India’s best selling feature 4G phone, the JioPhone, now has a successor. The JioPhone 2 comes with a new design and tons of new features while keeping a few ones from its predecessor.
The biggest change in the JioPhone is its design. Gone is the candy bar design. The JioPhone 2 is now wider, thanks to a full QWERTY keyboard. The display is still 2.4-inches but now sits in landscape mode.
It still has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot for adding up to an additional 128GB of storage. The JioPhone 2 also runs KaiOS and will be getting Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube support when it goes on sale on August 15. The original JioPhone will also get it on the same day.
Another upgrade in the JioPhone 2 is support for dual nano-SIM cards. It also has a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. There is Cat. 4 LTE, VoLTE, VoWiFi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and even NFC. There is also an FM radio, Google Assistant, and a single mono speaker.
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The JioPhone 2 is powered by a 2000mAh battery. It has an introductory price of INR 2,999 (~$44). Reliance Industries Limited, the owners of Reliance Jio and the JioPhones, also announced that it will run a promo where owners of other feature phones can exchange their device for the original JioPhone for just INR 501 (~$7).