Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Reliance Jio LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone

Reliance Jio LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone

This unknown SoC will be paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The phone looks like an average feature phone but carries Jio's Lyf branding which has been so far, been used for the company's smartphone line-up. Apart from these, users can also use Jio suite of apps like Jio TV and Jio Cinema and apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, etc on this phone. Today we have managed to catch a glimpse of the aforementioned feature phone thanks to an anonymous tipster who got in touch with a technology blog called Technology Personalized. Reliance Jio Feature phone will have dual sim and these are a standard sim, no micro or nano sim. But to be fair, the price at which it's being offered, Jio's 4G feature phone does not even have to.

A report from TechPP shows images of a black feature phone with a 2Megapixel camera module at the back of the device. When it comes to operating system of the phone the source website points out that it runs Kai OS which is a forked version of HTML5 based Firefox OS. However, considering the expected price - Rs 500 price - such rumours of voice assistants on Reliance's feature phone should be taken with more than just a pinch of salt. We are sceptical of these claims as both the Jio apps have been developed for touch interfaces and we aren't sure if they have optimised the apps for tis feature phone. It will purportedly have an application store named "KaiOS Plus".

While on the back panel, the feature phone sports a 2-megapixel camera, which is pretty much similar to that of the Nokia 3310 (2017). Sadly you can not use HotSpot tethering on the phone. There's also a VGA front-facing camera and a dedicated Torch button. It supports 22 regional languages and you will be able to make video calls on the device too. The company earlier launched a few LYF branded smartphones, and is now said to launch a feature phone, which is said to cost around Rs 500. With such a low priced 4G feature phone, the impact of the Reliance Jio will be felt not only in the telecom industry but also among feature phone manufacturers.

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