GUWAHATI: Reliance Jio is reportedly set to launch affordable Android phones later this year. The telco may use its partnership with Google to make this happen. The new report from Business Standard quotes sources saying it will make 10 crore units of this device. The low-cost part of the phone will be facilitated by Jio, who will offer the device with bundled data plans. This is similar to how users can buy the JioPhone 4G feature phone right now. Also Read – Reliance JioFiber to offer free Netflix, Amazon Prime Video subscription with select plans
Jio has partnered with Google to develop a new Android-based smartphone OS. The two companies will work together to make entry level 4G smartphones as well as an entry level 5G smartphone. And it’s possible the first device from this partnership could be unveiled in few months time. Also Read – Reliance JioFiber users can access JioNews via set-top-box
The leading telecom player saw good demand for its first 4G feature phone few years back. And it believes that more users in India need to experience 4G, thereby shedding their 2G-powered phones. “There are many feature phone users who are itching to upgrade to a conventional smartphone if only it was somehow more affordable,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, RIL. Also Read – Reliance Jio launches special prepaid recharge plans for cricket lovers
Jio to compete with Chinese mobile giants
Pricing always plays a crucial part in determining interest of buyers in the country. This trait has helped brands from China like Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo to offer quality products at lower price point. Allowing them to build a strong foundation in the market and displacing the local brands.