Apple’s upcoming iPhone XR is very likely to become the top 2018 iPhone, and customers in China in particular are eagerly waiting for this model to hit the shelves.
This is what top-rated Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says, explaining that sales of Chinese phone makers have dropped lately, mostly as a result of customers going for older iPhone models or holding onto their purchases until the iPhone XR arrives later this month.
Kuo estimates that iPhone XR would overtake sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, adding that Huawei was the only Chinese phone maker who managed to increase shipments in the last quarter. All the other companies, including here Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi, declined approximately 10 percent.
iPhone XR is considered to be a top purchase for Chinese customers, thanks to its lower price and the dual-SIM capabilities, a first for Apple’s smartphones.
Special dual-SIM support for China
Apple’s 2018 iPhones all come with dual-SIM support, and in international markets, they feature a combination of a traditional SIM and eSIM. In China, however, the phones are being offered with two traditional SIM cards and a special tray for this configuration.
iPhone XR will be priced from $749 in the United States, and it already accounts for more than 50 percent of all Apple orders for 2018 iPhones. This shows that Apple itself expects the device to sell in high volumes all over the world, and it wants its inventory to be prepared for high demand.
Despite the lower price, iPhone XR will come with some cost-saving measures, like an LCD screen instead of OLED, a single camera on the back, and no 3D Touch. iPhone XR will be available in several colors, as part of a strategy that reminds of iPhone 5c.
Pre-orders for this more affordable iPhone will start on October 19, while the first units will be shipped to customers in the first wave of markets getting it on October 26.