Jio has announced the successor to its popular entry level India ka smartphone, the JioPhone. The new device is called the JioPhone 2 and boasts more powerful features. In terms of the design it looks very similar to a classicc BlackBerry, because it has a full QWERTY keyboard. It also has a 4-way nav key, and a dedicated microphone key for voice commands. The device runs on KAI OS (a Linux-based OS which is a fork of Firefox OS), and sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display.
The phone is expected to come with all of Jio’s apps pre-loaded, like its predecessor, and should include the new Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube apps.
It is unclear which processor powers the device. The phone has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot which supports up to 128GB of expandable storage. The JioPhone 2 has a 2MP main camera, and a VGA selfie lens.
The phone has a single mono speaker which Jio says is a loud one. The device is backed by a 2,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options on the phone include Nano Dual SIM cards, 4G LTE Band 3, 5, 40 (Cat 4 DL 150Mbps and UL 50Mbps) and 2G Band 900/1800, VoLTE, VoWiFi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and an FM Radio. The 2G band support in the phone is particularly interesting, because it may allow users to use SIM cards from other network providers too.
The JioPhone 2 has been priced at Rs. 2,999. Jio did hint that this is an introductory price, so it may be hiked later on. The device will be available from August 15th, in India.
The device’s price s twice of what its predecessor was launched for, but Jio says that the JioPhone will continue to be sold alongside the new device, so users can choose which one they want to buy.