JioPhone Next: Ultra-Affordable Android Smartphone Officially Launched in India

On Thursday, November 4, the most-awaited ultra-affordable and budget-centric Android smartphone, JioPhone Next made in partnership with Google, officially launched in India.

The world’s biggest search engine giant “Google” and India’s number one telecommunications company “Jio,” operated by Reliance Industries unveiled JioPhone Next made only for Indian consumers and manufactured in Tirupati, Andra Pradesh.

The all-new ultra-affordable smartphone running on Pragati OS, an extremely optimized Android-based operating system that includes many customized and essential features, including the functionality to translate text on the screen in up to 10 Indian languages.

For this special JioPhone Next launch in India’s biggest festival, Mukesh Ambani said:

I believe, in the next 20 years, as a human civilisation, we will collectively achieve more than what has been achieved in the last 300 years. We are at the beginning of new era.
JioPhone Next – Specifications

Display:

  • 5.45-inch HD+ Multitouch Display with up to adaptive 60Hz refresh rate
  • 720 x 1440 pixel resolution
  • Protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Anti-fingerprint Coating

Cameras:

  • Triple Rear Camera Setup:
    • 13MP primary-wide-angle lens with f-1/3 aperture
    • Scene Modes, HDR Mode, Night Mode, Portrait Mode, Photo, Video, Translate, Timer settings
  • Front Camera:
    • 8MP wide-angle front-facing camera with f-1/4 aperture
    • Video Recording support forup to 1080p 30fps (in both cameras)

Internals:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QM215 octa-core processor based on 8nm technology
  • GPU: Adreno 308
  • Operating System: Pragati OS

Connectivity:

  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • MicroUSB port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual nano-SIM

Battery:

  • 3500 mAh removable battery
  • Charging: 5V/1.5A

Variants:

  • 2GB RAM and 32GB Storage
  • (Storage can be expanded up to 512GB through MicroSD Card

Colors:

  • Blue
  • Black

With the primary help of Jio, Google is aiming to provide ahead of 2G technology to a maximum of 300 million Indian users with an entry-level and budget-centric smartphone and faster networks.

Last month, a chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani said in a statement:

"I have always been a firm believer in the power of the Digital Revolution. In the past, the company has enriched, enabled, and empowered the lives of 1.35 billion Indians with connectivity. Now, it is doing the same thing but with a smartphone device."
Pricing and Availability

The JioPhone Next will be available in the Indian market at the actual cost of ₹6,499 and if you choose equated monthly installments (EMIs), then you have to pay first ₹2,000 and ₹300 (in the base plan) per monthly installment.

If you are interested in purchasing, you can register your new ultra-affordable smartphone from Jio’s official website. However, the exact availability date is still unclear.

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