Jio-Google Budget Smartphone Could Be Priced Under Rs 4000, Launch Likely in Diwali: Report

The 4G variant of the Jio smartphone is tipped to be priced under USD 50 which is approximately Rs 4,000 in INR.


Reliance Annual General meeting is all set to take place on June 24 and it seems to be a big day for Jio. At the AGM 2021, the company is said to make some important announcements related to its partnership with Facebook, Google, Qualcomm Ventures and many others. 2021 is expected to be the year when multiple announcements around 5G technologies are made at the Reliance AGM 2021.

According to the previous reports, the telco is expected to launch its affordable smartphone and 5G technologies. The latest report from ET suggests that the affordable handset is going to be launched in India before Diwali. Let’s have a closer look at the latest information about the Jio smartphone.

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Jio Smartphone to Launch Before Diwali

ET report citing sources familiar with the matter claimed that Reliance Jio might launch the affordable smartphone in India before Diwali. As per the sources the COVID-19 situation seems to be improved by that time and it would be the best time to launch the device.

In case you don’t know, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced that it will be working with Jio to launch an affordable 5G phone. The smartphone was said to run JioOS, which is speculated to be a custom fork of Android suited for budget devices and built to support the Jio ecosystem. Pichai recently followed up by stating that work on the smartphone has been in progress, and the Reliance AGM 2021 is where we should expect to hear more about it.

According to the latest report the smartphone is already tested at the facilities of UTL Neolyncs, Dixon Technologies, Wingtech Mobiles, and Flextronics Technologies. Further, the report also suggested that the 4G variant of the smartphone will be priced under USD 50 which is approximately Rs 4,000 in INR. The sources also confirmed that Jio will start the pre-bookings in the upcoming months.

“Google’s job was to optimize the software, Chinese ODM (original design manufacturer) Wingtech is likely to design the hardware, while other vendors will do the assembling,” ET report quoted a top executive said. “Beginning of trials suggests that the phone may be up for launch in the fourth quarter (through December), if not earlier.”

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