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Jio and Google’s budget 4G smartphone could launch before Diwali: report

Highlights

  • Reliance’s much-awaited affordable smartphone could launch in the coming months
  • The smartphone is being developed in partnership with Google
  • It will be aimed at budget users and priced under Rs 4,000

Reliance Jio budget 4G smartphone is expected to launch before Diwali in India according to a report by ET Telecom. At the AGM last year, Mukesh Ambani had announced that Reliance is working with Google to build a custom OS for affordable smartphones. As per the new report, this new smartphone is also being developed in partnership with Google. 

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The telecom major’s affordable smartphone has passed the R& D stage and is currently being tested. Reliance is conducting its AGM on June 24th, so we can expect more announcements on the budget smartphone, 5G services, JioBook and more. 

Reliance Jio budget smartphone to launch before Diwali

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The Reliance Jio smartphone is expected to arrive during the festive season

The report adds that the Reliance Jio budget smartphone is in the testing phase at Wingtech Mobiles, Dixon Technologies, UTL Neolyncs and Flextronics Technologies. The former is said to develop hardware while the other vendors will do the assembling. Reliance is also planning to source components from the likes of Tata Electronics. The smartphone will be priced under $50 (~Rs 3,600) and will go on pre-booking in the coming months.

A top executive quoted,  “Beginning of trials suggests that the phone may be up for launch in the fourth quarter (through December), if not earlier.”

According to the report, Reliance is testing a 4G as well as 5G version of its upcoming smartphone with different specifications like screen size, memory etc. The device will likely be sold exclusively on JioMart and Reliance Digital stores first. It is expected to be offered with a bundled Jio SIM and lucrative recharge offers. 

Reports of Reliance’s affordable Jio smartphone have been doing the rounds ever since the company announced its tie-up with Google last year.

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