Reliance Jio is once again all set to disrupt the market in India with its upcoming Jio Phone Next. The company has announced that the latest entry-level smartphone from Jio will be available for purchase from September 10. At RIL AGM 2021, Mukesh Ambani revealed the ambitious smartphone to help over 300 million 2G users to upgrade to a 4G network in the country. The company has already claimed that this will be the cheapest 4G smartphone in India as well as across the globe. This is not it. The brand has also partnered with search engine giant Google for its latest smartphone.
That being said, Jio did not reveal much about the smartphone during the AGM 2021 meeting. However, as we are inching closer to the availability, the rumour mills are working non-stop to leak some information about the Jio Phone Next. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming smartphone.
Jio Phone Next Expected Sale Date in India
Reliance Jio previously revealed that its next ultra-affordable Jio Phone Next will go on sale in India starting from September 10 on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. However, that didn’t happened. Now, the company has revealed that the upcoming Jio Phone Next will be rolled out ahead of Diwali, which will take place on November 4th. The company also mentioned that the Jio smartphone is currently in advanced trials.
Jio Phone Next Expected Price in India
The upcoming Jio Phone Next is expected to fall under the entry-level segment and is strictly meant for first-time smartphone buyers. There are been multiple reports that indicate the pricing details of the Jio Phone Next and all of them point out that it will be priced at up to Rs 7,000. The phone might be available in different memory and storage configurations and one might expect it to fall under the Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 price segment. Interestingly, previous reports indicated that the phone might be priced under Rs 4,000. But that said, there is still no official confirmation about the exact pricing of Jio Phone Next.
Jio Phone Next Basic and Advanced Variants
Jio Phone Next is said to be available in two variants: Basic and Advanced. Although there is no information on the difference between the two variants, both of them are said to be priced differently. As per a report by ET Now, the Jio Phone Next Basic variant might come with a price tag of Rs 5,000, while the Jio Phone Next Advanced version could be priced at Rs 7,000.
Jio Phone Next Bank Offers
Interestingly, reports also point out that the upcoming entry-level smartphone Jio will come with a host of interesting features and specifications. To start with, a report by ET Now claims that Jio has partnered with multiple banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to finance the Jio Phone Next smartphone to potential customers. The report says that those who want to buy the phone can pay 10 per cent of the price as a down payment and the rest will be financed by the banks.
This simply means that one can Rs 500 or Rs 700 (depending on the variant) to buy the new smartphone. The report mentioned that Jio has secured business of Rs 10,000 crores from institutions like SBI, Piramal Capital, IDFC First Assure, and DMI Finance. Furthermore, it also has credit support worth Rs 2,500 crore from four NBFCs partners.
Jio Phone Next Expected Specifications and Features
The upcoming Jio Phone Next will come loaded with enough power to run the Android operating smoothly. The phone is being developed in partnership with Google, meaning that all the content will be optimised for the smartphone. The company has already claimed that the phone will come with features like voice assistant, translations, AR support in-camera, and more. So, if you are looking to know the features and specifications, here’s what you need to know:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 SoC
The upcoming smartphone from Jio is said to be powered by the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 processor. The chipset features a 1.3GHz quad-core architecture along with Adreno 308 GPU.
13MP Rear Camera
The handset is said to come loaded with a 13-megapixel OmniVision OV13B10 camera on the rear panel. The company has already confirmed that the phone will support HDR for better pictures along with AR capabilities, dedicated night mode, and Snapchat Lenses support. For selfies, the phone is tipped to feature an 8MP selfie camera.
5.5-inch HD Display
The upcoming Jio Phone Next will bear an outdated smartphone design. As per various leaks, one can understand that the phone will come with chunky bezels on the top and bottom panels. The handset is said to offer an HD resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Rumours also suggest that hte phone might come with a 5.5-inch screen.
Other Expected Specifications and Features
The Reliance Jio Phone Next is said to be available in two memory options. The base model might come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while there will be another variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage option. In terms of battery, the handset might come with a 2,500mAh battery and one should expect it to support 5W or 10W charging speeds. Moving on, we all know that the handset will come with an optimised version of Android. The phone will run on Android 11 (Go Edition) and will come loaded with smart features like language translations, voice assistant, Read aloud feature, AR filters, and more.
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