Reliance Jio is developing a new product, tentatively named the ‘JioBook’. Likely to be launched this year, the JioBook is a laptop that will apparently come at a very reasonable price and will be an entry-level laptop targeted at those who are looking to buy their first PC.
Jio’s developing partner is Bluebank Communication Technology, a China-based engineering firm that makes mobile devices and develops software for third parties, according to a report by XDA developers. Reportedly, Jio and Bluebank are sourcing ‘low cost components’ from different vendors, including Samsung. Bluebank has also tested many iterations on the JioBook since the start of its development.
The JioBook or the Jio laptop running on Google’s Android OS likely will be dubbed as ‘JioOS’. Although the laptop currently runs on Android 10, the OS might likely be changed to Windows 10 on ARM later for the final product. The JioBook which is still in its early stages of development, the current prototype is using Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 or sm6125 following the talks held a few years back with Qualcomm Technologies. In order to remain efficient as well as make the laptop reasonable cost-wise, Jio is using Snapdragon 665 which features a built-in 4G LTE modem. Jio is also looking to expand or leverage towards providing cellular connectivity to the 4G network of Reliance Jio with the support of the Snapdragon X12.
The ‘JioBook’ or the Jio laptop apparently started working on the laptop and developing it from early September, last year. The JioBook’s hardware has still not been finalized and has included a recycled keyboard containing a Windows key. However, as mentioned earlier it’s still in its early stage of development and the window key might not be integrated into the final product. The JioBook is expected to enter the stage of Product Validation Test or PVT by April 2021, but a more confirmed time remains unknown.
Reports suggest that the JioBook’s display will have an average resolution of 1366×768 pixels, but again this might change with the final product. Other features that are being expected to be integrated into the JioBook are a mini HDMI connector for video output, WiFi support between the range of 2.4 GHz to 5GHz frequencies, a Qualcomm audio chip, a three-axis accelerometer, and Bluetooth. Because it is a Jio laptop, it is obvious that it will come with preloaded Jio applications, including JioStore, JioMeet, JioPages, and Jio’s ad services along with other applications.
The JioBook might be launched with a different name altogether and is expected to at least be released by the end of this year. This entry-level laptop will gain the attention of many price-conscious consumers likely becoming popular because of its very reasonable price when it releases.