Mukesh Ambani unveils 'JioPhone Next' smartphone

New Delhi: Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, announced on a 'breakthrough' smartphone that has been developed by Jio, his Indian conglomerate's telecom arm, in partnership with Google and will be launched on September 10.

The JioPhone Next is an Android phone running 'an extremely optimized' operating system that Jio and Google have developed specially for the Indian market, Ambani said during the company's 44th annual general meeting.

Ambani noted that Jio is the first operator outside China to have more than 400 million subscribers in a single country.

It is also the world's second largest mobile data carrier, handling monthly traffic of over 6.3 billion gigabytes.

"It is my promise that JioPhone Next will be among the most affordable smartphones not just in India, but globally," said Ambani, who was widely reported to be the richest person in Asia in 2021.

Even though Jio offers affordable 4G broadband services, India still has about 300 million mobile users who are unable to upgrade from inefficient 2G services when even a basic 4G smartphone is beyond their means.

"Therefore, an ultra-affordable 4G smartphone is essential to make India 2G-free," said Ambani.

JioPhone Next features include voice assistant, automatic read-aloud of screen text, language translation, and smart camera with augmented reality filters.