This is Why Your Jio­Phone Can­not Con­nect to a TV Yet


The cheapest 4G-enabled feature phone in the market, the Reliance JioPhone, boasts of connecting to your TV set and streaming movies, music and more there, but that feature of the device can not be used yet.

Reliance JioPhone was unveiled in July 2017, was made available for pre-orders the next month and started shipping to customers earlier this month.

The JioPhone, which is retailing at Rs 1,500 — a security deposit refundable after three years — can be connected to a CRT or HD (LED, LCD) TVs but it needs a connecting hardware which is still unavailable.

The HDMI and VGA connector for the TVs that will need to be bought separately have been developed by the company, but it hasn’t been put up for sale yet.

Reliance Jio showcased two variants of its video connectors for the JioPhone at the Indian Mobile Congress, but the company representatives remained tight-lipped about the expected price of the device and uncertain of its availability.

While no date has been announced for this accessory to go on sale, the company will make it available soon, especially since they’ve already started delivering JioPhone to the millions of customers who pre-ordered it.

Reliance JioPhone Specifications

  • Display: The Reliance JioPhone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display.
  • Processor: The device is powered by the 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU.
  • Memory and Storage: The JioPhone comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
  • Camera: It sports a 2MP camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front.
  • Battery: The device is backed by a 2000mAh battery which can be charged via the USB 2.0 port.

The device runs on KAI OS and supports a single Nano sim. It supports 4G VoLTE network, comes with Bluetooth 4.1, support for WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, GPS.

The 4G feature phone will come loaded with Jio apps such as Jio Cinema and Jio Music. These apps can be run on a larger TV screen with the help of the Jio HDMI and VGA connectors.

The device also supports an impressive voice command app for calls, messages, search and more. Simply tell the device who you want to call or what you want to send as a text or what you want to know — with a slight lag, it all gets done.

The company had mentioned earlier that the device has hardware support for NFC and wireless payments, which will be introduced via a software update to the phone in the coming months.

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