Reliance Jio Phone Features 4G and apps: a new kind of feature phone

You probably never thought you would ever see a feature phone with 4G LTE and VoLTE. It exists – in India. Reliance, the mobile network operator that has been disrupting mobile data in the country, has introduced a 4G feature phone. The Reliance Jio Phone features an alphanumeric keypad and a 4-way navigation button.

No; this is different from what Nigeria’s Ntel did with the Nova phone – an Android smartphone in a feature phone’s body. The Jio phone is a proper feature phone, yet offers the most advanced LTE technology.

The Jio phone runs KaiOS, a mobile platform forked from the now defunct Firefox OS, and has Reliance Jio’s apps, including the the JioCinema app for watching movies, pre-loaded on it. The mobile phone has support for voice commands, payments via NFC, as well as the ability to cast media.

It sounds like such a package, especially considering that we are talking about a feature phone. The Jio Phone is an example of how feature phones are evolving.

Reliance Jio Phone Features, Specifications and Price

Network and Software

  • GSM: No
  • 3G: No
  • 4G: LTE + 4G VoLTE support
  • SIM Type: Single Nano-SIM
  • OS: KaiOS

4G feature phone - Reliance Jio Phone features, Price and Specifications

Design

  • Dimensions:
  • Weight: g
  • Display: 2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (166 ppi)
  • Sensors:
  • Build: Plastic
  • Colours: White. Black.

Hardware

  • Processor Type: Dual-Core 1.2 GHz
  • Processor Name: Spreadtrum 9820A/QC8905
  • Graphics Processor: ARM Mali-400 MP2
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB
  • External Storage: Dedicated Micro-SD card up to 128 GB
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Camera

  • Rear: 2 megapixels
  • Video recording: Yes
  • Front-facing: 0.3 megapixels

Multimedia

  • Music Support: mp3, aac, aac+, eaac+, amr
  • Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Video Support: mpeg4, h.263, h.264
  • Wireless FM Radio:Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0. NFC

Miscellaneous

  • Charging: Regular
  • Battery: Li-Polymer 2000 mAh
  • Announcement: July 2015
  • Availability: September 2017
  • Phone Price: Rs 1500 (about $25)

Disclaimer: While we take the pains to ensure accuracy, we can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

Interested in KaiOS? Find more information on the official website HERE.

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4 thoughts on “Reliance Jio Phone Features 4G and apps: a new kind of feature phone

  • September 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm
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    Nice budget smartphone, but why would I need 4G LTE in such a phone with small screen size and also with 512MB RAM?

    • September 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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      I think the appeal for this phone is more skewed towards the Voice over LTE (VoLTE) usage.

  • September 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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    Jio is seriously taking 4G to a whole new level. You need to read about what they’re doing in India in making 4G servives readily available to the mass market. I wished we could say the same about ours in Nigeria.

  • September 22, 2017 at 12:42 am
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    Reminds me of the days of old but reliable blackberry with small screen. They must be targeted towards a particular segment of the society wanting them to have a feel of latest technology. If we can have this here with low cost, a lot of people will embrace it.

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