Reliance Jio 4G feature phone hands-on

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

Jio Rs 500 Smartphone: Now, Jio entering into the smartphone sector after stirring the telecom space with its freebies and unlimited calling service. A report leaked last week revealed that Jio will most possibly launch a feature device worth Rs 500 at its annual general meeting (AGM) on July 21, but the company hasn't confirmed anything about it yet.

Freshly leaked live images of the phone with the LYF branding have been making waves on the internet, thanks to TechPP and TelecomTalk who have shared the phone's details with identical image renderings on their website. And both the renders look pretty much similar. However, the leaked report suggests that the 4G feature phone could cost around Rs 1,499.

Along with the device, the company is also expected to launch cheaper data plans, reducing the average revenue per user (ARPU). Further, the leaked reports reveal nearly the complete specs and pricing details of Jio's feature phone.

HTML5 platform support with Audio/Video tags to run Jio HTML5 apps and popular third-party HTML5 apps.

The device comes with a 2.4-inch color display with 512 MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage and a 2MP snapper at the back. And also at the bottom, the device has a dual language keypad at the bottom.

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The phone also has a big button which indicates the presence a torch light on the device. Also, there appears to be a microSD card slot on board supporting expandable storage support up to 128GB. There is no information regarding processor that the device contains. Although, Qualcomm previously announced Snapdragon 205 SoC, specifically for 4G VoLTE phones.

This new move will be another major disruption after Reliance Jio's mega launch of Jio 4G services back in September previous year. This may have a disadvantage for the company. Because, not every has a Jio SIM, which will definitely limit them from purchasing the phone. Besides the microSD card slot, two SIM card slots, of which one will be a nano SIM slot. The feature phone will be capable of running the Jio suite of apps such as Jio Cinema and Jio TV.

Out of the box, the feature phone runs on KAI OS based on Firefox OS.

The report also hints at the potential specifications of the smartphone.

Other reports by BadHub

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