As per sources, Apple has decided to cut down the market operating price (MOP) of the iPhone 5S down to Rs 22500. It’s a long drop from the Rs 53500 cost it commanded back in November 2013 when it first arrived in India.
Of course, it’s had numerous cuts in value since then. The last Apple-sanctioned one came about in September due to the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and pegged the smartphone at Rs 35000 for the 16GB unit and Rs 40000 for the 32GB one. Online retailers Amazon and Snapdeal are now selling the handset for as low as Rs 21499.
Official Apple retailer Infibeam isn’t that far behind, vending the phone at Rs 21899. Flipkart is offering it up for a slightly higher Rs 21925. Gadgets 360 reports that the new value of the iPhone 5S is among the lowest in the world. An unlocked handset can be purchased for $450 in the US, which translates to roughly Rs 30000 in India.
It’s a strange turn of events, given the combination of high import duties combined with the falling rupee resulting in iPhone launch costs in India often being the highest in the world. The gradual cutting down on the cost seems to indicate the device is still doing well in the country and will probably serve to boost sales of the handset even though it’s 2 years old.
Have a look at the main specs of the Apple iPhone 5S at a glance:
– Display: 4-inch, 1136 x 640 pixels
– OS: iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 9
– CPU: 64-bit A7
– Camera: 8MP rear, 1.2MP front
– Storage: 16GB/32GB, non-expandable
– RAM: 1GB
– Weight: 115g
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GLONASS, GPS
Interested buyers can head over to Amazon or Snapdeal to purchase the Apple iPhone 5S at Rs 21499.