Reliance Jio-powered laptops coming soon: 7 things to know

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Reliance Jio planning to launch always connected PCs with Qualcomm: Report

4G SIM card compatible laptops haven't made a huge impact in India yet, but may well become the next big thing for the telecom market. Facing stiff competition, all the network providers had to cut down the prices.

Qualcomm already has an ongoing association with Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. With always connected PCs, Reliance Jio stands to expand its service and increase its average revenue per user, which is already the highest among its peers.

Having said that, Indian technology brand Smartron too is in talks with Qualcomm to bring Snapdragon 835-powered laptops to the market with cellular connectivity.

Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, told the Economic Times that Qualcomm is working with Reliance Jio on this project.

Only previous year, Microsoft launched a few laptop systems with Asus and HP; with Snapdragon Qualcomm 835 chipset and Windows 10 OS. Reliance Jio evidently wants to make its presence felt among operators beyond smartphones.

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Imagine a laptop, embedded with a SIM card, a Jio 4G one, and you can Internet accessibility everywhere you go.

HP, ASUS and Lenovo have already partnered with it for the 'Always Connected PC'. With JioPhone, Reliance Jio wants those people to get on to the 4G bandwagon who can not afford buying even the entry-level smartphones.

On the other hand, Qualcomm has also been talking to India-based IoT brand Smartron for Snapdragon 835-powered laptops with built-in cellular connectivity, which was confirmed by Smartron.

Other benefits include instant boot-up, better privacy, and security through integrated mobile connectivity instead of relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Reliance Jio knows about all kinds of devices which are accessing Jio's 4G data and hence knows the internet usage patterns, now this development will expand its reach to laptops as well which will help it in predictive analysis on how the data is being consumed. Plus, laptop users generally require more data.

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