Reliance is also reportedly in touch with domestic manufacturer Smartron to produce Snapdragon 835-running laptops with cellular connectivity. The budget 4G laptop will come bundled with a Jio data pack.
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.
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Qualcomm, which is already working with Jio and Reliance Retail on 4G feature phones, is working on similar laptop-with-SIM-card models elsewhere. The Indian IoT brand Smartron has confirmed that Qualcomm is working to bring Snapdragon 835-powered laptops with cellular connectivity. Qualcomm is already working with other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Asus, Lenovo and HP to launch always-connected PCs and Snapdragon 845 powered devices have also been launched in the U.S. by HP and Asus. Notably, Reliance Jio has been steadily expanding its user base and is now sitting on 175 million users in terms of subscribers on its network.
As per Counterpoint data, close to five million laptops are sold every year in India with a lot of them connecting to either enterprise or home or public WiFi spots.
From the service providers' side, companies like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint of the United States and many companies in Europe have also lent support to this project as it will ultimately benefit their businesses. They have to be connected to networks using wifi, or dongle or mobile hotspots. 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. This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections. The company says there is value in this new segment especially for retailers and telecom operators. What is being offered would be new for network providers, for OEMs and also for the users.