JioPhone Next price in India could get more expensive after delayed launch and component shortage, claims report
JioPhone Next missed its expected launch date of September 10, when the company announced that it was delaying the launch due to the global semiconductor shortage that has affected businesses around the world. The smartphone, which was announced at the company’s 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM), is now expected to arrive around Diwali. However, a new report has suggested that the upcoming smartphone from Jio could get more expensive, after its delayed launch.
According to a report by ET Telecom, which cites industry analysts, not only has the price of components gone up by 20 percent, but the time required to source and procure these components has also doubled from eight weeks to 16 weeks or 20 weeks. While Jio has previously stated that the JioPhone will be the country’s cheapest 4G enabled smartphone, reports had estimated the price could be under the ₹5,000 mark, which would give rivals Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme some serious competition.
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The report also states that the shortage in components appears to have affected the affordable budget price tier the most, which means that Jio could face a challenge ahead: ensuring supply while the global component crisis continues. The analysts expect that this could go on for the next six to eight months, according to the report.
When Jio announced that the much-awaited JioPhone Next would not be launching, it had stated the phone would be “more widely” available around Diwali, and that it would help to “mitigate the current industry-wide, global semiconductor shortages”. Whether these challenges will mean the JioPhone Next will cost more when it is launched, or whether the company absorbs the costs by way of subsidy remains to be seen and more details could appear as the general launch period specified by the company approaches over the coming weeks.
The smartphone, which will run an optimised version of Google’s Android operating system, will have special features tailored to Indian users like on-screen text translation, the ability to read text out loud and localised support for Google Assistant. Similarly, the device is also expected to come with Snapchat-like filters as part of the camera app. It is expected to run optimised versions of Android apps, and support dual SIM 4G connectivity, according to reports.