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New iPhones changing hands below official prices in China

22 September, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • 'An evolution, not a revolution': Apple's new iPhones score only slightly above the X in reviews

Meanwhile, on the larger iPhone XS Max, Apple stuck with a simpler two-cell design to deliver the largest battery in any iPhone ever, boasting a total capacity of 3,179 mAh.

"We know the current economic situation is not good and many people are strapped for cash".

This makes the iPhone Xs R5,000 than the Samsung Note 9 with the same amount of storage.

Apple unveiled its latest of its iPhones at an event on September 12.

The event took place on the eve of September 20 at Apple's flagship Orchard Road store, the night before it opened its doors to customers.

The iPhone Xs starts at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB base variant.


Sheung Leung from G World at Sin Tat Plaza, who sells the gadget mainly to local and mainland customers, said profit was slashed by half compared to two or three years ago. As tradition has followed, Apple fans in Singapore queued up outside Apple stores overnight in sheer anticipation of buying the new iPhone XS or XS Max.

For a select few, however, purchasing a new iPhone is little more than a race to see who can destroy it first (and reap the YouTube ad revenue rewards).

The more affordable XR with a 6.1-inch liquid crystal display, which will be available in six colors including blue and yellow, will cost 84,800 yen and go on sale on Oct 26.

If your thumb is not ready to let go, you can grab a still-speedy and finger-friendly iPhone 8, which Apple is now selling for $600. Consumers likely feel they'll have better luck grabbing one from a retail store.

The iPhone XR starts at $749, up $50 from last year's $699 for the iPhone 8. But none of the enhancements are significant unless a user upgrading a much older iPhone. There, the iPhone XS Max 512GB model is changing hands at 14,800 yuan (US$2,161), or 2,001 yuan more than the official price. The overall price range is $449 to $1,449 now, up from $349 to $1,149 previously.

The iPhone XR will be available for pre order starting October 19. Cao Zhongqiang from Shanghai was told he couldn't get any devices on the first day without an existing order.

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