reliance Jio is looking to outsource and manufacture over 10 crore low-cost smartphones in India.The low-cost phones will be built on Google’s Android, as per a report by Business Standard.
The phones which will be bundled by data packs are slated for December 2020 or early next year.It is not clear if these phones will have 4G or 5G connectivity.
At Reliance’s virtual annual general meeting in July, Reliance CEO, Mukesh Ambani announced Reliance Jio’s commercial pact with Google to jointly develop entry-level affordable 4G and possibly 5G smartphones for a ‘2G mukt Bharat’ (free of 2G India) in the future.
The announcement came after Google invested Rs 33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for a 7.7 percent stake.“We believe we can design an entry-level 4G or even 5G smartphone for a fraction of its current cost.To power such a value-engineered smartphone, we also need an equally value-engineered operating system, and such an operating system must be designed from grounds-up,” Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries had said.
The low-cost Android phones will also attract more subscribers to Reliance plans from other telecom companies who still offer a 2G/3G network on low-cost smartphones.