Jio partnered with Google to bring Jio Phone Next, the first Android smartphone from the telecom giant in India. The phone launches this Diwali and customers can get the phone for a price as low as Rs 1999, but of course, they will have to keep paying with the recharge plans. The phone runs Paragati OS, based on Android and optimised for Indian consumers. The phone brings some features that are exclusive to Indian consumers and also offers Google’s Camera Go, a lighter version of Google’s Camera App which carries some of the core features like portrait mode and night mode.
This is the third phone from Jio, after Jio Phone 2 and Jio Phone and it’s also the first one that runs Android, letting users explore a world of millions of apps and services at their fingertips. The upfront price of the device is, however, Rs 6,499. So, should you get a Jio Phone Next or are there better alternatives? Let’s find out.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Price in India
As I already mentioned, the upfront cost of the phone is Rs 6,499 which is neither a very small amount nor a huge amount. However, customers can get it by paying Rs 1,999 and then they can pay the rest in the form of EMIs for the next 18 months or 24 months, bundled with data plans that Jio is offering. We have explained the whole process, which you can read to know more. Jio Phone 2 was much cheaper carrying a price tag of Rs 2,999 and the Jio Phone was launched at a price of Rs 1,999. Though Jio Phone was reintroduced in 2021 with a slightly higher price.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Recharge Plans
The Jio Phone Next is offered with four plans, that include the EMIs as well for those who grab the phone for Rs. 1,999. The first plan is called the Always-on Plan. Users opting for the plan will have to pay Rs 350 for 18 months or Rs 300 for 24 months, and they can get 5GB of data per month along with 100 minutes of free calling.
Customers going for the Large Plan can choose to pay either Rs 500 for 18 months or Rs 450 for 24 months, and in return, they will get 1.5GB of data per day alongside unlimited calling. Under the XL Plan, users will pay Rs 550 for 18 months or Rs 500 for 24 months, and this plan offers 2GB of data per day and unlimited calling. There is an XXL Plan as well, offering 2.5GB of data per day with unlimited voice. However, users who opt for this plan will have to shell out Rs 600 for 18 months or Rs 500 for 24 months.
Jio Phone 2 and Jio Phone didn’t have such plans that include monthly EMIs. Users, after purchasing the device could recharge with any of the Jio Phone plans offered by Jio to continue the service.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Design
The latest phone from Jio, is a modern-looking smartphone, with some elements from the past. The biggest highlight of the phone is probably the removable back and battery. Apart from that, the phone has huge bezels around the display. Except for these, the Jio Phone Next is a modern-looking smartphone.
Jio Phone 2 was also very distinctive with a horizontal display and a QWERTY keyboard that kind of reminds us of Blackberry phones and Jio Phone was a plain simple bar phone, that could do a bit more than most bar phones, but nothing more than that. The 2021 variant of the Jio Phone was, however, a bit improved, with a sleeker design.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Display
The phone comes with an HD+ display with a tall aspect ratio, but with big bezels around whereas, both Jio Phone Jio Phone 2 came with a smaller 2.4-inch display with a resolution of just 240p. In terms of display, there is surely a big upgrade and it will ensure a proper multimedia experience for users.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Performance
The phone can perform way better than its ancestors, thanks to the Qualcomm 215 SoC, which is capable of running Pragati OS, or basically the Android Go version. Jio Phone 2 came only with an unnamed dual-core processor and the Jio Phone was powered by Spreadtrum SC9820A. Though all these SoCs support 4G with VoLTE, in terms of performance, the Qualcomm 215 is surely a notch above the rest.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Features
Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 were phones that offered a limited multimedia experience and social media apps. Apps like Facebook and WhatsApp were available and on the Jio’s App Store, many popular apps like BookMyShow, FirstPost etc. were available. Users could also use the Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 to connect to their TV and watch their favourite TV shows, sports and movies. Both these phones run Kai OS.
Jio Phone Next, however, improves many things like support for apps. Instead of Jio’s App Store, as the phone runs Pragati OS, based on Android, now users can install millions of apps and games. It brings all the bells and whistles of Android and that’s the USP of the phone. Apart from that, the phone brings some very nice camera features like portrait mode and night mode.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Cameras
Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 had identical rear camera setups. Both these phones came with a 2-megapixel camera on the back. While Jio Phone 2’s camera with an LED flash, Jio Phone offered a camera without flash. Both the phones used to have a VGA front-facing camera. The phone brings huge upgrades in terms of the camera. The phone carries a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back with an LED flash and there is an 8-megapixel camera on the front as well. So, in terms of camera, this is a big upgrade over the previous phones from Jio.
Reliance Jio Phone Next vs Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone: Battery
Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 came with a 2000mAh battery whereas the Jio Phone Next packs a bigger 3500mAh battery. However, with limited connectivity, features and low-resolution display, the older phones from Jio can beat Jio Phone Next in terms of battery backup as the phone has a way bigger 720p display that would drain the battery faster.
Overall, Jio Phone Next is a big upgrade over Jio Phone 2 or Jio Phone. It opens the door to millions of apps and services. However, if someone wants to get his first smartphone, there are better options available out there and Airtel is already offering Rs 6,000 cashback for its customers who upgrade to a new smartphone worth under Rs. 12,000 bringing down the effective price to half. There are many phones available under Rs. 10,000 that are better than Jio Phone Next and some of them are eligible for cashback from Airtel.
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