Reliance Jio in talks with Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity

The absorption of the subsidiaries by Reliance Industries comes close on the heels of the firm’s latest string of acquisitions in the content space

The latter has confirmed that it's held discussions with the telecom brand, suggesting that the company will bundle the device with data and content.

The company is working with major PC manufacturers for the "always-connected personal computers".

Reliance Jio, which disrupted the telecom industry with its offers, is reportedly in talks with an American company to introduce a laptop with a SIM card in the country.

Qualcomm, in turn, is reported to be engaging the Indian company Smartron that specializes in Internet of Things (IoT) to develop laptops that can carry their Snapdragon 835 processor. It's worth pointing out that Jio and Reliance are already in talks to bring 4G feature phones.

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Data is the new Oil! . Reliance Jio evidently wants to make its presence felt among operators beyond smartphones. The move to launch self-branded laptops is said to be targeted at increasing its average revenue per user (ARPU). Last year, Reliance Jio had clocked $4.70 (INR 300) ARPU, much higher than all its competitors in India. The budget 4G laptop will come bundled with a Jio data pack. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India. Well, laptops with built-in cellular connectivity options would actually be appealing to a lot many, because with the current laptops, we have to either plug-in a 3G/4G dongle or connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot to get Internet connectivity on the laptop. A global research firm named Counterpoint Research specialists in technology and mobile products, said that nearly 5 million laptops are sold in India every year and laptops with cellular connectivity could be the next big hit in India and for ARPU.

Furthermore, laptops with built-in cellular connectivity options also reduce the security risk that's associated with Internet usage when you connect to "free" public Wi-Fi networks.

With LTE enabled laptops on the horizon and rapid surge in Jio 4G connections, Reliance Jio is likely to be benefitted in another different aspect.

This can probably be the future of computing as the users could enjoy connectivity in their laptops on the go, without the hassles of mobile tethering and plugging dongles. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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