4G SIM card compatible laptops haven't made a huge impact in India yet, but may well become the next big thing for the telecom market.
This could open a different segment of laptops in the country. Reliance Jio revolutionized the data usage in India with its super aggressive pricing strategy.
The intent to develop such a laptop is being attributed to increasing the average revenue per user (ARPU) for Reliance Jio. The company has held talks with USA chipmaker Qualcomm to bring out laptops running the Windows 10 operating system with an inbuilt cellular connection for the Indian market.
The laptops will reportedly run on Windows 10 and come with Qualcomm chipsets. Reliance Jio evidently wants to make its presence felt among operators beyond smartphones. The company is apparently looking to launch a laptop with 4G SIM card support. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India. Globally, the chipmaker is already working on the so-called 'Always connected PCs' with players like HP, Lenovo and Asus. For those unaware, Jio already offers multiple devices including JioPhone, JioFi, and Lyf smartphones. If this comes out to be true then Jio laptops will connect to the Internet automatically when switched on without the need of manual Wi-Fi or LAN connection.
According to Counterpoint market research firm, Always Connected PCs could generate revenue close to $5 million or Rs 30 crore revenue per month, or close to Rs 360 crore per year at a minimum to more than Rs 1000 crore a year for mobile networks in India. If laptops start rolling out with data bundles, Reliance Jio is not eyeing to conquer the laptop market but it is aiming to reach out to more consumers and strengthen its user base. It will also be favourable for those users who have to bear separate tariffs for their wi-fi and 4G recharges. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".