Reliance Jio is set to make a splash once again, if rumoursare anything to go by. It is widely expected the company will launch the Rs. 500 Jio feature phone on July 21, the day the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) holds its Annual General Meeting. The Jio feature phone has been in the tech grapevine since early this year, and now two new reports have leaked all the details of the upcoming 4G VoLTE-enabled model, including the specifications, and key features.
Jio feature phone specifications, features
According to a report by TechPP, the Jio feature phone will be sold under the Lyf brand; the company already sells smartphones under the Lyf name. As rumoured previously, the feature phone is said to have a 2.4-inch colour display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, dual SIM functionality (Nano SIM + Standard SIM), 2-megapixel rear camera, and VGA front camera. There’s also a 2000mAh battery, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.1 + LE, and video calling.
On the software side, the Jio feature phone is said to come with ‘KAI OS’, a customised version of the HTML5-based Firefox OS. It will reportedly have an app store named ‘KaiOS Plus’. It will also have an integrated voice assistant with support for Indian languages. In addition, a report by Telecom Talkclaims there will be provision for Wi-Fi tethering too, meaning a user will be able to connect multiple devices using the handset’s Internet connection; the TechPP report, on the other hand, says the handset will have app-specific USB tethering.
The leaked images only show the phone will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, without specifying the make. Previously, Qualcomm and Spreadtrum have been said to be supplying the chipset for the device.
Jio feature phone price
According to an HSBC research note, the Jio feature phone price in India will be Rs. 500, after subsidising the manufacturing cost. The company is said to have placed an order of 18-20 million units for the handsets with Chinese vendors such as Zhejiang Techain Electronics Technology Co., Shenzhen CHINO-E Communication Co, Crave and Megaphone. The handset is expected to be unveiled on July 21, but hit the market in August.[“source-gadgets.ndtv”]