Reliance Jio seems to be planning to launch a new version of its affordable feature phone in the coming weeks. A report indicated that Jio is working on launching its JioPhone 3, the rumored successor to its current JioPhone 2. We are not sure about the exact launch date for the device or any availability details. But, Reliance will likely announce the launch at the 42nd AGM on August 12, 2019. This comes right after a Counterpoint study revealed that JioPhone currently holds a 28 percent market share in the feature phone segment. The 28 percent market share is a sharp dip from the 47 percent market share that the company held last year. Also Read - Reliance JioPhone leads feature phone market in India
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The dip indicates that the demand of JioPhone has decreased significantly in the last one year in the market. A previous report by MySmartPrice claimed that Reliance Jio has likely teamed up with MediaTek for its future device. However, a MediaTek representative has now confirmed that the same is not true. Also Read - Reliance JioPhone 2, Redmi Go and more: 6 budget smartphones on sale this week
Talking about a statement issued on the 4G feature phone project, the report has now clarified that “the MediaTek official did not name Reliance Jio (or any other customers) by name. He did not, at any point, talked about an expected launch date for the MediaTek powered Jio device. There was no reference to Jio or a MediaTek powered Jio device during the conversation.”
There are reports suggesting that the Taiwanese SoC maker may launch a new SoC aimed at the feature phone. TL Lee, the General Manager for Wireless Communication Business Unit at MediaTek issued a statement. According to a report by The Economic Times, Lee added, “The project [4G feature phone] is going on. We expect devices to be available soon.” He went on to state, “We are working with the telco, but OEMs for India we are working with KaiOS as well.”
Besides, a few days back, MediaTek launched its latest SoC in the market, which is called MediaTek Helio G90 and G90T. Both these chipsets will power gaming devices. In fact, Xiaomi is already working on a device with Helio G90T SoC. The Chinese company has already confirmed this via its official Twitter handle.