Reliance Jio to launch laptop with built-in cellular connection for 4G connectivity


Reliance Jio is now in talks with chip-maker Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity that will be powered by Windows 10. After amassing a whopping 175 million user base in India, Jio is gearing up to cast an indelible impact in the mobile data space. Here's all that is known about the much-speculated Jio laptop. After 4G smartphones, this could be the next big thing in the country.

According to ETTelecom, Reliance Jio is in talks with Qualcomm to bring these cellular Windows 10 notebooks to India.

Qualcomm is now working on it confirmed Miguel Nunes, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

It needs to be seen whether Reliance Jio builds laptops on its own or contracts them to Chinese OEMs like it does for other devices.

Qualcomm is already working closely with Jio and Reliance Retail for a 4G feature phone and entering the always-connected PC category will strengthen their brand portfolio, the Economic Times reported.

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Qualcomm is already talking to Smartron to bring the Snapdragon 835-powered laptops with cellular connectivity.

Reliance Jio, one of the largest telecom networks in India, is in talks with Qualcomm to bring Snapdragon powered Windows 10 Always Connected PCs in India.

The Reliance Jio 4G laptop is expected to be price tagged with between INR 35,000 and INR 40,000. Reliance Jio evidently wants to make its presence felt among operators beyond smartphones. The move to launch self-branded laptops is said to be targeted at increasing its average revenue per user (ARPU). The Internet is the backbone of nearly every computing and smart devices. This means that user will access internet on the laptop without depending on the Wi-Fi or any data card. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India.

Furthermore, laptops with built-in cellular connectivity options also reduce the security risk that's associated with Internet usage when you connect to "free" public Wi-Fi networks. The chipmaker has confirmed the development, though Reliance Jio is yet to officially issue any confirmation.