4G SIM card compatible laptops haven't made a huge impact in India yet, but may well become the next big thing for the telecom market.
The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has held talks with USA chip major Qualcomm to bring out laptops running the Windows 10 operating system with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market. Qualcomm is already working with the company on the 4G feature phone launched by Jio a year ago.
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Reliance is also reportedly in touch with domestic manufacturer Smartron to produce Snapdragon 835-running laptops with cellular connectivity. Smartron founder and CEO, Mahesh Lingareddy, confirmed the news.
Qualcomm has already announced partnership with HP, Asus and Lenovo for the launch of "Always Connected PCs". Qualcomm says it now has support from 14 operators for release of such connected PCs including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the U.S. and other major carriers in Germany, Italy, the UK, France and Australia. After launching JioFi dongles and LYF 4G smartphones, Reliance focusing on the computer market can be a potential game changer. It now sources these devices from various Chinese original device markets (ODMs).
Laptops with connectivity is the new idea being worked upon by Reliance Jio, which has been successful in disrupting the Indian telecom market through rock bottom pricing for data and free calls from anywhere to anywhere. The laptops also promise better security on mobile connections than public Wi-Fi hotspots. This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections. In the face of the Jio onslaught, Airtel has quietly launched the Rs. 249 recharge pack and updated the Rs. 349 pack to offer more data to consumers.
Telecom operators are leaving no stone unturned to take on the stiff competition from new entrant Reliance Jio.