JioPhone Next, the device made possible by the collaboration of two giants, Google and Jio, is finally available for purchase in India. It is claimed to be the world’s most affordable 4G smartphone yet, but is it worth the hype? Let’s take a look at its price, EMI tariff plan and features in detail.
JioPhone Next price is 6,499 in India at Rs.6,499, but if you want to buy it in installments, you can avail Jio’s combined EMI Tariff Plan, You can get the device by paying a down payment of Rs. 1,999 and processing fee of Rs. 501. You can then choose any plan that works for you and pay the amount in monthly installments. There are always-on plans, large plans, XL plans, and XXL plans. All of them have installment options of 24 and 18 months. According to the plan chosen, you will get data and calling benefits every month.
Out of these four, the most affordable EMI plan is priced at Rs. 350 per month for 18 months. So, ultimately, the phone will cost you Rs. 8,800 in total including down payment (Rs 1,999) and processing fee (Rs 501). The next best plan costs Rs. 300 for 24 months, which is a lower monthly payment, but Rs. 9,700 over a period of 2 years.
target audience for JioPhone Next There are feature phone users who are yet to come online, so considering these EMI plans, JioPhone Next could be a great deal for first time smartphone users.
But, overall, if you compare JioPhone Next in terms of specs with the competition such as realme c11 And redmi 9aYou can get much better features at this price point. The JioPhone Next sports a dated design and a small 5.45-inch HD+ display with very basic features. Additionally, you can only use 4G Jio SIM, and SIMs from other networks will only work with 2G networks.
However, it also has some extraordinary features. The device runs on Pragati OS, which is a modified version of Android 11 Go edition. It has Google Assistant and support for 10 languages, including Hindi. Jio promises text-to-speech for anything on the screen, along with on-screen and voice translation features. These can be useful for many first time smartphone users.
You can remove the back panel to replace the battery, and insert two SIMs and a microSD card. Also, in the camera department, it packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Jio says that it also has Portrait Mode and Night Mode. There are also Snapchat filters right inside the camera app, some with Indian festival themes.
JioPhone Next can be great for those who are still using 2G feature phones. It can connect Indian users to the internet with an easy EMI plus tariff plan. However, those who want to buy the best value for money smartphone under Rs. 7,000 or less Rs. 10,000 may be disappointed with the JioPhone Next, but the appeal lies in the low entry cost, local-language integration, and reach of the Jio network.
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