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


If this comes out to be true then Jio laptops will connect to the Internet automatically when switched on without the need of manual Wi-Fi or LAN connection. The budget 4G laptop will come bundled with a Jio data pack. If reports are to be believed, one can say that there's a huge possibility of Jio entering the laptop market in India.

"Talking to the Economic Times, Miguel Nunes, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies said, "...we have talked to Jio. Qualcomm is closely associated with Reliance Jio and Retail, for its business of 4G feature phone. In the latest development by the company, Reliance Jio is in talks with US-chip major Qualcomm to launch laptops running on Windows 10 OS that has a built-in hardware to accommodate cellular connections. Smartron founder and CEO, Mahesh Lingareddy, confirmed the news.

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Globally, Qualcomm is already working with players such as HP, Asus and Lenovo for the so-called "Always Connected PCs".

The laptops will reportedly run on Windows 10 and come with Qualcomm chipsets.

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Mukesh Ambani-led Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone past year. Qualcomm says it now has support from 14 operators for release of such connected PCs including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the United States and other major carriers in Germany, Italy, the UK, France and Australia. As per counterpoint data, total laptops sold every year in India is close to 5 million and majority connect to either enterprise, home or public wi-fi hotspots.

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.

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Jio is most likely to bundle these laptops with data and content. "In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and with the support of these mobile operators, consumers will be able to enjoy up to gigabit 4G/LTE connectivity and stay connected to the things that are most important to them". "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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