delivery options are not available.|
|Decent phone considering all the features within 3000 INR.|