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Google introduces $50 4G smartphone to enable billions of people

Mukesh Ambani’s JioPhone Next, an android device is likely to be the cheapest smartphone available in the market as its pricing is believed to be below $50.

The most affordable 4G smartphone of India, JioPhone Next will began pre-booking from next week. The phone has been created in collaboration with Google. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, doing business as Jio, is an Indian telecommunications company and a subsidiary of Jio Platforms, headquartered in Mumbai, under the chairmanship of Mukesh Ambani.

According to the leaks, the smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch HD display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 215 chipset while being paired with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB of onboard storage. The smartphone is tipped to get a single 13-megapixel rear sensor, whereas an 8-megapixel shooter is on the front. JioPhone Next is powered by its 2500mAh battery. As far as the pricing is concerned, JioPhone could be priced as low as INR 3499.

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JioPhone Next is scheduled to launch on September 10 on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ahead of the launch, the company has started preparations for pre-bookings of the phone.

Due to its budget-friendly price, the device will target the lower segment of buyers that cannot afford expensive phones. This means that phone access will be provided to more people as the smartphone connects the users to the rest of the world.

This also means that companies like Facebook and Google will have greater access to the data of people living in India as more and more become dependent on technology. Most of the businesses of the world now operate on the ‘data economy’ where the statistics and data tells them what product the user is more inclined towards. Now the world’s most valuable resource is data, not oil.

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Pakistan has also recently started manufacturing phones locally as well as exporting them. In fact, the first consignment of 5,500 mobile sets of 4G smartphones manufactured by Inovi Telecom was exported to the UAE on last month. With this new wave of locally produced cheaper phones, more people will be able to avail the opportunities available through technology but at the same time, but at the same time will become more vulnerable to the disadvantages and misuse of technology.