Reliance silently flings JioBook Powered by Android-based JioOS

News Summary:

  • The laptop, called JioBook, runs on JioOS, a modified Android-based operating system that is “optimized for superior performance” and supports local languages. The computer, manufactured in India, costs 15,799 Indian rupees, or $190.

  • Jio Platforms has quietly launched its first laptop, entering a new product category as the Indian telecom giant aggressively expands its offerings.

The JioBook, which also comes with several Jio apps and Microsoft 365 services, has been in the works for at least two years. The company quietly demonstrated it at the Indian Mobile Congress last month.

The company says on its store page that the JioBook has up to 128GB of flash storage and lasts up to eight hours on a single charge.

The specifications of the JioBook are, as you might have guessed, not very high-end. It has an 11.6-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768. It is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit, 2GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. But the laptop comes with an integrated Jio SIM card, allowing out-of-the-box support for Jio 4G LTE connectivity.

The laptop is the latest in a series of companies that Reliance, the Indian conglomerate and parent company of Jio Platforms, has entered recently. The company, led by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, entered the telecom sector six years ago and quickly became the country’s largest service provider, thanks to the network’s low data and voice rates.

Jio Platforms, which in 2020 raised more than $20 billion in funding from more than ten investors, including Meta and Google, and has also launched feature phones and smartphones over the past half-decade. The company’s JioPhone Next smartphone went on sale last year. Jio Platforms has been working closely with Google to develop a custom Android operating system for the smartphone.

The company appears to have ambitious plans for the JioBook. According to Reuters, which scored the laptop’s imminent unveiling earlier this month, Reliance wants to sell “hundreds of thousands” of units by March.

Jio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.