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Google-backed 5G JioPhone, low-cost JioBook likely to launch at Reliance AGM on June 24

Reliance has scheduled its 44th annual general meeting (AGM) for June 24. It is likely to announce its 5G network, low-cost Android phones and an affordable laptop which could be called the JioBook at the AGM.

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Reliance has scheduled its 44th annual general meeting (AGM) for June 24. The company is likely to launch the low-cost 5G Jio phone backed by Google as well as the affordable JioBook at the event. It is speculated that Reliance may announce its plans for 5G rollout at the AGM. The AGM is slated for June 24 at 2PM. It is likely to be livestreamed on YouTube for the general public.

Reliance is likely to announce its low-cost 5G smartphone backed by Google at the AGM. Last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed that the tech giant is working closely with Reliance Jio for an affordable smartphone. Google announced an investment of Rs 33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for a 7.7 per cent stake at the last AGM.

Earlier reports have noted that the affordable 5G-ready smartphone could be complete by the second quarter of 2021 and would coincide with the AGM. The smartphone was further speculated to have an Android Go operating system (OS) with entry-level specifications. Reliance was also said to be working on its JioOS, which is a custom version of Google's Android operating system. The use of JioOS is reportedly helpful in giving an optimised performance of Jio applications.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) approved 5G trials in India earlier this year. Reliance has noted that it will use its indigenious 5G equipment and technology. In December 2020, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani had confirmed that 5G services will be available in India in the second half of 2021 emphasising on the Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) approach.

Jio is also expected to launch an affordable laptop, which is speculated to be called JioBook, that would provide 4G LTE support and is based on JioOS. The telecom giant had started working on a "larger screen device" in September last year and will reach its Product Validation Test stage by April this year. For the Jio Book, Jio is reportedly partnering with China-based engineering firm Bluebank Communication Technology, as per documents reviewed by XDA.

Reliance launched Jio Phone in 2017 in India which has more than 100 million users, many of whom are internet first-timers. The potential low-cost 5G Android phones will also attract more subscribers to Reliance plans from other telecom companies who still offer 2G/3G networks on low-cost smartphones.