Telecom giant Reliance Jio is working hard on its hardware offerings, launching phones and laptops in the budget segment. The company introduced its second laptop, JioBook (2023) earlier this year in July at an aggressive price of Rs. 16,499. It looks like Jio now intends to expand its PC lineup, with a new report claiming that the company will invest around Rs. It is planning to launch a cloud laptop in the market. 15,000. The cloud laptop, which will reduce the high costs associated with shipping laptops by working with Jio Cloud, will launch in India in the coming months.
A report The Mukesh Ambani-owned telecom company is in talks with top manufacturers like HP, Acer and Lenovo to launch laptops in the country in a few months, Economic Times said on Saturday.
Citing a senior Jio official, the ET report claims that the laptop will be a “dumb terminal” with all its processing and storage functions performed on Jio cloud infrastructure, reducing the need for expensive hardware and resulting in Cost of ownership will reduce. Laptop. Keep in mind, however, that a cloud-based computer will need an always-on Internet connection to access the storage, processing, and other functionalities from the cloud that a regular laptop would be able to do natively.
“The price of a laptop depends on its hardware like memory, processing power, chipset etc. The larger capacity of these hardware increases the cost as well as battery power. What we are doing is that we are removing all this and the entire processing of the laptop will be on the back end in Jio Cloud,” ET quoted a Jio official as saying.
The report also says that Jio plans to bundle the laptop with a monthly cloud subscription, just like Apple’s iCloud or Google One subscriptions. However, pricing for the cloud subscription will be finalized later. The cloud subscription will also likely bundle multiple Jio services, with exclusive features available on the higher tier plan.
The report says that the proposed cloud laptop is currently being tested on HP Chromebooks. Additionally, Cloud PC software can also be accessed on existing devices, such as desktops or smart TVs, without purchasing a cloud-based device.
Back in September, Jio launched its AirFiber, a digital entertainment and Wi-Fi service that offers access to over 550 digital TV channels with subscription to over 16 OTT apps. For users with limited fiber internet access at their location, Jio’s AirFiber services provide Wi-Fi-like internet connection based on 5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access). Jio AirFiber is now available in 262 cities in India, with plans starting at Rs. 599 per month.
In July, the company launched JioBook (2023), the successor to the first JioBook introduced last year. The latest JioBook is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT8788 processor and runs on Android-based JioOS operating system.
Earlier this month, Jio also launched the JioPhone Prima 4G feature phone for Rs. 2,599. The phone runs on KaiOS platform and supports popular apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Search, Facebook and many Jio services. There is speculation that the company is also working on a 5G handset.
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