Remember the "World's Cheapest Smartphone", a concept which was soon followed by Docross X1 for Rs 888 and NamoTel AccheDin for Rs 99? The emerging market of cheap and affordable smartphones apparently has a brand new competitor, Champ1India, a Jodhpur-based company that has announced a new smartphone for Rs 501.
The Android-based smartphone has a 5-inch HD display and a 1.3GHz MT6735 Quad-core processor. It has a 2 GB RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and 5 megapixel front sensor. It has 16 GB internal storage and a 2500mAh battery. The phone is 4G LTE enabled, dual SIM compatible, and comes in white, silver, and gold colours. It even has a fingerprint sensor.
According to The Huffington Post, while Champ1India is registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the phone is not listed under the BIS Certification list. Although there are still ongoing speculations over the price of the phone, some early reports such as this by Business Sandesh suggest that after the initial promotional sales, the handsets will be available for their original price, which will be around Rs 8,000. This has not been confirmed by the handset company yet.
Currently, the registration button for new handsets on the website does not work. According to the website, it has been facing some technical issues with its payment gateway partner, and will be fixed soon. The website further states that the device will go on a flash sale on September 2, 2016.