Obi Worldphone, backed by the ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, has announced a new budget smartphone, Obi Worldphone MV1 at Mobile World Congress 2016. The smartphone was designed by San Francisco-based product studio Ammunition.
The Obi Worldphone MV1 boasts 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and oleophobic coating. It is powered by quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, paired with Adreno 306 GPU. It comes with 16 GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 64 GB with microSD. The smartphone comes in two variants: 1 GB and 2 GB RAM. It also offers OS choices to buyers between Android 5.1 Lollipop and Cyanogen OS 12.1.1.
The MV1 sports an 8 megapixel rear camera with OmniVision OV8865 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. It also has 2 megapixel front facing camera. It is backed by 2500 mAh battery.
Connectivity options on the phone includes 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS. It measures 45.6×72.6×8.95mm and weighs 149 g.
The Obi Worldphone MV1 comes in red, white and black colors and is priced at $139 (Rs. 9,530 approx.) for 1GB RAM and the 2GB RAM variant costs $149 (Rs. 10,215 approx.). It will be available in Asia and Africa starting from this month and will roll out in Latin America and Europe in March 2016.
“This is an industry with 200 different brands vying for consumers’ attention. There will be 1.4 billion Android phones produced in 2016 alone, so there needs to be a way to stand apart from the pack. The components for all these different phones are mass produced, in the same countries, and often in the same exact factories.
What we’ve done with the Obi Worldphone from the very beginning is show that it’s possible to have a beautifully designed phone that fits into your lifestyle at an accessible price without sacrificing form and technology. You don’t have to give up style in exchange for substance. With the MV1, you can have both.”
– said John Sculley, co-founder of ObiWorldphone.