- Reliance’s Annual General Meeting is set to take place on August 29
- The company is expected to announce Jio 5G services as well as a 5G capable JioPhone
- The Snapdragon 480 chipset will likely power the JioPhone 5G
Reliance’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is set to take place on August 29. The 45th edition of the Reliance AGM is expected to feature a host of announcements – including the launch of Jio’s much-awaited 5G service and a 5G capable JioPhone. The JioPhone 5G will succeed the JioPhone Next – an affordable 4G Android smartphone that was unveiled last year at the 44th edition of the AGM.
What is 5G and why is it so important?
5G is the latest iteration of long-term-evolution (LTE) mobile networks. Not only is 5G theoretically 10 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks, but it also promises ultra-low latency, more network capacity, and increased reliability.
Theoretically, 5G services can deliver up to 20 gigabytes per second of peak data transfer speeds with an average of around 100 megabytes per second. Regarding latency, 4 G’s latency spans from 60 milliseconds to 98 milliseconds. 5G reduces that to under 5 milliseconds.
In a country where internet access is limited and fast wired broadband connections are limited to big towns and cities, 5G can open up a world of blazing-fast internet for the masses.
JioPhone 5G: All you need to know
With the Jio 5G announcement, we can also expect the launch of an affordable 5G-capable Android smartphone. The successor to the JioPhone Next will be an important device to help kick-start 5G adoption in India. Past leaks suggest that the JioPhone 5Gwill feature a 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 (HD+). The affordable smartphone is expected to be powered by Snapdragon’s budget 5G chipset – the Snapdragon 480. This is said to be paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with support for storage expansion via a microSD card.
The JioPhone 5G is rumoured to feature a13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. On the software front, the smartphone is expected to ship with a customised version of Android 12. Last year’s JioPhone Next shipped with a custom fork of Android called7 Pragati OS – a collaboration between Google and Jio tailored specifically for the Indian market. Pragati OS is most likely to be the OS on the JioPhone 5G as well.
The entry-level 5G smartphone will also likely come with Google Assistant support, a read-aloud text feature, and instant translation via Google Lens and Google Translate. It will also be bundled with Jio’s extensive suite of apps such as JioTV, JioCinema, MyJio and JioSaavan.
The JioPhone 5G is expected to be available through offline channels and Jio’s official website – with a price tag between Rs 9,000 and Rs 12,000.
Jio 5G: All you need to know
Reliance Industries recently revealed its 5G rollout plan. as part of its annual report. Jio claims to have finished planning its 5G coverage in the top 1,000 cities across India. 5G services will be rolled out to 22 cities in the first phase, including Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, etc. Airtel has also announced plans to launch 5G networks in India starting in August 2022.
Jio was the highest bidder at the recently concluded 5G spectrum auction. The telecom giant has acquired a total of 24.7 GHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 Mhz, 1800MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands. The 700 MHz band is considered ‘premium’ and was sold at a higher price at the auction. Why is it so valued? Simply put, it provides better coverage using lesser towers and thus will help telecom operators cut costs in the long run. The 700MHz band’s low frequency allows it to penetrate buildings effectively making it very useful in congested urban areas.
Jio claims it has conducted tests and optimized its 5G network for various use cases – AR/ VR, low-latency cloud gaming, network slicing and multi-tenancy for video delivery, TV streaming, connected hospitals and industrial applications. Jio 5 G’s plans are expected to be the same or just slightly more expensive than the current 4G tariffs in order to attract subscribers initially. Analysts suggest the prices will eventually increase once the network is well established.