- Reliance Jio is expected to launch a low-cost laptop in India
- It is said to be powered by Snapdragon 665 SoC and offer 4G connectivity
- The laptop could run Android 10 instead of Windows 10
Reliance is working on an affordable laptop called JioBook, according to a report by XDA Developers. The Mukesh Ambani-led company is aiming to strengthen its growing digital services by offering a large screen device that can be accessed through a cellular network. The report adds that in 2018, Reliance Jio had held talks with Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity.
Reliance Jio offers the affordable JioPhone feature phone along with recharge packs. The first JioPhone had debuted in 2017 while its successor was launched in 2018. Now
Reliance Jio reportedly working on an affordable laptop
Three years after the talks between Jio and Qualcomm, the former seems to be developing a product based on the chipmaker’s hardware. According to the report, the JioBook is said to be running Google’s Android OS instead of Windows 10. Jio may also call it ‘JioOS’ as per the firmware reviewed by XDA. The Jio’s prototype laptop is powered by Snapdragon 665 processor with an integrated 4G modem i.e. Snapdragon X12.
XDA also obtained and reviewed the documents of Jio’s partnership with China-based Bluebank Communication Technology to develop the product. The documents reveal that the development of JioBook started last September and is expected to continue through the first half of 2021.
The report adds that the JioBook will have a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels although the exact size is not known. During the development, Bluebank is said to have tested several configurations of the laptop including 2GB LPDDR4x RAM with 32GB eMMC storage and another variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. T
he laptop will reportedly come with a mini HDMI connector, 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth, a three-axis accelerometer and a Qualcomm audio chip. The device is claimed to run on Android 10 without any Google apps installed. This is likely due to cutting down on costs. However, the laptop’s firmware is loaded with Jio apps including JioStore, JioMeet, JioPages as well as Microsoft Teams, Edge and Office.
There’s no word when the JioBook will launch and Reliance is yet to confirm its existence. XDA states that the assembly could happen in May this year. It is expected to arrive at an affordable price and will be targeted towards budget buyers.