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Reports: JioBook laptop with 4G LTE support 

Reliance Jio will soon be offering an affordable laptop that would provide 4G LTE support. As per reports, the telecom giant has already started working on a “larger screen device” which could well be called JioBook back in September last year and will reach its Product Validation Test stage by April. 

The development of this device will continue through the first half of 2021. This proposed laptop will run on Android OS and it will be called JioOS. Jio Book’s firmware could also feature Jio apps.

For the Jio Book, the telecom giant could well enter partnering with China-based engineering firm Bluebank Communication Technology. As per documents, Bluebank creates mobile devices and develops software for third-parties, and this creates products that run KaiOS, a mobile operating system also featured on JioPhones. And the company has posted images of both generations of Reliance’s JioPhone on its website.

As per a 2018 Economic Times report, American chipmaker Qualcomm had also held talks with Reliance Jio to launch laptops with cellular connectivity. According to reports, Mukesh Ambani had then discussed running the potential laptop on a Windows 10 operating system (OS) with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market. However, now, the company has drifted away from the discussion. 

XDA Developers go on to report that the current Jio Book prototype is currently using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 (sm6125), as well as 11nm chipset that was announced in early 2019. The chipset comes with a built-in 4G LTE modem — the Snapdragon X12 — that the JioBook could well leverage to provide cellular connectivity to Reliance Jio’s expansive 4G network.

Now, it has been tested in several iterations and two models were revealed by the report– the first one with a 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM which has been coupled with 32GB of eMMC storage. There is also a second one that comes with a 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. 

XDA has reportedly obtained a leaked image of what the JioBook looked like in the Engineering Validation Test when it did not have fixed hardware. 

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