Reliance Jio partnered with Google for launching an entry-level smartphone JioPhone 5G running the Android operating system.
The phone, which is being developed in partnership with Google, has already crossed the Research & Development stage and the company is exploring the option of sourcing components from the likes of Tata Electronics.
Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that it is working closely with Reliance Jio to launch the 5G smartphone for Indian consumers soon. Pichai didn’t reveal the launch timeline, and neither has Reliance Jio yet.
New media reports suggest that the Jio-Google 5G smartphone aka the JioPhone 5G will launch around October – November, which is around Diwali this year.
5G smartphone is currently being tested in the manufacturing facilities of “Dixon Technologies, Flextronics Technologies, UTL Neolyncs, and Wingtech Mobiles”.
Reports also reveal that the JioPhone 5G smartphone has already crossed the R&D (research and development) stage. The telecom operator is reportedly looking to source the components for it from companies like Tata Electronics. Jio still hasn’t confirmed these details yet
As per the latest reports, the upcoming Google-Jio 5G smartphone could be priced below $50, which comes roughly around Rs 3650.
Overall, it is likely that the phone could be priced at around Rs 3500. It also added that the pre-bookings of the 5G JioPhone could start soon. The official timeline hasn’t been revealed yet.
Sources close to the development said that Google’s role in this project is to optimise the software for the 5G device while Wingtech will design the hardware. The report further suggests that other vendors involved will be working on assembling the smartphone.
There’s a possibility that the upcoming smartphone’s specifications and pricing could be announced at Reliance‘s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is scheduled on 24th June
Jio is going to target the feature phone users and the existing JioPhone users as well. the JioPhone 5G launching is yet to be reveleved.