Though the Jio Phone has been launched, a lot of questions remain about the handset’s specifications as Reliance Jio focussed on the features it had to offer rather than the hardware poering it. Nonetheless, it has now been confirmed there will be at least two Jio Phone variants when the Jio-branded feature phone hits the market. Chipmakers Qualcomm and Spreadtrum have tweeted they have partnered with Jio over the first handset with its own branding; both were said to be in talks with the company when leaks about the device first broke out.
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In a tweet posted on Friday, Qualcomm India said, “Glad to partner with @reliancejio on the new #JioPhone, powered by our #205 mobile platform.” To recall, the mobile chip-maker launched its Qualcomm 205 processor back in March and clearly expressed that it was targeted towards feature phones, and comes with LTE support – including 4G VoLTE.
The Qualcomm 205 powering the Jio Phone comes with dual-core CPU clocked at 1.1GHz and support LTE Cat. 4 modem with up to 150Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds. At the time of its launch, we reported that it is designed to support micro-enterprises, consumers, and others, to communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) in a budget-friendly manner.
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Separately, Spreadtrum has announced that it has also partnered with Reliance Jio for the Jio Phone, indicating that some of the units of the phone will be powered by its chips. Previously, the company’s Spreadtrum SP9820A processor powered the Lava 4G Connect M1 feature phone, but it’s not clear if that’s the chip inside the JioPhone as well.
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Jio Phone specifications
In terms of specifications that were confirmed at the launch last week, we know that the JioPhone will come with an alphanumeric keypad, 2.4-inch display with QVGA display, microSD card slot, torchlight, FM radio. The phone features a digital voice assistant, support for 22 Indian languages, and a panic button as well. Rumours before the handset’s launch suggested it will also have dual SIM functionality, 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The JioPhone has been tipped to come with a 4GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM.
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