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Reliance Jio to launch low-cost Android smartphone

Jio is looking to outsource the manufacturing of over 10 crore low-cost smartphones running Android, Business Standard reported, citing sources.

The phones will come bundled with data packs and are slated for a December 2020 or early next year release.

Reliance Jio and Google recently entered into a commercial agreement to jointly develop affordable entry-level 4G and 5G smartphones with optimizations to the Android operating system and the Play Store to help smartphones reach more Indians.

The new phone is set to pose a major challenge to Chinese vendors such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, and VIVO.

These brands currently dominate a $2 billion (roughly Rs. 14,713 crores) market for sub-$100 (roughly Rs. 7,360) smartphones in India.

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