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JioPhone Next Specifications Teased; Features 13-megapixel rear camera, to run Progress OS

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JioPhone Next sale is going to start just before Diwali. Earlier, the main specifications and features of the phone have been revealed in a short video teaser. JioPhone Next is teased to run on optimized Android-based Pragati OS. The phone has been made in partnership with Google and is set to be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. Other features include Voice Assist, Read Aloud, Translate, a 13-megapixel rear camera and preloaded Google, Jio apps. The JioPhone Next design details have also been unveiled in this short video.

The video details the construction of the JioPhone Next and its key features ahead of the launch. Jio’s first smartphone has been assembled in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. It will run on the newly designed Pragati OS which is powered by Android and specially designed for the Indian audience. The new operating system claims to deliver “optimal performance while ensuring longer battery life”. JioPhone Next will also come with automatic software upgrade.

The video shows the JioPhone Next handset from different angles, revealing a micro-USB port, capacitive touch buttons and a 13-megapixel sensor housed inside a capsule-shaped rear camera module. The module also houses a flash just below the sensor. Rear camera features will include Portrait Mode, Night Mode and preloaded custom India-Augmented Reality filters. The dotted textured back panel, rear speaker and significant bezels around the display are visible in the smartphone. The selfie camera is shown with flash support.

Apart from this, JioPhone Next will also come with a voice assistant that will help users operate the smartphone by answering commands like “open app” and “manage settings”. It also has a ‘Read Aloud’ feature that allows the user to read the content on-screen. It allows users to consume content by listening in a language they can understand. Lastly, JioPhone Next also integrates a ‘Translate’ functionality that allows the user to translate any text in the language of the user’s choice.

As mentioned, the JioPhone Next is powered by a Qualcomm processor, but the chip model is still unknown. A recent Google Play Console listing suggested that the phone could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 (QM215) SoC. Previous leaks reveal that the upcoming Jio smartphone will be priced at Rs. 3,499, or less than $50.

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