Jun 08, 2017 12:36 PM EDT
Reliance Jio is looking to provide momentum to its 4G service by reaching out to the non-smartphone users. The rumored Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Phone will reportedly launch soon and will be coming in two processor variants.
Reliance Retail, the company behind Lyf range of phones, will be launching the Jio 4G feature phones that are already in production, according to 91Mobiles. Reliance is aiming to tap the rural market with these low-cost feature phones that are said to come bundled with Reliance Jio 4G SIM as well as Jio apps.
According to the report, the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Phone will be available with Qualcomm and Spreadtrum chipsets inside. The said device with the Qualcomm chip will cost $28, which is roughly INR 1,800, while the Spreadtrum variant will be a little cheaper at $27 that is approximately INR 1,740.
The company will sell the handsets at subsidized prices initially, as it has with the Reliance Jio 4G mobile services, in a bid to increase its telecom user base of around 110 million. With the subsidy, the Reliance may just offer the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Phone at the previously reported price tag of Rs. 999-1,500.
The Reliance 4G VoLTE phone will feature an alphanumeric keyboard below the screen, according to an image of the phone which was shared with NDTV by an anonymous tipster. The phone will also have dedicated buttons for Jio apps.
Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE Phones will have basic hardware like a 2.4-inch screen, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage with expansion support via microSD cards. The cheapest 4G phone will have a 2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera. Apart from the Jio SIM for 4G connectivity, the phones are also said to have Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, though there is no confirmation yet of the wireless tethering option.
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