A brand new model of the Reliance JioFi 4G Wi-Fi Router has just surfaced. Recently, we spotted it at a Reliance Digital Xpress Mini Store in Kolkata. While the present version of the portable router is called the JioFi 2 or JioFi M2, the new model is named only as JioFi. The latest variant sports upgraded battery capacity with a brand new OLED display panel in a redesigned body.
The revamped model is currently being sold at some offline stores of Reliance. The newer JioFi comes in an entirely different packaging than its predecessor. The older model was packed in a cardboard box, while the latest ships in a round watch like container. The printed price is different too; the newer variant comes with a MRP of Rs. 4050, while the previous one costed Rs. 2899. The renovated model features a small monochromatic screen on the front of it. The new OLED panel shows the battery percentage, signal power indicator, and Wi-Fi sign. This fixes one of the biggest drawbacks of the JioFi 2 where the users could not see the strength of the 4G signal.
The new JioFi is almost 40 percent larger the current model. This is a downside as it hampers the compactness of the device which is meant to be portable. Although we guess that this has been done to enhance the signal strength of the modem and also to accommodate the larger battery. The new version has a matt finish in comparison to the shiny finishing of the older one. Even though it may seem charming to some, the new device looks a lot less handsome in its latest avatar.
The battery capacity has been raised to 2600mAh from the 2300mAh of the older model. In spite of the escalation, the latest JioFi sports a lower battery rating; while the previous one had a total runtime of around 8 hours, the newer variant rocks a 5-hour rating. The older JioFi 2 flaunted a total standby time of 300 hours, which is also reduced to 260 hours. Panasonic makes the new battery cell, and it is manufactured in Japan. The older one is made in China by TEAMGIANT NEW ENERGY TECH.
Further into the specifications, the new JioFi supports less number of connected devices than its predecessor. The older JioFi 2 supports 31 connections, while the newer JioFi can accommodate maximum ten devices. The larger dimension along with increased power consumption do indicate that the latest variant has improved Wi-Fi broadcasting capability. I will be using both the portable 4G routers for some days and will be back with detailed reviews about both of them. Till now, Reliance has not yet changed the price and it the new JioFi is available at the same Rs. 1999.