The Jio Phone 2 was launched by RIL (Reliance Industries Limited) on occasion of its 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai, July 5. The all-new Jio Phone 2 will succeed the previously launched Jio Phone 1 that came for Rs.1500, last year. The company has also introduced the high-speed Jio Giga Fiber services along with the device.
This new feature phone is priced at Rs.2,999 and will be available through flash sales on official Jio website i.e. Jio.com, starting from 12 pm on August 16. Given that the Jio Phone was the best-selling feature phone in the first quarter of 2018 breaking records across the globe, we expect the newer sibling to perform equally good in the market.
The Jio Phone 2 brings major improvements over its predecessor in terms of hardware & design. The major highlights of the phone are its horizontal screen display for horizontal viewing experience and a full-fledged QWERTY full keyboard for an ease of typing, along with the 4G VoLTE capabilities.
Let us look at some of the Jio Phone 2 Features and Specifications.
Jio Phone 2 Features:
The Jio Phone 2 comes with a plastic body that looks more or less similar to the traditional BlackBerry design. the phone features a 2.40-inch TFT display with a resolution of QVGA (320x 240) pixels) and a pixel density of 167ppi. This time, the company has offered a larger display aligned horizontally to rectify the limitations of media experience on the Jio Phone. For controlling the phone, we have a full QWERTY with a D-Pad for four-way navigation and a dedicated button for voice commands.
Furthermore, the phone is powered by a 1 GHz Dual Core processor at its core, paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded further up to 128GB using a MicroSD card. Though the phone doesn’t pack anything extraordinary, it will easily get you through all your basic daily errands.
On the software front, the Jio Phone 2 runs on the Firefox-based featurephone platform KAI OS which now has support for 22 Indian languages and major popular apps like Whatsapp, Facebook and Youtube. The previous Jio Phone will also be getting these apps through a software update, as said by the company. Furthermore, it also packs certain Jio Apps including the MyJio, JioMusic, JioTV, JioCinema, JioXpressNews, Voice Assistant, JioVideoCall, Jio Games with their respective subscriptions and a dedicated JioStore for downloading more apps in future.
Moreover, the Google Assitant can be triggered by the Voice Command button which also can be used to control certain apps via voice commands. The device can also be used for browsing the internet and can be connected to a CRT TV or Smart TV using the Jio Media Cable.
In the optics department, the Jio Phone 2 gets a 2-megapixel rear camera along with a 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera for selfies and video calls. Powering the phone is a 2000mAh removable battery which is claimed to give 6 hours of 4G talk-time and 150 hours of standby time and can be charged using the bundled 5V 0.7A charger via the Micro USB port.
Connectivity options including dual nano sim slots (Active Jio SIM in Slot 1 + Any other operator 2G SIM in Slot 2), 150Mbps 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE, GPS, USB 2.0, FM Radio and NFC are present on board. A 3.5mm audio jack is present as well.
How to Buy the Jio Phone 2?
As confirmed by the company, the Jio Phone 2 will be available in flash sale beginning from 12 pm on August 16. Once the sale starts on Saturday, the interested consumers will be able to buy the all-new Jio Phone 2 by visiting Reliance Jio’s official website- jio.com or through the official MyJio app by paying a fee of Rs. 2,999.
Steps to buy the Jio Phone 2 in the sale are detailed below.
- Once the Sale starts, Visit Jio.com or open the My Jio App
- Select Jio Phone 2 on website or else tap on the Jio Phone 2 banner in the My Jio App
- The following screen will ask you for pin code, enter the delivery addresses pin code.
- Proceed by clicking on Checkout
- Enter your personal details like Name, Mobile Number, and Email ID
- Further, Select the payment option you wish to pay with.
- Pay the amount of Rs.2999/- via NetBanking, Credit/Debit Card, JioMoney wallet, Bhim UPI etc.
- After the payment is successful, you will receive an Order confirmation notification via Email and SMS.
- Note the order number for future reference.
- Your Jio Phone 2 will be delivered soon at your home.
- Once the device is delivered, visit your nearest Jio Store or Jio Retail Shop with your Aadhar Card to get a Jio Sim with instant activation.
In this way, you can get your hands on the new Jio Phone 2. However, given the fact that it is a flash sale with limited stocks, keep your eye at the site a few minutes ahead of scheduled time, so that you don’t need to wait for the next sale.