Reliance Jio to launch 4G laptops powered by Snapdragon 835

Reliance Jio to launch 4G laptops powered by Snapdragon 835

Reliance Jio to launch 4G laptops powered by Snapdragon 835

Reliance Jio is now targeting the laptop market in India, after completing talks with American chipmaker Qualcomm. The report says that Jio is in talks with Qualcomm to bring laptops running Windows 10 OS and will pack integrated SIM cards for cellular connectivity in India.

Having said that, Indian technology brand Smartron too is in talks with Qualcomm to bring Snapdragon 835-powered laptops to the market with cellular connectivity. "They could take the device and bundle it with data and content", Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, told ET. The company is working with major PC manufacturers for the "always-connected personal computers". Leading cellular operators have extended their support for such devices. Apart of this Qualcomm is already working with Jio and Reliance retail on 4G smartphones.

The intent to develop such a laptop is being attributed to increasing the average revenue per user (ARPU) for Reliance Jio. With JioPhone, Reliance Jio wants those people to get on to the 4G bandwagon who can not afford buying even the entry-level smartphones.

According to the reports of Counterpoint data, approximately 5 million laptops are sold in India every year and majority get connectivity from the public, home or enterprise WiFi spots.

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In comparison, Reliance Jio is providing 2GB data per day, unlimited voice calls, free roaming, 100 SMSs free per day and access to Jio apps at Rs 198, with a validity of 28 days. Soon this will be a reality - A laptop with a sim card.

Over 5 million notebooks are sold in India every year according to Counterpoint Research, with most relying on enterprise, home, or public Wi-Fi spots. This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections. Hence, there will be some performance differences if you compare these laptops with the mainstream laptops that are powered by Intel's (or even AMD) processors.

Reliance Jio has not released any official statement regarding this. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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