JioPhone 2 v/s JioPhone: What’s the Difference?

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At the company’s 41st Annual General Meeting, Jio has announced JioPhone 2, the successor of last year’s JioPhone (1st Gen.). Even though both devices share the almost same set of specifications, JioPhone 2 comes with the QWERTY keypad and some other additional features. Find all the key differences below.jiophone2 vs jiophone

Design

In terms of design, the major change on the JioPhone 2 is the QWERTY keypad with 4-way navigation buttons. Even though the display size remains same i.e. 2.4-inch, the JioPhone 2 has a wider QVGA display. Both phones are equipped with the dedicated JioVoice button at the center to trigger the Jio Voice Assistant. Apart from the QWERTY keypad, JioPhone 2 has a dedicated Web and Return key and also a Torchlight which can be activated by long pressing the spacebar.

Hardware

The major change in the JioPhone 2 is the Dual SIM functionality. This phone will accept two Nano SIM cards and also a microSD card up to 128GB. The first slot is restricted to Jio SIM and the second slot can be used with other telecom operators such as Vodafone, Airtel etc. It supports VoLTE and also VoWiFi. The JioPhone has Single SIM and doesn’t support VoWiFi. The company has not revealed the processor used in the JioPhone 2.

Software

JioPhone 2 runs on the KaiOS, the same Operating system which is present on the 1st Gen. JioPhone. So there will not be much difference in the software functionalities. You will get access to Jio apps such as MyJio, JioTV, JioCinema, JioChat, JioMusic, JioXpressNews, JioVideoCall, JioShare, JioGames, and HelloJio. Apart from these Jio Apps, both devices support Facebook, Youtube, and WhatsApp. These apps will be made available via OTA update or through Jio App Store starting 15th August 2018.

Pricing and Availability

JioPhone 2 will be available to buy via Jio Stores, Reliance Digital, and also through Jio partners stores across India starting 15th August 2018. The JioPhone 2 is priced at ₹2,999 and comes in Black hue. The 1st gen. JioPhone will not be discontinued and it will be available in the market along with JioPhone 2. Jio has also announced special JioPhone Monsoon Hungama Offer wherein buyers can exchange their existing feature phone for a brand new JioPhone for Just ₹501 starting 21st July 2018. We’ll update the terms and conditions and other details if any, once we receive the official information from the company.

Comparison: JioPhone 2 v/s JioPhone
Specs JioPhone 2 JioPhone
Display 2.4-inch QVGA 2.4-inch QVGA
Keypad QWERTY Regular (T9)
Processor Not Announced 1.2 GHz Quad-core
Qualcomm / Spreadtrum
SIM Dual Nano SIM Single SIM
RAM 512MB 512MB
Storage 4GB 4GB
microSD Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Front Camera VGA VGA
Rear Camera 2MP 2MP
Battery 2,000mAh 2,000mAh
VoLTE Yes Yes
OS KaiOS KaiOS
Bluetooth Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
USB Port Micro USB Micro USB
Audio Port 3.5mm 3.5mm
FM Radio Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Torchlight Yes Yes
FOTA Yes Yes
Colors Black Black
Price ₹1,500 ₹2,999
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