Reliance Jio plans ‘cloud laptop’ to cut ownership cost: All you need to know

Reliance Jio is reportedly working on a ‘cloud laptop’, which will be priced at around 15,000, drastically reducing the ownership cost.

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“The laptop will be a ‘dumb terminal’ with all the storage and processing on the Jio Cloud, allowing users to access all the services at a faster speed,” a senior Reliance Jio official was quoted as saying in the Economic Times report (story behind paywall).

The official added: “You have a dumb terminal, you use it like a normal laptop, but all your memory, processing etc., which is adding to the cost, is stored in the cloud. The same device can be used by multiple people with personalised services.”

All you need to know about Reliance Jio’s ‘cloud laptop’:

(1.) Currently, one must spend nearly 50,000 to own a laptop, the official told Economic Times. In comparison, the Reliance Jio PC (personal computer), on the other hand, will come for around 15,000.

(2.) The country’s leading telecom operator is in talks with top manufacturers such as Acer, HP, Lenovo, among others, and will bring the laptop to the market in ‘a few months.’

(3.) Trials are being conducted on the HP Chromebook for the proposed cloud PC, which will be Jio’s second laptop; in July, the Mumbai-based company launched JioBook at 16,499.

(4.) While JioBook is based on the JioOS operating system, the new device is expected to run on other operating systems, including Windows.

(5.) Additionally, the telecom giant will offer a monthly subscription for the upcoming PC; as part of the subscription, many features will come bundled with it, while the more specialised ones can be purchased at an additional price.

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