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Reliance Jio to tie up with Qualcomm for 4G laptops in India

Reliance Jio to tie up with Qualcomm for 4G laptops in India

Here's all that is known about the much-speculated Jio laptop.

4G SIM card compatible laptops haven't made a huge impact in India yet, but may well become the next big thing for the telecom market. The report cites Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies who confirmed talks between chip maker and Reliance Jio were held.

Jio is most likely to bundle these laptops with data and content. Dubbed "Always Connected PCs", these devices are powered by Qualcomm processors and run on Windows 10.

Qualcomm has already announced partnership with HP, Asus and Lenovo for the launch of "Always Connected PCs".

The Reliance Jio 4G laptop is expected to be price tagged with between INR 35,000 and INR 40,000.

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Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India? Reliance Jio took this step so as to increase its average revenue per user (ARPU). 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. With JioPhone, Reliance Jio wants those people to get on to the 4G bandwagon who can not afford buying even the entry-level smartphones.

Analysts see cellular-connected laptops as the next big ARPU device for operators beyond smartphones.

According to Counterpoint market research firm, Always Connected PCs could generate revenue close to $5 million or Rs 30 crore revenue per month, or close to Rs 360 crore per year at a minimum to more than Rs 1000 crore a year for mobile networks in India. In the light of this news, Reliance seems adamant to embed Jio in each and every device that is capable of running the internet.

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. Reliance Jio knows about all kinds of devices which are accessing Jio's 4G data and hence knows the internet usage patterns, now this development will expand its reach to laptops as well which will help it in predictive analysis on how the data is being consumed.