Apple’s much-awaited iPhone X finally went on pre-orders today in more than 53 countries including India. Due to limited availability, pre-orders ran out of stock in less than 30 minutes in the US and other countries. Brisk iPhone X pre-orders in India have put the concerns about the phone being too expensive for the world’s second-largest smartphone market. The iPhone X India pre-orders opened at 12:31 p.m. local time. It ran out of stock in just 15 minutes on Flipkart and Amazon India, two of the largest e-commerce players in the country.
iPhone X India price out of reach for most people
The device has received an overwhelming response in India. The iPhone X India price starts at Rs 89,000 ($1368.5) for the 64GB version and Rs 102,000 ($1568) for the 256GB model. India is among countries where the iPhone X is most expensive. The phone will go on sale on Friday, November 3. If you were not lucky enough to place your pre-order before the phone ran out of stock at online retailers, you could still pre-book your phone at Apple-authorized offline retail stores. Some of them are still taking orders.
Both Flipkart and Amazon India are not accepting pre-orders right now. But if you want to book the phone, you can enter your email address to receive a notification when the phone becomes available next. Apple has already warned potential buyers that they should reach the retail stores at the earliest on Nov.3 if they want to walk out of the store with the iPhone X on the launch day.
Best iPhone X India deals on Flipkart, Amazon, Jio
Both Flipkart and Amazon India have revealed their promotional plans and offers for the 10th-anniversary iPhone. Flipkart is giving you Rs 10,000 cashback if you purchase the device using Citi Credit Cards or Citi World Debit Cards. If you have an Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card, you can get a 5% discount. The e-tailer is also offering Rs 15,000 cashback if you buy AirPods with the iPhone X. You can get Rs 22,000 cashback if you buy Apple Watch with the new iPhone.
If you want, you can also opt for a buyback offer at Flipkart that guarantees up to Rs 52,000 buyback value if you upgrade to a new phone next year. What’s more, Flipkart is giving customers up to Rs 20,000 discount if they exchange their old smartphones. There is an EMI option starting at Rs 3,042 for three years. Flipkart also has a no-cost EMI option, but it starts at Rs 14,834.
Amazon India also has the same Rs 10,000 cashback offer for Citi Credit and Citi World Debit Card users. Amazon has also joined hands with telecom carrier Reliance Jio to give you the Jio Buyback offer, which allows you to get 70% of the phone’s purchase value back by returning it next year between October 01 to December 31, 2018. You can avail the Jio Buyback offer before December 31, 2017.
To take advantage of the Jio offer, you have to be a current or new subscriber to Jio’s Rs 799 plan for 12 months. If you want, you can make a yearly payment of Rs 9,999. But remember that you’ll not get 70% back in cash next year. You’ll get vouchers that you can use to purchase a new smartphone or any other product from Reliance Retail outlets. The Rs 799 plan gives you unlimited voice calls and 3GB of 4G data per day.
The 10th-anniversary iPhone is available in Space Gray and Silver color options. The Cupertino company has also revealed prices for its accessories such as silicone and leather cases that start at Rs 3,500. The Lightning Dock has been priced at Rs 4,700 and the iPhone X leather folio is available at Rs 8,600. The iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone available in India.
If you cannot afford the 10th-anniversary edition, you may opt for the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. The regular iPhone 8 costs Rs 64,000 for the 64GB model and Rs 77,000 for the 256GB variant. The larger 8 Plus will set you back by Rs 73,000 for 64GB and Rs 86,000 for the 256GB model. The iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X have similar specs. The only differences are the Face ID, bezel-less OLED display, and animoji.
The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display. The front panel is all screen except for a notch at the top that accommodates the front camera, 3D infrared, and other sensors. The phone has a glass back to support wireless charging. It has two 12MP camera sensors with optical image stabilization on the back. There is a 7MP front-facing camera capable of taking photos with Portrait Lighting effect.
The iPhone X is powered by Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chipset, which is accompanied by a neural engine to support machine learning, 3D gaming, and augmented reality.