No immediate iPhone5 launch in India, in HKG for Rs 39.7k

13 Sep,2012

By A Correspondent


There was much fanfare amongst gadget-freaks across the world. There were live webcasts with geeky anchors soldiering on, but even as there was some excitement about the features – though guarded since the Samsung S3 – has been also been receiving rave reviews. But the bad news for India is that Apple has yet again not included India in its launch line-up for this month.


iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singaporeand the UKfrom Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28 (nightingale Lata Mangeshkar’s birthday), including 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.


In HongKong, the 16GB version is priced at HK$ 5588. The 32GB is at HK$ 6388 and 64GB for HK$ 7188. With the prevailing conversion rate, the 16GB version is in INR terms, Rs 39,700. In Singapore, the 16GB version is a tad more expensive: S$ 948 (around Rs 42,600).


Apple has announced iPhone 5, boasting of being the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new four-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages. It will be available in white, silver, black and slate.


“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning four-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”


Some more information courtesy an Apple communique: iPhone 5 – the thinnest smartphone in the world – comes with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S, with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays. The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S.


iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, that helps browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.


The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display-all while delivering even better battery life. The 8 megapixel iSight camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover and the new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. iPhone 5 also features the new Lightning connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector; and comes with the new Apple EarPods featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.




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2 responses to “No immediate iPhone5 launch in India, in HKG for Rs 39.7k”

  1. I wish Apple launched the iPhone 5 in India on September 28th or 21st along with the other countries.
    They obviously have some “issues” with getting their brand out into the Indian market, in a whole hearted manner. To me I am unclear, what Apple’s brand strategy for the South Asian market is. I believe they are confused as far as the same is concerned.

    • mxmadmin says:

      Absolutely, Dennis. It really pains to see Apple not giving South Asia the respect it deserves. The problem is that the iPhone is a great phone, so much as you want to damn Apple for ignoring what could be a key market for them, you just grin and bear it. More than the iPhone, I’m most excited about the OS upgrade

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