- Reliance Jio is working on an ultra-affordable 5G phone
- Reliance and Google are jointly working on the device
- It may debut with a sub-Rs 10,000 price
Reliance Jio’s ultra-affordable 5G phone is in the works. The company confirmed its existence at the recently held 45th Reliance AGM event. The company has prepared the world’s fastest 5G rollout plan. It aims to rollout 5G networks in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai by October this year. It plans to make its 5G services available in every town, taluka, and tehsil of India by December 2023.
It appears that Reliance’s first 5G phone may be around the time it deploys 5G networks. While the rumour mill is calling it the Jio Phone 5G, the company is yet to confirm the official moniker.
Jio Phone 5G, a collaborative effort by Reliance and Google
At the 45th AGM event, Reliance revealed that it has collaborated with Google to bring affordable 5G smartphones with Jio branding. There is a possibility that the ultra-affordable Jio Phone 5G may come bundled with a Jio 5G SIM.
Jio Phone 5G specifications (rumoured)
The Jio Phone 5G is rumoured to feature a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display that offers an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It is expected to run on an optimised version of Android, which will be called PragaitiOS.
It may come equipped with the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging support. The device may offer 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for additional storage. The device could be equipped with an 8-megapixel front camera and a 13-megapixel (main) + 2-megapixel (macro) dual-camera setup. It offers connectivity features, such as dual SIM, 5G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Jio Phone 5G price, launch timeframe (rumoured)
The Jio Phone 5G is likely to rival the other 5G phones in the Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 price segment. The company may allow buyers to purchase with a nominal down payment price. It may let the rest of the amount be paid in easy EMIs.
Reliance is yet to confirm the launch timeframe of the Jio Phone 5G. Since the Jio 5G services are launching in October, its ultra-affordable 5G phone may debut in Q4 this year.