Buying iPhone in India: iPhone 11 pricey but cool, iPhone 8 affordable and good, iPhone XR is best
pple announced three new iPhones on Tuesday, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. These iPhones replace last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and tout bing upgrades to the cameras and hardware. Apple will release the iPhone 11-series in some markets on September 20. In India, these new iPhones will arrive on September 27. While new iPhones are always nice to see, they tend to come at pretty expensive prices in India. But with the coming of every new iPhone, Apple typically drops the prices of older iPhones, and that’s exciting too.
Soon after the launch of the iPhone 11 phones, Apple officially slashed the prices of older iPhone models in India, including the popular iPhone XR. iPhones have just become a little more affordable in the country, which makes it a great time to pick one up. But not iPhones are worth buying, so we have put together a list of some of the iPhone models you should consider and some that you should simply ignore.
iPhones worth buying
iPhone XR - Rs 49,900
The most exciting of all iPhones to receive a price cut is the iPhone XR. Now starting at Rs 49,900, the iPhone XR is easily the only iPhone worth buying if you feel the iPhone 11 is still high up there in the price ladder. The iPhone XR was launched last year, making it a very relevant iPhone still as it packs a blazing fast A12 Bionic chipset and probably the best battery life on an iPhone (until we try out the iPhone 11 series).
The iPhone 11 is pretty much identical to the iPhone XR except it gets more cameras. It even comes with the same 6.1-inch LCD display. So, if that extra wide-angle sensor doesn’t really excite you, then the iPhone XR offers everything you’ll need minus an OLED display.
iPhone 11 - Rs 64,900
Honestly, it is usually very hard to suggest a brand new iPhone to buy, but Apple did something quite unlike Apple - it launched the iPhone 11 at a price more affordable than the iPhone XR. After years of seeing Apple jack up the prices of new iPhones, it is a pleasant surprise to see the iPhone 11 launch in India starting at Rs 64,900 when the iPhone XR was launched last year at Rs 76,900.
The iPhone 11 is the most affordable of the three new iPhones announced on Tuesday. It touts a 12MP dual camera setup, a new A13 Bionic chipset and a long-lasting battery, which Apple claims lasts one hour longer than the XR.
iPhone 11 Pro - Rs 99,900
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the newest high-end iPhones coming to India on September 27. Apple has announced the prices for the two iPhones, which pretty much start from Rs 1,00,000. It goes without saying that these iPhones cost a bomb in the country when they arrive, so buy it only if you want the most premium iPhone that money can buy.
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come with triple rear cameras, a new A13 Bionic chipset and long-lasting batteries. They also bring OLED displays, which is the only major feature lacking on the iPhone 11.
iPhone 8 - Rs 39,900
You might be wondering why we’re mentioning the iPhone 8 rather than the iPhone X. After all, both the iPhones were launched in the same year and at the same time, but the iPhone 8 is the only one among them to receive a staggering price drop. The iPhone X, on the other hand, remains an expensive affair and is not worth considering now that you have the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro in the market.
But the iPhone 8 at Rs 39,900 makes it a fantastic value for money iPhone right now. If you want to own an iPhone at a reasonable price then this is the one to go for. While the iPhone 8’s bezel-full display now looks dated compared to Android flagships in this segment like the OnePlus 7, it still packs a punch under the hood. It runs on a powerful A11 Bionic chipset and offers a decent 12MP main camera. Oh, the iPhone 8 also supports wireless charging.
iPhones you can ignore
iPhone XS - Rs 89,900
The iPhone XS and XS Max are last year’s top-tier iPhones that have been succeeded by the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max now. We have rarely recommended buying the XS and XS Max in India simply for their exorbitant price tags. While these iPhones come with the best that Apple has to offer such as OLED displays and multiple cameras, their prices over Rs 1,00,000 make them a tough sell in a price-sensitive market like India.
The iPhone XS Max is not available in India, which makes sense considering the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are coming soon touting triple rear cameras and a new A13 Bionic chipset. The XS, on the other hand, is still available, but without a significant price cut. It starts at 89,900. If you really want a high-end iPhone, you should wait for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which will launch starting at Rs 99,900 in India.
iPhone X - Rs 91,900
The iPhone X has not received a major price cut in India since its debut two years ago. It still costs near Rs 1,00,000 in the country, which is reason enough to ignore this iPhone. The iPhone X has been succeeded by the iPhone XS and the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which are comparatively better options in the high-end segment as they come with upgraded cameras and newer processors.
iPhone 8 Plus - Rs 49,900
While the iPhone 8 makes for a good option under Rs 40,000, the iPhone 8 Plus at Rs 50,000 is not recommended. This is largely because you can buy the newer iPhone XR at the same price. Compared to the iPhone XR, the iPhone 8 Plus offers a dated design with thick bezels. The 8 Plus also offers a smaller 5.5-inch display compared to the 6.1-inch screen on the XR.
iPhone 7 - Rs 29,900
Any iPhone older than the iPhone 8 should not be considered unless you are really desperate to own an iPhone at a low price. The iPhone 7 can be found for under Rs 30,000 now, making it the most affordable iPhone in India right now. But the iPhone 7 is a dated model that will likely lose software update support after next year. Compared to the competition in its segment, the iPhone 7 looks vintage with its thick bezels and LCD display.
iPhone 7 Plus - Rs 37,900
The same goes for the iPhone 7 Plus as well. The iPhone 7 Plus is a few years old now and will likely be next in line to lose Apple’s support as far as software updates go. In terms of design and hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus cannot compete with current Android flagships in this segment. By spending a little extra, you can pick up the iPhone 8 instead at Rs 39,900.
PostedOn: 12 Sep 2019
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