Homegrown smartphone maker Intex may soon start mass producing 4G VoLTE feature phones for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio. Two companies are in talks over a possible partnership, but things are yet to finalize, our source within Intex told Techook.com. Our source also said Intex is not the only company which is in talks with Reliance Jio. In fact, there are several other OEMs as well that are aiming to partner with the telecom operator. Reliance Jio is expected to make a formal announcement related to this partnership tomorrow at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM).
Recently, we reached out to a source within Reliance Jio to confirm whether the phone, which is making a lot of headlines these days, is real or not. Our source confirmed to us that the device is real and set to become official on July 21. Our source also confirmed to us that the phone would cost just over Rs 1,000. However, Reliance Jio plans to release the handset with different offers and bundles which may bring the effective cost down to Rs 500.
Reliance Jio feature phone is set to launch under the company’s existing LYF brand and will run apps like Facebook and WhatsApp out of the box. According to our source, the company plans to experiment a new category that is said to focus on a combination of smartphones and feature phones. The details with regards to this are yet to finalise, though.
The leaked reports suggest the handset will sport a 2.4-inch screen in addition to a Spreadtrum or Qualcomm chipset under the hood.