JioPhone Major Source of Revenue for UNISOC, in Talks With Lava and Micromax to Bring Cheap 4G Smartphones

Reliance JioPhone and also the JioPhone 2 have gained wide popularity and success among the masses because of their budget-friendly prices. Both these JioPhones are powered by UNISOC, the Chinese smartphone chipset maker which is formerly known as Spreadtrum. A report coming from Economic Times claims that the majority of UNISOC’s revenue comes from the sales of the JioPhone. After powering JioPhone, UNISOC is reportedly in talks with homegrown smartphone makers — Micromax and Lava — and aims to bring cheap 4G smartphones in India.


With the partnership with Lava and Micromax, UNISOC will target to not just depend on JioPhone for revenue but also other means. Looks like UNISEC, with this initiative, the chip market is also aiming to bring 4G connectivity to every corner of the country and allow all users to have access to the faster wireless mobile internet and connect to the world. Companies like Lava and Micromax have been coming up with budget-friendly smartphones, but sadly, they lacked some of the key features like WhatsApp, Facebook and more so, internet browsing and also were highly priced for their offerings. Phones powered by UNISOC chipset will bring these features to the cheap phones.

Other chip-making companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek gave a tough fight to UNISOC as the latter isn’t as powerful as the first two. Additionally, survival has been difficult for UNISOC in this emerging marketplace because the majority of its revenue comes from booming Jio Phone sales in India.

UNISOC to Increase Revenues by Partnering with Lava and Micromax

Reports claimed that JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 had seen massive success in India. According to the latest report, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has managed to sell nearly 40 million Jio Phone units in the country, including an average sale of 7 million every month in the last three months.

Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone last year and JioPhone 2 this year with QWERTY keypad and with both these phones the company took over the Indian feature phone market by a storm. UNISOC claims that these dirt-cheap phones paired with music and streaming services and also apps like WhatsApp, YouTube and Google and more, had increased the market share of the company by 40 per cent.

However, compared to the smartphone segment, the feature phone sales in India have been slipping for a long time now. This state worries UNISOC and hence the company is planning to make a comeback to the market by partnering with Lava and Micromax and bring cheap phones with great specs.

Price of Lava and Micromax Smartphones

These aforementioned Micromax and Lava smartphones are said to be powered by UNISOC 9863 and will come with a budget-friendly price tag. UNISOC believes that its comeback will target the Rs 6,999 price segment phones, but then the problem is, other popular smartphone makers like Realme, Xiaomi, Honor, among others, who already have some of their best phones like Redmi 5A, Realme C1 in this price. To raise its revenue, UNISOC should focus on two things — to bring low priced phones and support apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and more.

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25 Comments on "JioPhone Major Source of Revenue for UNISOC, in Talks With Lava and Micromax to Bring Cheap 4G Smartphones"


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subhendu ( kolkata)
November 9, 2018 3:15 pm 3:15 PM

1st improve ur network, then invest for handset.

November 9, 2018 1:12 pm 1:12 PM

Unisoc should forget above 6k budget phone as they are rulled by xiaomi and realme. It will be better if they stick to 3k budget and improve existing jio phone 2 without hiking the price.

November 9, 2018 11:50 am 11:50 AM

Jio Optimized Network in my aria Now Upload Speed
reduced to 10-12Mbps which was 25Mbps & Download Speed is increased

November 9, 2018 5:22 pm 5:22 PM

Upload speeds hovers around 10 mbps when band 40 or 3 is base whereas it hovers around 20 mbps when band 5 is base

November 9, 2018 1:09 pm 1:09 PM

Which handset ?

November 9, 2018 3:34 pm 3:34 PM

this is Sam.. Note 9 …same speed on my onePlus 6

& this speed possible only With Real 3CA supported device
like – Oneplus 5/5T ,6/6T . S7, S8/8+, S9/9+ ,Note 7,8,9
Asus Zenfone 5Z

( POCO F1 Not In 3CA List)

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 9, 2018 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

Are you sure One Plus 5/5T/Samsung Galaxy S7 edge/Zenfone 5Z/S8/+ supports 3CA. I feel they support 2CA.

November 9, 2018 7:24 pm 7:24 PM

s7 and s8 supports 3CA confirmed. I tried on s7, s7 edge, note 8 and note 9

November 9, 2018 5:56 pm 5:56 PM

Yes all 100% 3CA on s7/Egde, s8/+, OP5/T
But Asus Zenfone 5Z some user Reporting 2CA , some 3CA (Live SS) on xda 4m

Jio lover
November 9, 2018 5:39 pm 5:39 PM

Wat about moto one power
Does it support 3CA??

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 9, 2018 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

I think it supports 2CA. There’s a chance it could support 3CA, but I’m not sure.

November 9, 2018 8:55 pm 8:55 PM

When Nokia 6.1 Speed is 1-2Mbps
same Time moto one power speed is 11-12Mbps
& 4G+ shown on Status Bar On Moto one Power
Do’t Confirmed 2CA or 3CA

Rajnish | Agra
November 9, 2018 4:00 pm 4:00 PM

I bought poco f1 because of their claims of 4G+ on Indian networks.
But they are providing very limited support for it (only 2CA on Band 3).
No carrier aggregation on band 5.

While my Moto g6 with SD450 used to get CA on band 3 and 5 both.

I have been complaining about this on feedback app and Twitter but noby responds.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 9, 2018 9:05 pm 9:05 PM

Poco F1 has hardware support for 4CA, but it’s made to support just 2CA. Editing those NVram values using QXDM, you could enable 4CA support. You’ll have to manually add 40+40, 3+5+40, 3+5, 40+5 and 40+3

You could use YouTube to find out how to use the software QXDM Professional.

November 10, 2018 12:42 pm 12:42 PM

on POCO F1, Editing NVram values using QXDM do’t help This…already tested.. 2 mth ago

there is noting to do.. in nvram . no LTE_CA_BC config ..put any value do’t effect anything .

November 9, 2018 6:46 pm 6:46 PM


November 9, 2018 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

Write/complaint to — jmani at Xiaomi dot com & manu at Xiaomi dot com

Rajnish | Agra
November 9, 2018 5:32 pm 5:32 PM

Thanks Anshuman. I will try this as well.

Rajnish | Agra
November 9, 2018 3:55 pm 3:55 PM

Akhilesh ji what speeds are you getting on Poco f1 in band 3 4G+?

November 9, 2018 6:04 pm 6:04 PM

POCO F1 (3+40) 40 to 60Mbps