JioPhone Next rollout will commence before Diwali, Reliance Jio announced late on Thursday night.

Reliance Jio had in June announced the September 10 launch date for the phone and said that it was being developed with Google, and would bring smartphone features such as Android and the Play Store, but at the price of a feature phone. Although the company had not announced a specific price for the JioPhone Next, a leak suggested that it may cost Rs. 3,499, or $50.

Although the company had announced in June that the new, affordable, Jio phone would launch on Ganesh Chaturthi (that is September 10), it has announced via a press release that the smartphone is currently in advanced trials, and will roll out ahead of Diwali, which is taking place on November 4 this year.

It stated that the phones are currently being tested with a limited set of users, and will be widely rolled out by Diwali. At the same time though, Jio mentioned that the additional time will help to cope with the semiconductor shortage.


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