This is the freetel ice 2, the ₦13,000 smartphone google promised us

     
During the Google for Nigeria event in July, Google announced a ₦13,000 điện thoại thông minh it planned lớn introduce into the Nigerian market in partnership with MTN.

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That promised smartphone is the Freetel ICE 2, a low-end device targeted at emerging markets. The question is, how much smartphone can you really get for ₦13,000?

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Let’s take a look under the hood

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Android 7.0 Nougat4-inch IPS LCD screen

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1GB RAMDual SIM (3G), Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity8GB internal (expandable with SD card) memory

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1.2 GHz single-core processor2MPhường main camera with LED flash & auto-focus0.3MPhường front VGA camera1350mAh removable battery The contents of the box (no bundled earphones)

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Charger, startup guide and Android tips.

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Volume rocker và power/sleep both are on the right side of the phone

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Earphone jack at the top

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At the baông chồng of the phone are the camera sensor và flash lớn the left edge

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Speakers at the bottom back

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And on the bottom edge of the phone is the USB charging port

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Quiông chồng thoughts

Coming from a mid lớn high-kết thúc experience, the Freetel ICE 2 is not an exciting phone. The display performs quite averagely under direct sunlight, the processor can only handle basic multitasking, the camera is not particularly Instagram-friendly and only about half of the available internal memory is accessible to the user (thankfully, you can use a memory card).

Indeed, if you found, & clicked on this post, chances are the Freetel ICE 2 is not targeted at you. The device is best-suited for anyone who has never used a smartphone và wants a first taste of basic online services like gmail, instant messaging (aka WhatsApp) và maybe YouTube Go. So essentially, late adopters, low/zero income earners in urban areas và most people in remote rural areas.

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Of course, it could also serve sầu as a secondary device for those who already have smartphones. However, I suspect that for both groups (newbies and old-timers alike), the 1350mAh battery could be a potential deal-breaker. I don’t imagine that anyone coming from a sturdy battery-life featurephone experience, for example, will be patient enough with a phone that can barely hold a charge for a full day. Especially those in rural areas with limited access to electrithành phố.

I may be wrong. Who knows? Perhaps the incentive sầu to finally get online would far outweigh battery performance. Come khổng lồ think of it, how much should anyone realistically expect from a ₦13,000 smartphone? Maybe not so much.

While the Freetel ICE 2 is currently available for purchase in Nigeria, we don’t yet have specific details on where you can get it. We will update you as soon as we do.


Chuyên mục: Tin Tức