Poll : How much you will pay for the iPhone 5 in India?
Beyond the 4 inch and several UI refinements of iPhone5 lies a lot of stuff Apple has done. The phone has an ARM based quad core chip dubbed the A6 which is two times faster than the previous version and 22 % smaller. It has an 8 megapixel camera which clicks photographs at 2364×2448 resolution.
The phone’s battery lasts 225 hours on standby and gives 8 hours of 3G talktime. iPhone 5 also has a new smaller dock connector and third party device makers are said to be working on docking stations already.
Talking about iPhone 5 improvements and state of infrastructure in India, here is what you need to understand about the iPhone 5:
- iPhone 5 supports 4G, which is practically of no use in India
- iPhone 5 supports LTE (LTE connectivity is supported in countries that have 4G). In India, Airtel has launched its 4G service, but again – it’s a long walk before we call it a launch (Airtel supports Band 40 (2300MHz) LTE).
Apple CEO doesn’t consider India an important market; and from what it seems like, India isn’t interested in iPhone either.
“I love India, but I believe Apple has some higher potential in the intermediate term in some other countries. This doesn’t mean we’re not putting emphasis in India. We have a business there and it’s growing but my own perspective is that, in the intermediate term, there will be larger opportunities outside (the country).”
In the past, we have shared Google trends (which is a great way to understand consumer sentiment) during the launch of Apple devices (like iPad etc), but we noticed that Indians do not seem to be so interested in the new new iPhone (guess, Samsung is happy as they are dominating the smartphone market in India).
Though Google trends can be debated, the truth is that some of the network capabilities of iPhone 5 doesn’t matches India’s telecom infrastructure (or even the near-term roadmap).
Would you be interested in buying an iPhone 5?
By September 28th, iPhone 5 will be launched in 31 countries (first phase: US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK . By September 21 : Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland on Sep 28th). By December 2012, Apple will roll out iPhone 5 to 100 countries (240 carriers), which we hope also includes India.
But then, the fanboys need no reason (iLove is Blind).
So tell us, are you interested in buying an iPhone 5 and how much would you pay for it? As far as US pricing is concerned, Apple has priced the phone to same range as iPhone 4S.
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