Reliance Jio 4G feature phone hands-on

James Marshall
July 14, 2017

We are not sure if these subsidized phones will be launched as a part of an offer from Reliance Jio or will be stand alone devices.

Live images of Reliance Jio's forthcoming 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone dubbed as "LYF" are allegedly leaked ahead of its proposed launch on July 21.

Along with the device, the company is also expected to launch cheaper data plans, reducing the average revenue per user (ARPU). The reports leak the complete details of price and specs of the phone. However, the leaked report suggests that the 4G feature phone could cost around Rs 1,499. There's also a VGA front-facing camera and a dedicated Torch button. The device could come with a textured back, and on the rear will be a 2MP camera. Going by the same, the LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone is said to feature a 512MB RAM and 4GB of default memory capacity. Now, these images not only substantiate the rumour, but also give more details about the coming device. The processor which will power the phone is yet unknown. Anyway, Qualcomm has previously had announced Snapdragon SoC, specifically for 4G VoLTE phones. As everyone doesn't have a Jio SIM, which will limit them from purchasing the phone. Though it looks very much like an ordinary feature phone, the Jio Lyf branding in itself means that it will be 4G capable, as the new company doesn't deal with any other spectrum but 4G.

As far as the connectivity options are concerned, the device will support GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi Support, micro & nano SIM slots, microSD card and USB tethering; sadly it doesn't support Wi-Fi hotspot.

The key highlight of the phone is reportedly the device's ability to run some Jio apps like Jio TV, Jio Cinema, and a few more. Live images further hint that the Jio feature phone may be running on KAI OS, which is apparently a forked version of Firefox OS. On the connectivity front, the device offers Bluetooth 4.1, USB tethering, Global Positioning System and more.

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