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India’s Reliance Jio to launch 4G enabled low-cost laptop at $184: Report

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India’s biggest telecom operator Jio is going to launch a budget laptop priced at $184 (15,000 Indian rupees). This laptop will arrive with an embedded 4G sim card, aiming to replicate the success of its low-cost JioPhone in India’s highly price-sensitive market, two sources told Reuters.

The Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate has partnered with global giants Qualcomm and Microsoft for the JioBook, with the former powering its computing chips based on technology from Arm Ltd, and the Windows OS maker providing support for some apps.

The laptop will be available to enterprise customers such as schools and government institutes from this month. The laptops will be available to other customers within the next three months, as per the sources

Jio is going to launch a low-cost JioBook laptop soon

The JioBook will produce locally by contract manufacturer Flex with Jio aiming to sell “hundreds of thousands” of units by March, one of the sources said. Overall PC shipments in India stood at 14.8 million units last year, led by HP, Dell, and Lenovo, according to research firm IDC.

The launch of the JioBook will extend the total addressable laptop market segment by at least 15 percent, Counterpoint analyst Tarun Pathak said. The laptop will run Jio’s own JioOS operating system. Customers can download the apps from the JioStore. Jio is also pitching the laptop as an alternative to tablets for out-of-the-office corporate employees.

Jio, which raised around $22 billion from global investors such as KKR & Co Inc and Silver Lake in 2020. It is credited with disrupting the world’s no. 2 mobile market when it launched cheap 4G data plans and free voice services in 2016. Later, it provides the 4G smartphone at a cost of just $81.

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