Reliance Jio is working with Google to bring a new budget 4G smartphone. Reliance JioPhone Next had planned to launch on September 10, 2021. However, this did not happen due to delays. It claimed it will commence before Diwali (November 4, 2021). Now, the launch timeline has been confirmed by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Pichai during the company’s latest earnings call claims that the phone is beyond just English. It also caters to the people of India. He feels that JioPhone Next will spearhead the shift from feature phones to smartphones for a large population. Moreover, he also explains to investors that many will see it as a foundation for digital transformation in India. That over the next three to five years, this localized, feature-rich smartphone with an aggressive price tag will have a lot of impact.
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“We see a demand for people looking to shift from feature phones to smartphones. We are building a phone (JioPhone Next) that is beyond just English, and getting languages, and getting the local needs right for people. Mainly doing it in a way that many more people can take advantages of a smartphone. Overall, India, just like Asia Pacific, continues to be an exciting market for us. We see strength across categories we are involved in. And so, you’ll continue to see us stay focussed there.”the executive explained during the earnings call.
However, Pichai did not share any details about the pricing at the earnings call. Although rumours and assumptions online is that Reliance JioPhone Next price in India will be around Rs. 2,499.
JioPhone Next Specifications
The smartphone is co-developed by Reliance and runs on Pragati OS. Its’ a new Android-based software that includes optimizations for the Indian audience. The upcoming budget smartphone from Jio has a Snapdragon 215 SoC under the hood. It comes with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Jio smartphone also has a 13-megapixel single rear camera on the back and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.
On the other hand, the front is a 5.5-inch HD+ display. The phone packs a 2,500 mAh battery under the hood.
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