Reliance AGM 2021: JioPhone Next, an 'ultra-affordable' 4G smartphone, announced; to go on sale on 10 September

At the Reliance AGM 2021, company chairman Mukesh Ambani revealed Jio's partnership with Google to develop an 'ultra-affordable 4G smartphone' has resulted in the creation of a new device named the JioPhone Next. The smartphone has been co-developed by Jio and Google and will feature an optimised version of Android OS. Google and Jio also announced a new 5G collaboration powered by Google Cloud.

Ambani said the smartphone will be "amongst the most affordable smartphones not just in India, but even globally".

He also revealed that it will go on sale starting 10 September, 2021.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also briefly addressed the Reliance AGM 2021, where he revealed the JioPhone Next will have "language and translation features, a great camera and support for the latest Android updates."

"It is built for India and it will open up new possibilities for millions of new users who will experience the internet for the very first time. And we can’t wait to show you the device later this year", he added.

The JioPhone Next will go on sale on 10 September 2021.

As part of the Google Could and Jio collaboration, Reliance also announced it will shift its core retail businesses to Google Cloud’s infrastructure.

The Jio and Google partnership is part of the Google for India Digitisation Fund that was announced last year. Pichai had announced the company will invest Rs 75,000 crore ($10 billion) in India over the course of the next five to seven years.

Reliance had first announced the co-development of this new 4G smartphone with Google at the AGM 2020.

You can watch the full AGM 2021 keynote here:

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