The device, made possible by the collaboration of two giants, Geophone Next, Google and Geo, is finally available for purchase in India. It is claimed to be the most affordable 4G smartphone in the world, but is it worth promoting? Let’s look at its price, EMI tariff plan and features in detail.
JioPhone Next is priced at Rs. 6,499 in India, but if you want to buy it in installments, you can take advantage of Jio’s integrated EMI tariff plans. You can get the device by making a down payment of Rs. 1,999 and processing fee Rs. 501. You can then choose any plan that works for you and pay the amount in monthly installments. There is always an ongoing plan, big plan, XL plan and XXL plan. They all have 24 and 18 month installment options. You will get data and calling benefits every month depending on the plan you choose.
The most affordable of these four EMI plans is priced at Rs. 350 per month for 18 months. So, in the end, the price of the phone is Rs. Total 8,800 including down payment (Rs. 1,999) and processing fee (Rs. 501). For the next best plan Rs. 300 for 24 months, which is a low monthly payment, but Rs. 9,700 over a period of 2 years.
The target audience for JioPhone Next are feature phone users who have not yet 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 with competitors like Realme C11 and Redmi 9A in terms of specs, you can get a lot of great features at this price. The JioPhone Next has a dated design with very basic features and a small 5.45-inch HD + display. Additionally, you can only use 4G JIO SIMs and SIMs from other networks will only work on 2G networks.
However, it also has some great features. Device Progress runs on OS, the tweaked version of Android 11 Go Edition. It has support for 10 languages including Google Assistant and Hindi. Jio promises on-screen and voice translation features as well as text-to-speech for anything on screen. This may be useful for many first time smartphone users.
You can remove the rear panel to replace the battery and insert two SIMs and a microSD card. Next, in the camera section, it has a single 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. There is also a portrait mode and a night mode, Xiao says. The camera app also has Snapchat filters, with some Indian festival themes.
JioPhone Next might be great for those who are still using 2G feature phones. It can easily connect Indian users to the Internet with EMI plus tariff plans. However, those who are looking to buy the best priced smartphone below Rs. 7,000 or less. About 10,000 people may be disappointed with JioPhone Next, but the appeal lies in lower access costs, local-language integration and Jio network reach.
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