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Jio's next gift to Indians: Laptops with SIM cards!

Jio's next gift to Indians: Laptops with SIM cards!

If this comes out to be true then Jio laptops will connect to the Internet automatically when switched on without the need of manual Wi-Fi or LAN connection.

After debuting with smartphones and later launching 4G feature phones and MiFi dongles in India, Reliance Jio's next bet is the prevalent laptop market in India. If reports are to be believed, one can say that there's a huge possibility of Jio entering the laptop market in India.

Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, told the Economic Times that Qualcomm is working with Reliance Jio on this project.

The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has held talks with United States chip major Qualcomm to bring out laptops running the Windows 10 operating system with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market. Qualcomm is closely associated with Reliance Jio and Retail, for its business of 4G feature phone. Smartron confirmed the talks. The Jio laptops will come with in-built 4G connectivity.

Smartron's founder and the CEO, Mahesh Lingareddy said, "Since we already have tbook line of computing products, we are always exploring innovative form factors and devices where we can bring tronX experiences, services, solutions, and support to users". Qualcomm is already working with other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Asus, Lenovo and HP to launch always-connected PCs and Snapdragon 845 powered devices have also been launched in the U.S. by HP and Asus.




As per Counterpoint data, close to five million laptops are sold every year in India with majority connecting to either enterprise or home or public WiFi spots.

As many as 14 major operators have extended support for this, including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in the United States, and others in the UK, Germany, Australia, France and Italy.

Mukesh Ambani-led Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone past year.

Other benefits include instant boot-up, better privacy, and security through integrated mobile connectivity instead of relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots. This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections.


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