How Jio 4G laptops could revive the Indian PC market

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Reliance Jio has already brought about a revolution in the telecom sector, and a new report suggests that it's now eyeing the laptop market.

"The Always Connected PC combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC, transforming how we work and play", said Matt Barlow, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices, Microsoft.

Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, told the Economic Times that Qualcomm is working with Reliance Jio on this project. As of now, Qualcomm is already working Always Connected PC with companies like HP, Lenovo, and Asus. 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 firm further mentioned that even with a million laptops, the 4G networks could charge Rs 300-Rs 1,000 a month, which means operators could generate a whooping Rs 30 crore to Rs 360 crore a month. Moving into the laptop arena with bundled 4G services could improve its average revenue per user.




Reliance Jio is now in talks with chip-maker Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity that will be powered by Windows 10.

Mukesh Ambani-led Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone a year ago.

No other telecom provider has such an enormous presence in consumer electronics as Reliance. The company is apparently looking to launch a laptop with 4G SIM card support. After launching JioFi dongles and LYF 4G smartphones, Reliance focusing on the computer market can be a potential game changer.

Other benefits include instant boot-up, better privacy, and security through integrated mobile connectivity instead of relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Plus, laptop users generally require more data. The chipmaker has confirmed the development, though Reliance Jio is yet to officially issue any confirmation. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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