iPhone X, Apple's first all-screen smartphone, is now up for pre-orders in India as part of the first wave of pre-bookings. The phone will go on sale next Friday, November 3, in India and other regions i.e. 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.
Both e-tailers have revealed their pre-order offers for the new handset as well. Flipkart is offering Rs. 10,000 cashback to buyers of the new smartphone on purchases made via Citi Credit and Citi World Debit cards; buyers will get Rs. 15,000 cashback if they buy the AirPods with the iPhone X, and Rs. 22,000 on buying the Apple Watch with the smartphone. Buyers can also opt for the buyback offer that guarantees them up to Rs. 52,000 buyback value on upgrading to a new phone, as well as extended warranty for a year. Exchanging an old smartphone to buy the new Apple phone gets a discount of Rs. 20,000 on Flipkart.
Amazon India is also giving the Citi offer that provides cashback of Rs. 10,000 on buying the handset. It has also partnered with Reliance Jio to offer the Jio Buyback Offer, under which customers can get back 70 percent of the phone's purchase value on returning it after a year, minus the applicable taxes. The customers will have to subscribe to the Rs. 799 Jio plan for 12 months in order to be eligible for the buyback, and will get vouchers that can used to buy their next smartphone or any other goods from Reliance Retail outlets. On the iPhone X 64GB, the buyback value will be Rs. 54,824 as the 70 percent buyback will be calculated after deducting the 12 percent GST on the handset.
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 on Thursday 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.