Early this month, we saw a report of a laptop from Reliance Jio named JioBook being in development including a few of its specs. Now, a report by Economic times says that both the JioBook laptop and the entry-level 5G smartphone could debut at RIL(Reliance Industries Limited)’s AGM.
As per the report, the 5G smartphone, which is being developed in partnership with Google, will get through the R&D stage by the May-June period. Citing people familiar with the matter, it says that the launch could very well be during the Annual General Meeting(AGM) of Reliance Industries.
Last year, the AGM held on July 15, 2020, and this time it’s likely to be around August-September if the report is right. Speaking of last year, the Indian Telecom giant revealed that Google had invested in the Jio Platforms Ltd for a 7.73% equity stake.
This, along with 5G adoption and introducing an entry-level smartphone, came up as announcements in the 2021 meeting. Reliance Jio is expected to bring 5G to the country at this very AGM and the services will launch sometime in H2 2021.
Coming back, along with the 5G smartphone, the JioBook laptop is likely to appear at the event as well. Recently, the Indian Government conducted a spectrum auction where the companies raised their 4G capacity and Jio spent the most(₹20,000 crore).
To expand its services across products, Jio is seriously looking to enter into the product ecosystem with a 5G smartphone and laptop. This will pave way for it to bring products with deeper integration of Jio services, always-connected devices with the Jio network, and more.
We saw evidences of this in the JioBook where the company’s test unit was found using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 chipset with 4G LTE support, run JioOS(preloaded with Jio services) that’s based on Google’s Android.
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