According to two people who spoke to Reuters, Reliance Jio will introduce a low-cost laptop (Reliance Jio 4G Laptop) with an inbuilt 4G sim card for $184 (15,000 Indian rupees), hoping to duplicate the success of its low-cost JioPhone in India’s very price-sensitive market.
For the JioBook, the Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate has worked with tech behemoths Qualcomm and Microsoft, with the former providing its computer chips, which are based on Arm Ltd. technology, and the Windows OS maker providing support for some apps.
With more than 420 million customers, Jio is India’s largest telecom provider. Jio did not immediately react to a request for comment.
The Reliance Jio 4G Laptop will be made accessible to business users this month, including universities and government agencies, with a consumer launch likely within the next three months, according to sources. As with the JioPhone, a 5G-enabled version will follow.
“This will be as big as JioPhone,” one of the sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
According to Counterpoint, the device has been India’s best-selling sub-$100 smartphone since its late-year launch, holding a fifth of the market for the past three quarters.
According to one of the sources, Flex, a local contract manufacturer, would produce the JioBook (Reliance Jio 4G Laptop), with Jio hoping to sell “hundreds of thousands” of them by the end of March.