Bharti Airtel to Launch Its Affordable 4G VoLTE Smartphone in the First Week of October: Report

Earlier this month, it was reported that India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel is looking to launch an affordable 4G VoLTE smartphone around Diwali this year. And a new report now says that Airtel will launch the device in the first week of October, in-line with earlier rumours.

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As per a report from 91mobiles, Bharti Airtel will launch the device in the first week of October before Diwali itself. It is now said that the device will be priced below Rs. 2000, contrary to the earlier price tag of Rs. 2,500.

Airtel is considering this move to counterattack Reliance Jio and its affordable & smartest feature phone JioPhone. While Jio launched a feature phone aiming to attract the current feature phone users, Airtel is considering a different approach and will launch a smartphone itself. This could be a good move, but again, it entirely depends on the smartphone’s price tag.

So, Airtel’s approach is different here. The operator is partnering with a smartphone manufacturer for the affordable 4G VoLTE smartphone, and Airtel’s part would be to co-brand the smartphone and offer attractive bundled tariff plans. One of the primary highlights of the JioPhone is its Rs. 153 tariff plan and Airtel will be looking to launch a similar tariff plan, whose details are unknown at the moment.

Furthermore, we recently reported the specifications of the smartphone. The so-called Airtel 4G VoLTE smartphone will flaunt a 4-inch FWVGA display, and will be powered by a quad-core processor. The device will sport 1GB of RAM and may have 8GB of internal storage. There might be a microSD slot for storage expansion.

Our sources earlier confirmed that the device will run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and comes with dual camera support (front and back). Of course, it will be a dual-SIM supported smartphone, which also has 4G LTE and VoLTE calling support. This entire package will be backed by a 1400-1600mAh battery. The smartphone will come preloaded with FM Radio application.

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[…] company to bring an affordable 4G smartphone to the market. It was rumoured in recent times that Airtel is partnering with smartphone brands in the country to launch a cheaper 4G smartphone, aimed at Reliance […]

Nikhil
Nikhil

Airtel has became pathetic in Mumbai!!!!! Only 2G working like Idea!!!!!

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Lol I guess all networks are pathetic in Mumbai. How’s mtnl at this time of the year? 😀

Lalit K
Lalit K

Still patchy 3G network , very good 2G network. I guess they have lost the game.

Kaushik
Kaushik

Only Jio, Rcom and Vodafone are good in Mumbai. Airtel has coverage but poor speeds. MTNL 3G is very patchy. Less spoken about idea the better.

Nikhil
Nikhil

Who uses MTNL in these day and age? BSNL is Alive because of great offers….. Otherwise it would have been dead few years before….. Due to Jio atleast BSNL will survive for few years!!!!! In Mumbai Aircel and Tata Docomo are better than MTNL!!!!!

Lalit K
Lalit K

Tata doesn’t have a 3G in mumbai but 2G is just superb. Aircel is slight better than rocm in mumbai. Never used rcom due to bad exp in money deduction.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

I was being sarcastic with the MTNL comment considering its the worst network in mumbai for 3g lol. Their 3g was capped to 3.6Mbps and they didn’t bother to upgrade. That was over 5 years ago now. I was using BSNL sim roaming on MTNL in Mumbai.

Nikhil
Nikhil

As some of the phones have slots like 3G in their second sim slot…. I am using RCom GSM which is fantastic in 3G in Mumbai….. 89 something daily one GB…. 9

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