The Mukesh Ambani Led Reliance Jio, has disrupted such a war in the telecom market with its free 4G services & cheaper price, that telecom companies like Airtel, Vodafone & others become berseck offering special plans and offers to compete with World’s fastest mobile network operator to cross the 100 million subscribers landmark.
The company commercially launched its services on 5 September 2016. Within the first month of commercial operations, Jio announced that it had acquired 16 million subscribers. This is the fastest ramp-up by any mobile network operator anywhere in the world. Jio crossed 50 million subscriber mark in 83 days since its launch. Jio crossed 100 million subscribers on 22 February 2017.
The Company was reportedly working on bringing a 4G VoLTE enabled Feature phone which was buzzing the rumour mills from a long time. the device is back in news thanks to the leaked images and specifications which were reported first by our friends at TechPP.
As per report, The 4G enabled Jio feature phone will be sold under the Lyf Brand which is Jio’s sister company. it bears a 2.4-inch colour display with T9 keypad and 4-way Navigation key and a dedicated key for Torchlight. it device will be packed with 512MB RAM paired with 4GB of internal storage and supports storage expansion up-to 128GB via MicroSD card. the device is powered by a 1.2GHz processor but, it is not specified whether that its from Qualcomm or Spreadtrum.
The Jio feature phone also sports 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA camera on the front and is packed with 2000 mAh battery. it also includes connectivity options like Dual SIM (Nano SIM + Standard SIM) Bluetooth 4.1 + LE, FM radio and video calling.
The device runs on KAI OS which is reported as customized version of the HTML5-based Firefox Operating system.
Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone detailed specifications
• Screen size: 2.4-inch
• Form factor: Bar with T9 keypad and 4-way Navkey
• Connectivity : Cat 4 LTE Band 3,5,40
• OS: KAI OS
• RAM: 512 MB
• Flash: 4GB
• SD Card: 128 GB
• SIM: Dual SIM (mini SIM + nano SIM)
• Front Camera: VGA
• Rear Camera: 2MP
• Battery: Li-ion 3.7V 2000 mAh
• Bluetooth: 4.1 + BLE
• FM Radio: Integrated
• Audio: 2030 or equivalent loud mono speaker
• USB Tethering support (App specific)
• MTP Support for data transfer
• Wi-Fi Support for VoWiFi and data offload (No Wi-Fi tethering/HotSpot)
• GPS Support
• MIMO (Dual antenna for receiver diversity)
• PIMS and standard apps (Contacts, Messages, Setting, Camera, Photos, Music, Calendar, FM, Browser, Video, File Manager, Notes, Calculator, Clock, Games etc.)
• FOTA and Subsidy Lock
• VoLTE and Video Calling
• VoWiFi Support
• HTML5 platform support with Audio/Video tags to run Jio HTML5 apps and popular third-party HTML5 apps.
• Platform adaptation for Native Services integration with HTML5
• Indian regional language support (14 scripts with 22 Indian official languages)
• SAR value: 1.215W/kg
The highlight feature of the device is that it is built-in with a Voice Assistant that supports Indian languages and can inform current weather forecast and more. it is also packed with support for Jio apps like Jio TV, Jio Cinema out-of-the box and further has also an app store named as KAI OS Plus with Facebook and other Jio apps listed over there.
The Jio 4G enabled feature phone is expected to price at Rs. 1,499 and supports three LTE bands – Band 3, 5 and 4, with no support for 2G or 3G bands which is done intentionally to make sure that phone only works with Reliance Jio.
Another report from Gadget 360, report suggests that the company has placed an order for 18-20 million units of devices from Chinese vendors Zhejiang Techain Electronics Technology Co., Shenzhen CHINO-E Communication Co, Crave and Megaphone. the device is expected to announce on July 21 at Reliance Industries Annual General Meeting.
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