Reliance Jio

You’ve heard of Android phones, tablets, TVs, cars, and smartwatches, but have you ever considered it for your laptop? The closest thing is Chromebooks, as they support Android apps. But what about actual Android? India-based Reliance will start selling a laptop powered by Google’s world-famous mobile OS.

Reliance has launched the JioBook, a laptop that’s running an Android-based OS called JioOS that’s, according to the company, “optimized for superior performance.” It supports many local Indian languages, and it starts at 15,799 rupees, or $190. As it runs Android and it’s priced similarly to entry-level Android handsets, you can expect pretty modest specifications. Laptops running Android are nothing new, but they have fallen out of style as Windows and Chrome OS became more optimized for low-end hardware.

You’re getting a 64-bit Qualcomm SoC with an octa-core configuration, as well as 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and a 1366×768 display. Android likely works better than Windows with that hardware, but also, 2GB of RAM is considered very low-end in the Android smartphone ecosystem, so we can’t imagine it’ll do wonders on a laptop. It does come with a range of unique features, such as cellular support (with an included Jio SIM card) and up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge.

This laptop will be exclusive to the Indian market. If you want to run Android apps on your laptop, you should either buy a Chromebook or try out the Android subsystem on Windows 11.

Source: TechCrunch

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