iPhone X has gone on sale in India with huge queues visible outside authorised Apple resellers in Delhi-NCR as well as Mumbai. Gadgets 360 witnessed the queues first hand at an Apple reseller in Mumbai's Lower Parel as well as Delhi's Vasant Kunj on Friday evening, with reports of most major retail stores across the country witnessing similar scenes.
iPhone X India retail availability began at 6pm IST, with dozens of people lining up outside stores hours before that time in order to be the first to get their hands on the smartphone.
"We were up since 6am to drive down here as we thought 12 [noon] was the delivery time - we didn't know it was at 6[pm]," said Ayush, who drove down to Delhi from Dehradun with his friend so the latter could get his hands on a 256GB iPhone X on day one. "It's now more than 12 hours, out of which 7 hours of travel and 5-6 hours of waiting. Finally I think it's worth the wait, as always. We are absolutely Apple lovers and we are more than happy to receive it."
Of course, as has been endlessly reported since (and even before) the smartphone's launch, the supply will likely not be able to match demand and Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone will leave many potential buyers - and almost certainly those without pre-bookings - disappointed.
A retailer in South Delhi told Gadgets 360 that only those who pre-booked the smartphone with them would be able to pick it up on launch day on Friday, and everyone else may as well "forget it" for the next 3-4 days, at least.
India is of course not the only country where people are queuing up to buy the iPhone X. The first wave of launch countries include Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US, and US Virgin Islands.
We've already seen long queues in the first markets the iPhone X became available in, such as Australia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Singapore. Lines started to form outside Apple's New York City stores from Thursday itself.
iPhone X India price starts at Rs. 89,000 for the 64GB version, while the 256GB version is priced at Rs. 1,02,000. The smartphone will be available in Silver and Space Grey colours. Apple has already revealed pricing of the Apple-designed accessories like leather and silicone cases, which will be available starting at Rs. 3,500. An all-new iPhone X leather folio will be available at Rs. 8,600 while a Lightning Dock in colour-matching metallic finishes will be available at Rs. 4,700.
At this price, the iPhone X will be the most expensive smartphone in the country with closest rival being the Pixel 2 XL, which went up for pre-orders in India last week at Rs. 73,000 for the base variant. Apple's own iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus went on sale in India back last month. The iPhone 8 price in India starts at Rs. 64,000 for the 64GB variant and is Rs. 77,000 for the 256GB model. iPhone 8 Plus 64GB and 256GB storage models come at Rs. 73,000 and Rs. 86,000, respectively.
iPhone X is the company's first all-screen smartphone and sports a 5.8-inch Super Retina display. It packs Face ID, wireless charging, all glass and surgical-grade stainless steel body. It also comes with water and dust resistance. It has two 12-megapixel cameras with OIS. The rear camera now packs dual optical image stabilisation which includes new colour filter, deeper pixels, and image signal processor. There's a 7-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera. It is powered by A11 Bionic processor which comes with neural engine for supporting machine learning, augmented reality and 3D gaming. The iPhone X sports an all glass and stainless steel design with all-screen display.