JioBook, Reliance Jio’s foray into the budget laptop segment, is now available for purchase exclusively on Reliance Digital’s website. Following the grand success of the budget-friendly JioPhone, the company first announced the JioBook at the India Mobile Conference, held early this month in New Delhi, India. The JioBook was earlier made available for purchase to resellers on the Government e-marketplace for an entire time period.
The laptop has been developed by one of India’s leading corporate conglomerates, Reliance, in association with global technologies giants Qualcomm and Microsoft.
Interestingly, the JioBook will run on its own operating system, JioOS. The company developed and optimised its own operating system, especially for its first-ever budget laptops to hit the market. The laptop will also have pre-installed JioStore for users to download and use any application.
While the laptop was listed on the Government e-marketplace with a price tag of Rs 19,500, it is now available at considerably a much lower selling rate. Reliance Digital’s online website is now selling the laptop at Rs 15,799. Interesting customer planning to purchase from Reliance Digital’s online website can also avail of multiple offers including a 10 per cent instant discount with Axis, Kotak, ICICI, HDFC, AU, INDUSIND, DBS, Yes, and other major bank Credit cards.
The Reliance JioBook is stylishly modelled with an 11.6-inch HD display, which supports 1366×768 pixels resolution. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with Adreno 610 GPU, the budget laptop comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. The storage is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The laptop carries a 5,000 mAh battery, which the manufacturer claim can provide users with more than 8 hours of uninterrupted battery life on every single charge. To manage heat dissipation, JioBook also has a passive cooling mechanism.
As for the operating system, JioBook runs on Reliance-developed JioOS. The JioOS is similar to Microsoft Windows customised and tweaked to suit the requirements of Jio laptops.
As per the details mentioned on Reliance Digital’s website, the company will ship JioBook with an inbuilt 4G SIM card to all customers. For other connectivity options, the laptop carries Bluetooth 5.0 functionality, an HDMI mini port, and Wi-Fi. The laptop also includes dual 1.0W stereo speakers, a 2-megapixel web camera for video calling and a 3.5mm audio jack.
When listed on Government e-marketplace for resellers, the laptop was available in a single blue colour option. Now available on the Reliance Digital website, it is not yet clear how many colour options are currently available or if the company is planning on launching the laptop in any other colours.
For SIM activation, the users will have to visit the nearest Jio Store. The users will have to present the ICCID (SIM number) to complete their KYC formalities and choose their preferred data plans. The above process will activate the inbuilt SIM card for using the JioBook.
With the launch of their first budget laptop for end customers, Reliance can capture the interest of the otherwise untapped market segment of laptops. The company is eyeing a whole new demographic of interested buyers in rural areas or tier II or tier III cities.