Reliance launches JioBook, its maiden Android-powered laptop • TechCrunch

Jio Platforms has quietly launched its first laptop computer, getting into into a brand new product class because the Indian telecom large aggressively expands its choices.

The laptop computer, referred to as JioBook, runs JioOS, a customized Android-based OS that has been “optimized for superior efficiency” and native languages assist. The laptop computer, manufactured in India, is promoting at 15,799 Indian rupees, or $190.

The JioBook, which additionally ships bundled with a number of Jio apps and Microsoft 365 companies, has been within the works for no less than two years. The corporate quietly demonstrated it at Indian Cellular Congress commerce present occasion final month.

JioBook’s specs, as you’d have guessed, are usually not very high-end. It sports activities a 11.6-inch HD show with a display screen decision of 1366 x 768. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit, 2GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. However the laptop computer ships with an embedded Jio sim card, enabling out of the field assist for Jio 4G LTE connectivity.

The agency says on its retailer web page that the JioBook options as much as 128GB of flash storage and may last as long as eight hours on a single a cost.

The laptop computer is the most recent of a collection of companies Reliance, the Indian conglomerate and the mum or dad agency of Jio Platforms, has entered lately. The agency, led by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, entered the telecom enterprise six years in the past and shortly grew to become the highest service supplier within the nation, because of the community’s cutrate knowledge and voice tariffs.

Jio Platforms, which secured over $20 billion in funding from over 10 buyers in 2020 together with Meta and Google, has additionally launched function telephones and smartphones previously half decade. The corporate’s JioPhone Subsequent smartphone went on sale final yr. Jio Platforms has labored carefully with Google to develop a customized Android working system for the smartphone.

The corporate seems to have formidable plans with the JioBook. Reuters, which scooped the laptop computer’s imminent unveiling plan earlier this month, stated Reliance plans to promote “a whole bunch of hundreds” of models by March.

Jio didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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