Apple iPhone 9 to be less expensive than iPhone X: Rumor

If rumors are to believe, Apple iPhone 9 will be less expensive than iPhone X

Apple introduced its iPhone X last month. The 10th-anniversary-iPhone is scheduled to arrive on 3rd November. The handset carries a hefty price-tag ($999 / £999 / AU$1,579) and some impeccable, high-end specs. For instance, it includes a dual rear camera setup. Another primary highlight is its edge-less front panel. The device’s front cameras come packed with 3D technology that support facial recognition system. Individuals can merely look at the phone and unlock it. Apple’s latest offering also arrives integrated with Augmented Reality (AR) – related features. All of this is made available for a starting price of $999. This makes iPhone X the most expensive smartphone by Apple till date.

According to a report by Tech Radar, a new rumor claims that iPhone 9 – which will be introduced in September, 2018 – will have similar features as iPhone X. The only difference will be that the device will be available for a comparatively cheaper price.

Chinese site Economic Daily quotes supply-chain source as saying that the Cupertino-giant has already began working on two high-end devices. They are currently being referred to as, “Lisbon,” and “Hangzhou.” “Hangzhou,” is a slightly lower variant. They are scheduled for launch in 2018. The interesting bit is that these smartphones carry the same features (OLED screen, Face ID scanner) as iPhone X. The sources quoted by Economic Daily claim that this is being done because Apple wants to gain more dominance in the Chinese markets. The company holds roughly 17.1 percent share in China right now. On the basis of the analysis provided by Market Wired, even Huawei holds a larger share (i.e. 31.1 per cent) in China as compared to Apple. The reason why Chinese giants continue to dominant in the market is because they provided high-end specs at lower prices. This is something that Apple hasn’t been able to achieve since years. They attempted at carrying this strategy out with the introduction of iPhone SE. However, it did not exactly work out in the favor of Apple.

The upcoming iPhone 9 is expected to be roughly 10,000 yen cheaper than Apple. This translates to approximately $90. Nonetheless, it is too early to believe any prevailing rumors about Apple’s 2018 plans. The company usually keeps a low profile about what they plan on doing next.

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Shailesh Sharma


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