With the initial work on the Jio 4G rollout almost over, Reliance is now reportedly working on a Jio-powered laptop for the Indian market. The laptop, which is likely to have a 13.3-inch screen size, will be aimed at travellers and users who need computer on the go. It will — obviously — come with a Jio SIM card already inside it, which will provide the web connectivity through a 4G network to the laptop user. This means that the users won’t have to use any dongle to get the internet connection on Jio laptop. The laptop will also reportedly allow VoLTE calls.
The report comes courtesy PhoneRadar, which says the laptop will be sourced from Foxconn that has built a similar computer for InFocus. The SIM slot in the Jio laptop will be placed at its left side.
Jio’s 4G laptop may run on Windows or Chrome OS, most probably the latter one as it supports all the Android-based Jio apps. Reportedly, the laptop will sport a 13.3-inch FullHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The report also states that the there will be an HD camera placed above the display for making video calls and that the laptop will powered by a current-generation Intel Pentium quad-core processor.
Jio laptop specifications
In terms of storage, the rumoured Jio laptop will have 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC or 128GB SDD storage on board. On the design front, the laptop will have magnesium alloy body with 12.2mm thickness and 1.2kg weight. The reports states that there will have slim keyboard without any number pad on it.
Although this Jio laptop sounds rather exciting, hold on to your hopes for now. There is nothing official about it. India Today tech has reached out to Jio for a comment and this story will be updated when we get a statement.
At the same time, the specifications of the laptop look too good to be true. Jio, which also sells Lyf phones, is mostly focussed on the lower and mainstream ends of the market right now. This is the reason why most of the Lyf phones are priced less than Rs 20,000. Some of them sell for a price of as low as Rs 5,000. But the specifications hint that the rumoured Jio laptop will be a high-end machine, possibly costing around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 at minimum. It looks very much similar to the Xiaomi Notebook or MacBook Air.
4G laptop a good idea
Although the idea itself is not bad. A laptop with a wireless connection provided through a dedicated SIM slot is an enticing idea and often many laptop users have demanded a laptop with SIM connectivity from companies like Apple, which makes MacBook. In a country like India where wired connectivity is bad and availability of good Wi-Fi poor, a laptop with dedicated 4G SIM card inside it can be useful to many users.
If there is a company that can really launch such a laptop and pull it off it is Jio. The company, since it rolled out Jio service in September last year, has been in the news for its unconventional business ways. Since its launch, Jio continues to be a free service. It earlier launched a line of 4G smartphones under brand name Lyf that saw a crazy sale because of the Jio SIM that come bundled with it. There are also rumours that company is working on DTH services and may launch it soon. It is also working on Jio Fibre, a wired internet service, as well as already sells 4G dongles.