The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has reportedly held talks with Qualcomm to launch always connected 4G laptops in India. The company has held talks with United States chipmaker Qualcomm to bring out laptops running the Windows 10 operating system with an inbuilt cellular connection for the Indian market.
"The report quotes Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, saying, "...we have talked to Jio. The company is working with major PC manufacturers for the "always-connected personal computers". Qualcomm is already closely working with Jio and Reliance Retail for the 4G feature phone. The budget 4G laptop will come bundled with a Jio data pack.
As per Counterpoint data, close to five million laptops are sold every year in India with a lot of them connecting to either enterprise or home or public WiFi spots. If reports are to be believed, one can say that there's a huge possibility of Jio entering the laptop market in India.
A laptop running on a SIM could soon be a reality.
No other telecom provider has such an enormous presence in consumer electronics as Reliance.
Over 5 million notebooks are sold in India every year according to Counterpoint Research, with most relying on enterprise, home, or public Wi-Fi spots.
In that case, a laptop powered by a SIM card is a hugely functional device, especially because WiFi connectivity continues to be patchy in most parts of India. Hence, there will be some performance differences if you compare these laptops with the mainstream laptops that are powered by Intel's (or even AMD) processors.
"Reliance Jio is in discussion with MUFG (formerly The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ), Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to raise $500 million", sources in the know of the development told PTI.
This can probably be the future of computing as the users could enjoy connectivity in their laptops on the go, without the hassles of mobile tethering and plugging dongles.