Docoss X1 is an Android phone priced at Rs 888. Of course, if you’ve never heard of Docoss X1, neither have we. Don’t be surprised if this similar to how Ringing Bells Freedom 251 captured Indian internet and popular imagination.
Docoss X1 claims to be a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1GB RAM with 4GB storage (32GB expandable), a dual-core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 2 megapixel camera and a 0.2 megapixel front camera. The battery is 1300 mAh.
The company had opened bookings on its website http://www.docoss.com and said registrations would close on April 29. It claims deliveries will start on May 2. Given the Rs 888 price tag, and the interest it has generated, the website crashed, but it seems to back up.
Based on a Facebook post, the company appears to be taking order via SMS, and has even asked users not to call on the number given. The Facebook page appears to be full of messages and comments from users wanting to know how to book the smartphone.
Given that nobody has heard of the company before, and that Docoss claims to have been featured on The Verge, Mashable, etc if you go by the webcache page on Google, there are serious doubts about the authenticity of this smartphone and the company itself.
The company’s address is listed as “Third Floor, Happy Tower, Maharani Farm, Durgapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.”
Docoss X1 is not the first smartphone in India to cause a frenzy thanks to a ‘low’ price, which makes even most budget phones seem exorbitant. This February, a similar frenzy ensued when another never-heard of company called Ringing Bells launched Freedom 251 at just Rs 251.
Ringing Bells claimed it was keeping the cost low by manufacturing in India, and that it would deliver all smartphones by end of June. The website crashed soon after bookings opened thanks to the overwhelming orders. Plus it was revealed that the smartphone shown at the launch was a re-branded version of another device from a Chinese player called AdCom. AdCom later threatened to sue Ringing Bells.
Given the Rs 251 pricing, and the fact that the website kept crashing, angry customers also turned up at Ringing Bells’ Noida office only to find it empty.
While the fate of those who bought the Freedom 251 remains unclear, the Docoss X1 has also managed to gain some fame on the internet thanks to the Rs 888 price-tag. Given that we can’t really verify any details about this company, anyone buying this phone is suitably warned.
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