Jio, backed by Reliance, which is best known for its Indian cellular network and affordable subsidized devices, worked on the JioBook, an ARM laptop with Windows 10.
A Jio laptop has been rumored for quite some time now. It was also recently mentioned in a hardware certification document.
Unfortunately, the document doesn’t reveal any device specs other than that it’s clearly ARM-based as opposed to x86 and certified to run the ARM version of Windows 10.
The filing also mentions Emdoor Digital Technology, the OEM of the laptop in question. It is a Shenzhen-based company that specializes in this hardware.
Since the “product name” of the device will be “QL218_V2.2_JIO_11.6_20220113_v2”, a huge range of “218 series” devices were found on the Emdoor Digital Technology website.
However, all of them use an Intel or AMD x86 processor and not an ARM chip. Their designs are also very different, so we can’t really say which chassis Jio will use. Emdoor Digital Technology is clearly customized specifically for Jio.
A report from November last year suggested that Reliance might be developing a new Jio tablet. Additionally, a new Jio TV is also said to be in the works.
The telecom giant plans to launch two new Jio hardware products in 2022. The products would be the Jio tablet and the Jio TV. An exact launch schedule for these two products is not known, nor have their specifications been disclosed. However, if we were to speculate, both devices are likely to be positioned in the ultra-affordable space just like JioPhone Next.
The first Jio tablet will likely also run on PragatiOS software which was designed by Google and Reliance specifically for JioPhone Next. The tablet is also expected to offer access to the Google Play Store and be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. As for Jio TV, it can support several popular OTT apps and can come with Jio Fiber set-top box. It is also likely to come in multiple sizes. If the company really develops these two devices, leaks in the future should offer more details.