Chip shortage: Jio-Google smartphone launch delayed, now expected during Diwali festive season
The much-anticipated JioPhone Next will now be available during the Diwali festive season, according to a statement released by Reliance Jio and Google on Thursday midnight. Jio and Google are working together to create the cheapest 4G made-for-India smartphone.
During the company’s annual general meeting in June, the chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani made a few announcements. “The launch date for the JioPhone next is set for September 10, on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Both companies have begun testing JioPhone Next with a restricted set of consumers for further refinement. The firms are actively working to make it available more widely in time for the Diwali festival season. This extra time will also aid in alleviating the present worldwide chip shortages”.
The new JioPhone Next
JioPhone Next is the first-of-its-kind handset with an optimized Android and Play Store operating system. The device and its operating system will include premium features that have previously been associated with more powerful smartphones; for instance: voice-first features that allow users to consume content and navigate the phone in their native language. Furthermore, the device will provide a great camera experience and access to the most recent Android feature and security updates.
The phone also includes interesting features such as the Google Assistant; automated read-aloud and language translation for any on-screen content; a smart camera with India-centric filters, and more.
JioPhone Next price
There is no official confirmation about the pricing of the low-cost smartphone, yet it is likely to be under Rs 5,000. Ambani expressed optimism that with the launch of JioPhone Next, the 300 million subscribers who are currently using 2G feature phones would upgrade to 4G services. The phone specially aims at users who will experience the internet for the first time
Through its earlier JioPhone which was not really a smartphone but featured several functions that normal feature phones do not offer. Jio was able to build up its subscriber base dramatically. Analysts believe that a low-cost smartphone will help Jio get more subscribers while also increasing its average revenue per user. For more such updates, keep watching this space!