Next, is JioPhone really the 4G smartphone for everyone that promises trust?

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After a long anticipation, JioPhone Next has now come onto the market in India. The new 4G phone, developed in collaboration between Jio and Google, is considered the cheapest smartphone thanks to its upfront cost of Rs. 1999. However, this is only the first installment – the JioPhone Next price in India is Rs. 6,499 with the remainder to be paid in monthly installments of up to 24 months. The new phone has features like a bespoke Pragati operating system (it’s more or less Android Go) and is built into a list of localized functions.

On this week’s episode of the Orbital Gadget 360 Podcast, host Akhil Arora speaks with video producer Aditya Nath Jha and Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto to discuss everything about JioPhone Next.

Although the specifications of the JioPhone Next are quite simple and in line with any low-cost smartphone, it has a list of Google-supported features to attract customers. We talk about all these functions in detail in our more than half-hour conversation.

One of the clearest inputs from Google on the JioPhone Next is the Pragati OS, which is an optimized version of Android 11 (Go Edition). Google Assistant is pre-installed on the custom operating system to support voice commands for operating the device. It also supports voice translation and reading aloud functions to satisfy the first smartphone users in the country. In addition, the phone supports 10 different languages ​​including Hindi.

JioPhone Next is sold in India, buyers need to register first: all details

In addition to the basic optimizations, the JioPhone Next has an adapted camera that integrates the Augmented Reality (AR) lenses from Snapchat and offers functions to support night and low-light photography. The phone also has the nearby sharing feature that allows users to share content such as apps, photos and videos without the internet.

Jio also claims that with Google’s support on the software side, the JioPhone Next will be able to receive future updates with advanced customizations and feature upgrades – just like the “Feature Drops” and “Security Updates” on the Google Pixel Series.

Much like some other budget options in its price range, the JioPhone Next has a removable battery. This helps to get a new battery if the original battery fails. However, Jio has not yet released details on how much the battery would cost – and whether it would be officially available through retail or service channels.

The JioPhone Next also restricts access to 2G connectivity if a customer chooses a network other than Jio. It is different from other options in the same price range that give you 4G support regardless of the network you use. Even so, the JioPhone Next supports 4G if you use Jio’s network. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a 4G phone.

Important alternatives to the JioPhone Next include models such as Realme C11 (2021), Redmi 9A, Itel Vision 1 and Infinix Smart 5A. We’ll talk about some of these models in our conversation. We also discuss how the EMI model could significantly increase the final price of the JioPhone Next.

JioPhone Next is pre-installed with a device lock function in order to avoid payment defaults

You can catch all of this and more by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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