Reliance Jio may launch a laptop that would contribute 4G LTE support. Reliance Jio has already begun working on a “larger screen device,” which is considered to be called JioBook in September last year and will relinquish its Product Validation Test step by April this year, according to an online statement.
The laptop device is in progress and is expected to extend through the first half of 2021. JioBook will reportedly work on Android OS that could be dubbed JioOS. Jio Book’s firmware could also highlight Jio apps.
For the Jio Book, Jio is reportedly combing partnered with China-based engineering firm Bluebank Communication Technology, as per documents reviewed by XDA.
Bluebank produces mobile devices, develops software for third-parties, and creates products that run KaiOS, a mobile operating system also featured on JioPhones.
The company has also posted pictures of both generations of Reliance’s JioPhone on its official website.
According to a 2018 Economic Times article, American chipmaker Qualcomm talked with Reliance Jio to launch laptops with cellular connectivity.
The report declares that Reliance CEO Mukesh Ambani had then considered running the potential laptop on a Windows 10 operating system (OS) with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market.
However, the company has now changed from formerly discussed where components and software are involved, the report notes.
XDA Developers describes that the current Jio Book prototype currently uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 (sm6125), an 11nm chipset declared in early 2019.
The chipset highlights a built-in 4G LTE modem, the Snapdragon X12, that the JioBook will possibly leverage to produce cellular connectivity to Reliance Jio’s expansive 4G network.
Jio Book has been examined in several iterations, and two models were reported by the report– the first one with a 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM joined with 32GB of eMMC storage and the second one with a 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage.
XDA had also received a leaked image of what the JioBook seemed like in the Engineering Validation Test when it did not have made hardware.
However, the story now reflects that the keyboard with Windows key, as observed in the image, will be replaced in the final product.
Getting to the connectivity alternatives, the laptop may feature a mini HDMI connector for video output, support for WiFi over 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies, Bluetooth, a three-axis accelerometer, and a Qualcomm audio chip.
It is also possible to appear with JioStore, JioMeet, and JioPages pre-installed on the JioBook.
The report also perceives that Microsoft apps such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Edge, and Office. However, the Jio Book does not own any of the Google apps pre-installed as it is considered to feature the Snapdragon 665 and Android.
The report notes that pre-installing Google’s suite of applications needs a license to distribute Google Mobile Services, which raises the product’s price.
Last year, Jio partnered with Google to operate on low-cost Android smartphones. The mobiles that data packs will bundle are considered to launch in the initial quarter of 2021.
The movement came after Google invested Rs 33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for a 7.7 percent stake last.