Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is silently working on a new Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone — under the company’s Lyf sub-brand — with its ticket to fame being its ultra-affordable price tag. The feature phone, although it would be a dumb phone for most millennials, would be more feature packed than an other feature phone in the market right now and yet cost just Rs 500. RIL is expected to make some sort of announcement regarding the phone on July 21. But well before that happens, a couple of reports doing the rounds of the Internet claim to have received a first-hand view of the feature phone in question. Take a look:
Jio VoLTE Feature Phone Specifications:
Processor: Jio’s Lyf Rs 500 4G VoLTE feature phone may be powered by a Snapdragon 205 SoC, a processor Qualcomm has made specifically for ultra-affordable 4G VoLTE phones. Alternatively, the feature phone may also be powered by a Spreadtrum-based SoC, something that is quite common in entry-level smartphones.
Internal storage: 4GB internal storage which will be expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot.
Screen: 2.4-inch colour
Rear camera: 2-megapixel
Software: Kai OS, which is said to be a custom fork of Firefox OS (for phones).
Connectivity: Cat 4 LTE Band 3,5,40, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi (but no Wi-Fi tethering) and USB tethering support for specific apps. The phone is also said to come with Bluetooth 4.1, VoLTE, VoWiFi and Video Calling support out-of-the-box.
Jio VoLTE Feature Phone Special features:
— Going by the speculated spec-sheet of Jio’s soon-to-launch ultra-affordable 4G feature phone, well, it seems like it could be a feature phone in just body while offering almost all the features of an entry-level smartphone.
— The phone essentially has an all-plastic candy-bar body design with a textured back. The T9 keypad on-board will support both Hindi and English.The home button in the center will serve as a dedicated shortcut for lighting up the torch as well.
— The feature phone will come with 4G VoLTE support and will support only Reliance Jio SIM (two in-fact), which clearly shows that this phone is aimed at increasing the subscriber base of Jio. Chances are the phone may launch with certain specific launch-day offers as well.
— The feature phone will have a dedicated app store called the KaiOS Plus, and will be able to run some Jio apps like Jio TV, Jio Cinema, and a few more. Moreover, Facebook and WhatsApp support is also said to be on the cards.
Jio VoLTE Feature Phone India price and availability:
Reliance Jio will most likely launch its long-rumoured Rs 500 feature phone at its annual general meeting (AGM) on July 21. The company is however not giving away any of its cards yet, which means that we will have to take every speculation around the device with a pinch of salt. Also, chances are — and going by the speculated specs — Jio’s upcoming phone may cost a little over Rs 500 when it hits the shelves, although it would still be priced at under Rs 1,000.