Reliance Jio in talks with Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity

Eloise Marshall
April 13, 2018

In contrast, Reliance Jio offers 84GB of data for 28 days at Rs. 299 and 140GB of data for 70 days at Rs. 398.

Such connected laptops have slowly begun emerging over the past few months from brands like HP, Asus, and Lenovo.

The US-chip major is already in talks with Indian-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) manufacturer, Smartron, about the same and integrating cellular connectivity with Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. Notably, Reliance Jio has been steadily expanding its user base and is now sitting on 175 million users in terms of subscribers on its network.

While on one hand Reliance Jio accuses incumbent operators of milking the sector using borrowed money, older players like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea blame free voice and data offering by the Mukesh Ambani firm for bleeding the sector.

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Earlier, Reliance Jio had announced that it was increasing data allowances in all of its plans by 500MB without any increase in prices. The Internet is the backbone of nearly every computing and smart devices. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India.

Jio, which didn't respond to ET's queries, already has a device play in the country through its sister company, Reliance Retail, which sells MiFi dongles, LYF smartphones and 4G feature phone.

As per Counterpoint data, close to five million laptops are sold every year in India with majority connecting to either enterprise or home or public WiFi spots.

A snapdragon-chipset can provide enhanced battery life to the laptop and a cellular-connectivity will ensure better privacy and security than public Wi-Fi hotspots. In the light of this news, Reliance seems adamant to embed Jio in each and every device that is capable of running the internet. The Jio laptops will come with in-built 4G connectivity. It will also be favourable for those users who have to bear separate tariffs for their wi-fi and 4G recharges. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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