Here is the first look at the upcoming reliance Jio 4G VOLTE phone. The images were leaked from several sources today, and the phone is alleged to be priced at Rs. 1299.
It is not a smartphone but a feature phone with data as well as HD voice call support. Reliance JIO plans to bridge the gap for people who can’t afford a 4G Volte smartphone but want to use the JIO network primarily for voice calling and also use data. There is flood of cheap 4G Volte phones coming in India, we recently wrote about some of the cheap and Best Volte phones you can get,
Most of the 4G VOLTE smartphones are currently priced at Rs. 4000 or higher, barring few exceptions. The entry barrier is still high for the rural customers who still want to use the feature phone.
As the above image suggests the phone comes with direct access buttons for MyJio, Jio Live TV, Jio video and Jio Music below the display. It is meant to lower the entry cost for a phone which can be used for internet services and has the ease of using it with the direct access buttons.
The phone does not come with a touch display, fingerprint scanner or even the front camera. It might have a back camera but not visible in the image. The Jio budget phone has T9 keypad and D-pad in the center like most of the budget feature phones.
In an earlier article there were some details which we shared about JIO in talks with the processor manufacturers like spreadtrum , Mediatek and Qualcomm to enable the 4G VOLTE calling feature in some of the chipset. It is likely the processor is from Spreadtrum and has an inbuilt modem for 4G HD call connectivity.
Reliance JIO is also said to launch some more cheaper smartphone even below Rs. 1,000 in 2017 to give subscriber addition another push. What will be more interesting to see is how the battery back up holds for these phones on a 4G network, which is a battery drainer.
Most feature phones are 2G compatible and have very long battery life, it will be intriguing to observe how the battery life is optimized in these 4G feature phones. Reliance JIO as per the latest report has acquired 74.2 Million users and is on track of acquiring 100 Million customers by the end of Happy New Year offer, which will end on 31st March 2017.
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