Obi Worldphone, the company launched by former Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley, today announced two new budget Android phones. The silicon valley is joining Motorola in bucking the trend that high quality budget phones must come out of China by announcing the SF1 and SJ1.5 which are both prices under $200. The phones are the first two handsets announced by Obi Worldphone and will target expanding markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The phones were designed by San Francisco firm Ammunition and focus on an iconic industrial design and a custom user interface, also designed by Ammunition, that unifies the hardware and software experience according to Obi Worldphone.
The SF1 has a raised 5 inch, 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 4 covering it all. It will come with either 2 gb of ram and 16 gb of storage or 3 gb of ram and 32 gb of storage depending on which version you select. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC and a 3,000 mAh battery. Rounding out the specs are a fiberglass body and metal accents, micro SD card slot, a 5 MP front facing camera and 13 MP rear facing main camera. The SF1 will run you about $200
The SJ1.5 is cheaper at $129 and will still maintain the 5″ display but will only be 720p. Instead of the Qualcomm chip it will feature a quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, dual sim slots like it’s big brother and 16 GB of storage. The SJ1.5 will offer “unique color and accent options” as well as an 8 MP rear facing camera and 5 MP selfie cam and be powered by the same 3,000 mAh battery.
How do you think these new phones look? Do you see any influences by phones currently on the market or is this a few new design?