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Reliance Jio reportedly working on a cheap 5G phone, could be priced as low as Rs 2,500

On: October 19, 2020

Reliance Jio revolutionised the Indian telecom market by introducing highly affordable 4G plans. According to Statista’s recent survey, Reliance Jio is the number one telecom operator in India. It is also the world’s third-largest network operator. Just as it pioneered cheap 4G plans in India, the company is currently working on bringing 5G connectivity in the country.

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According to a new report by Economic Times, Reliance Jio is planning to bring a low-cost Jio Phone with 5G support priced between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 in India. Since 5G trials have not started yet in the country, the 5G Jio Phone could arrive at some point in 2021. With the arrival of this phone, the company reportedly aims to target 20 to 30 crore users that are currently using 2G mobile phones.

Jio to reportedly launch cheap 5G phone

An official from Reliance Jio revealed to the publication, “”Jio wants to bring the device for less than Rs 5,000. When we scale up the sales, it can be priced in the range of Rs 2,500-3,000.” This indicates that the Reliance Jio aims to launch the cheapest 5G phone in India.

While 5G networks have not commercialised in the country, a couple of smartphone OEMs are selling 5G enabled high-end and flagship phones. Currently, the OnePlus Nord 5G that is priced at Rs 24,999 is the most affordable 5G phone in India.

Reliance Jio had stated earlier this year that it is developed its own 5G technology to replace 5G equipment from third-party companies like Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, and so on. It is now waiting for the Department of Telecom to allocate 5G spectrum in order to conduct 5G trials in the country.

A report last month revealed that in order to transform 2G users into 4G users, the company will be launching a 4G Android phone in December. The device is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 4,000. It will run an optimised version of Android that is co-developed by Google and Reliance Jio. At Reliance’s 43rd Annual General meeting, Mukesh Ambani had said that Google invested Rs 33,737 for a 7.1 precent stake in Jio Platforms for building the optimised Android OS for low-cost phones.

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