At this point of time, Reliance Jio SIMs and WiFi hotspots are hard to find at Reliance stores since the official launch of the Jio network on September 5. Apparently, Reliance has silently launched a new JioFi 4G wireless hotspot device in the meanwhile.
First spotted on Twitter, images of the new JioFi were posted by a user Raghvendra which shows the new device with a larger form factor than the previous JioFi 2 and an OLED display that is able to show information like – Wi-Fi connectivity, SIM card status, battery status, On/Off status and more.
— Raghvendra™ (@IamRaghvendraS) 14 September 2016
The device itself looks considerably bigger than the previous generation, thanks to the 2,600 mAh battery backup – compared to JioFi 2’s 2,300 mAh battery. At the backside of the device, there is a “Designed in India” label.
The device comes in two different cylindrical packagings, blue and red. Both the colourful boxes carry the JioFi logo on the side, but what we do not know yet is whether there is any difference in the device itself in the different packaging.
Up to 10 devices can be connected to the JioFi at the same time, down from 31 devices that the JioFi 2 could handle. There is a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB.
The new JioFi is priced at Rs 1,999 and is available in selected cities. The price of JioFi 2 was recently slashed by Reliance and now retails at Rs 1,999 down from its original price of Rs 2,999. JioFi devices will give a user access to unlimited 4G data until December 31, after which they can decide to go with Reliance’s cheap data plans.