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Reliance Jio in talks with Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity

Reliance Jio in talks with Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity”

The company is in talks with American chipmaker Qualcomm to bring out a laptop with built-in cellular connection for the Indian market.

By partnering with Qualcomm for the chips, Jio 4G laptops will be more powerful, secure, and offer long-lasting battery.

According to a report from Economic Times, Reliance Jio is in talks with the USA based chipmaker Qualcomm to launch laptops running Windows 10 with built-in cellular connections (Jio 4G) for the Indian market. Instead of developing full stack processor, a mobile chipset will be produced.

Laptops with connectivity is the new idea being worked upon by Reliance Jio, which has been successful in disrupting the Indian telecom market through rock bottom pricing for data and free calls from anywhere to anywhere.

Homegrown Internet of Things brand Smartron is also working with Qualcomm to bring laptops powered by with cellular connectivity. "...we have talked to Jio". As per an Economics Times report, Senior Director - Product Management, Miguel Nunes commented, "We have talked with Jio". The laptop could come with Windows 10 pre-loaded.

Qualcomm has already announced partnership with HP, Asus and Lenovo for the launch of "Always Connected PCs". As per the reports Qualcomm said that " Company is already getting support for the release of connected Pcs from more than 14 operators including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the USA along with Germany, Italy, the UK, France and Australia". The company says there is value in this new segment especially for retailers and telecom operators.

Reliance Jio has not released any official statement regarding this. With workplaces encouraging employees to bring their own devices and changing scenario where people work from remote place, a connected PC stands to gain significant traction and its success depends on operators with vast network and connectivity solutions.

At present, Jio has a device play Reliance Retail, which sells MiFi dongles, LYF smartphones, and 4G feature phone.

As per Counterpoint data, close to five million laptops are sold every year in India with majority connecting to either enterprise or home or public WiFi spots.



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