According to analysts, due to the delay in launch, the price of JioPhone Next could be more expensive than expected. There is no official information yet from the telco about the price of the upcoming device. The Google-backed Jio Phone Next was announced at the 44th Annual General Meeting earlier this year. The smartphone was supposed to launch on September 10, but a day before the launch, the dates were pushed ahead of Diwali due to a semiconductor shortage.
Jio has claimed in the past that it will be the cheapest 4G smartphone in the country and the JioPhone Next was expected to be under Rs 5000. However, according to a report, the JioPhone Next is likely to cost dearly due to the delay in its launch.
Analysts told ET Telecom that along with a 20 percent increase in the price of components, the purchase of components has increased from eight weeks to around 16 to 20 weeks for some components. Analysts also noted that JioPhone Next may have a limited shelf life unless the telco starts focusing on new SKUs for next year and the availability and pricing of components are expected to remain challenging for the next 6-8 months. Chances are.
JioPhone Next is not the successor to JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Apart from running a custom version of Android, JioPhone Next also comes with features like Google Assistant, automatic read-aloud for on-screen text and language translation, and a camera with India.
According to multiple leaks, the JioPhone Next is said to sport a 5.5-inch HD display. It will be powered by Snapdragon 215 chipset and will come with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB onboard storage. The device could sport a single 13-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel shooter.
Also, the JioPhone Next may ship with a 2500mAh battery. Reports in the past have mentioned that Jio has partnered with several banks to reduce the starting price of this device so that users can avail JioPhone Next at a nominal amount of Rs 500 and pay the balance in installments. Can you