The substantial upper and lower bezels are the first things you notice about the JioPhone Next. We haven’t seen a phone without a waterdrop notch in a long time. Jio appears to have chosen a simple design with no frills or notch.
Reliance Jio first entered the feature phone market many years ago, and now it has finally entered the smartphone market. You might want to pull a chair for this one before you start shaking your head because it won’t have any Google apps. The future JioPhone Next will be launched in India by Reliance Jio and Google. With a few eye-catching features, this smartphone is gaining popularity primarily because of its “cheap” price tag of Rs 6,499.
Although the smartphone has not yet arrived in India, we were able to get an exclusive first look at it, and here are our initial thoughts.
JioPhone Next Design: Simple, elegant, but hefty
The phone’s substantial top and bottom bezels are the first things you notice. We haven’t seen a phone without a waterdrop notch in a long time. Jio appears to have chosen a simple design with no frills or notch. It boasts a 5.45-inch touchscreen HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera. From the sides, the phone appears big and thick, yet it appears to be functional.
The blue JioPhone Next includes a matte back and a blue color option. As a result, it’s especially useful for folks like me who have butterfingers! The 13-megapixel rear camera is nicely positioned in the phone’s top center, with a glossy Jio branding beneath it.
A volume and power button are located on the smartphone’s right edge. A USB-type charging port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack are also included. The smartphone’s speaker is located on the back rather than the bottom edge, which is a disappointment because it will not sound as loud as expected when placed on a surface.
Has all of Google’s apps as well as all of Google’s party tricks.
This time, JioPhone Next comes pre-loaded with Google apps such as Google Play Store, YouTube, and others. All Jio apps will be pre-installed, just like on previous Jio phones.
The phone has Google Assistant built-in and can even translate text into 10 Indian languages. It also has the Google Lens app, which allows users to click a photo and translate or search for it directly from the app.
Ticks all the right boxes
The smartphone runs on Jio’s new Pragati OS, which was developed in collaboration with Google. While we can get a better picture of the OS after we get some hands-on time with it, my initial impression of it is that it is bloatware-free and clean. The Qualcomm Snapdragon QM-215 chipset powers the phone, which is expected to be speedy for a phone at this pricing point.
The JioPhone Next features a 3,500mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512 GB through a microSD card.
On paper, the JioPhone Next appears to be a good-looking phone, but this is merely our initial impression. When we receive our review unit, we will be able to reach a strong decision.