Last year, Jio had announced the JioPhone, the company’s first feature phone that was targeted towards dominating the feature segment in India. While the company did manage to sell 25 million units of that handset, the telco has now announced JioPhone 2 at the 41st AGM conference of Reliance in Mumbai.
The announcement was made by Isha Ambani, daughter of Jio Chairman, Mukesh Ambani. It was also revealed that the JioPhone will also get support for Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube apps which was currently not present on the phone.
Speaking about the JioPhone 2, it is a QWERTY keypad dual-SIM handset that is priced at Rs 2,999 (around $44). It runs on KaiOS like the previous version and comes with 4G LTE, VoLTE, and VoWi-Fi. It also has support for LTE Cat.4 with promised download speeds of up to 150Mbps. The JioPhone 2 already comes ready to use for WhatsApp and YouTube which can be downloaded from its app store.
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The JioPhone 2 has a 2.4-inch QVGA display and has a 4-way navigation key. It also has the voice command button that was found on the JioPhone. The handset has 512MB of RAM and 4Gb of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB) while the processor was not mentioned at the launch event.
The handset also has a 2MP rear camera and a VGA camera on the front side. It has FM, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and of course, Wi-Fi. Jio has also rolled out a ‘Monsoon Hungama’ offer under which you can exchange your existing feature phone and get JioPhone 2 for just Rs 501. The offer runs till August 15. The upgraded feature phone will be sold alongside the JioPhone, so the company will not discontinue the previous model.