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October 09, 2014

Will £26 Indian Smartphone Disrupt the Market?

It has to be the world’s cheapest smartphone – the Indian-made Karbonn A50S costs just £26, and while it’s not officially on sale in the UK, it can be ordered from India duty-free. The specs are hardly earth-shattering – a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB storage and a 2-megapixel pixel camera – but they’re completely serviceable for most lightweight apps and activities.

Perhaps the biggest point against is the connectivity: it’s not even 3G-enabled, let alone 4G, so you’ll really need a Wi-Fi connection to do any sort of speedy browsing. There’s no GPS or compass either, so maps are out too. However, while phones like the A50S are really designed for affordability in developing markets, for some people in the UK a £26 handset must make a tempting proposition - especially those who “just want a phone” with no bells and whistles.

The A50S is due to go on sale in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand within the next few months, although there’s currently no word on when, if it all, it will make its official debut in the UK.