Reliance Jio to launch laptop with built-in cellular connection for 4G connectivity

Reliance Jio planning to launch always connected PCs with Qualcomm: Report

According to ETTelecom, Reliance Jio is in talks with Qualcomm to bring these cellular Windows 10 notebooks to India.

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

If the disruption in telecom industry was not enough, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio is now vying to target the existing Personal Computers (PCs) market in India.

Qualcomm, in turn, is reported to be engaging the Indian company Smartron that specializes in Internet of Things (IoT) to develop laptops that can carry their Snapdragon 835 processor.

For this concept, Jio is in talks with chipmaker Qualcomm could deliver a laptop that has a provision to insert a SIM card and convert it into a cellular-connected device, reports Economic Times.

Data is the new Oil! . The move to launch self-branded laptops is said to be targeted at increasing its average revenue per user (ARPU).

Mukesh Ambani-led Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone previous year. If your device requires an internet as fast as 4G, apparently Reliance wants that it should run on Jio, and that's why a 4G laptop bundled with free data is what Reliance Jio is betting on. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India.

Neil Shah, research director, devices & ecosystems at Counterpoint Research, said that cellular-connected laptops could be the next big ARPU device for operators beyond smartphones.

Other benefits include instant boot-up, better privacy, and security through integrated mobile connectivity instead of relying on 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.

This could open a different segment of laptops in the country. A global research firm named Counterpoint Research specialists in technology and mobile products, said that nearly 5 million laptops are sold in India every year and laptops with cellular connectivity could be the next big hit in India and for ARPU. 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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