iPhone 6 (China teaser 001)

Though Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t officially launch in the Chinese market until later this month, the nation’s three mobile carriers have already managed to book more than two million reservations just six hours after opening their queues, according to ITHome and Sina reports [Google Translate] cited by AppleInsider.

What’s even more interesting, the vast majority of initial reservations have been 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in gold.

Given both models cost nearly $1,000, early demand proves again that colorful jumbo-sized handsets are all the rage in the 1.33 billion people market.

A survey in March by Chinese market research group Umeng found that 57 percent of phones sold cost less than $330, with Apple having moved 80 percent of all phones priced above $500.

“At the time, the cheapest phone Apple was selling was iPhone 4S at $535,” observed the publication. “Apple now sells iPhone 5c for that price, while two models of iPhone 5s (16/32GB) are now priced at $731 and $796”.

According to Apple’s press release yesterday, the company will start taking online pre-orders for the new iPhones in China on Friday, October 10. Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers can reserve the new iPhones for in-store pick-up starting Friday, October 17, through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.

iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus side by side

Despite these official dates, carriers have already begun offering presale signups.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, the two flavors of fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) cellular networking technology utilized by the country’s mobile operators.

The entry-level 16GB iPhone 6 is priced at 5,288 RMB ($861), with the 64 and 128GB models costing 6,088 RMB ($991) and 6,888 RMB ($1122). The 16/64/128GB iPhone 6 Plus is priced at 6,088/6,888/7,788 RMB ($991/1122/1269).

Apple said it sold ten million units (including the four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours) during the opening weekend in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Currently, the U.S. Online Apple Store gives a 7-10 day shipping estimate for new iPhone 6 orders and a 3-4 week delay for iPhone 6 Plus orders.

[AppleInsider]

  • Dany Quirion

    And the us complain that it’s expensive.. Cmon

    • Chetan

      Nope thats not expensive its already being sold for more than 2000$ in Indian grey market..

  • iBanks

    And my homeboy called it “great marketing” but not “a great phone”. He says spec by spec, many phones kills the i6. I say you may be right, but why aren’t the specs selling these other phones if that matters? —— dead air

    • Rowan09

      On paper the iPhone doesn’t compete, but in real world usage it’s one of the best if not the best.

      • Mozaik

        On paper also apple competes cery well , look at anandtech webisite for thier review.

    • Ali

      Because of “great marketing”!!

  • Chetan

    Sounds like more delay for other countries coz of such big orders

    • iBanks

      I’m pretty sure each country may have their own assortment of devices. Each country has to have some sort of fulfillment.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    How about getting those who pre-ordered the iPhones get theirs first BEFORE entering another market!!

    • Rowan09

      If you have a date for your shipment it won’t change due to entering another market, you’ll still get it in that amount of time.

      • Geoffrey Spencer

        I hope so. I did not make the second round despite ordering 3 hours late (Apple issues with their website). I hope the new markets will have to wait 3-4 weeks for their iPhone 6+ too. Only fair.

      • I have mine already but I’m with you on that lol.

      • Rowan09

        Lol. I doubt it especially since they are assembled in China.

    • iBanks

      LOL!

  • Capirexz

    Someone’s butt-hurt

  • Alberto Espinal

    And you F**ckrs thought Bendgate was gonna slow them down, yeeeeaaa right! Keep on dreaming and keep on bending!!

  • Jason Baroni

    “No one will buy big phones” Steve Jobs and Samsung.

  • TwinSon

    It’s a great phone. Don’t like it? Go buy something else. You can go get a S5 for dirt cheap on any carrier. And yet they still don’t sell.

  • Technocrz!

    So we are not getting unlocked iPhone any time soon

  • Ahmed El Mazny

    I think it is not about the price as the article said that the three chinese carriers have managed to order nore than two million phones in less than six hours, which shows that thecarriers know that chinese people wont care about the price. Like last year the iphone 5s was really expensive and still people buy it.

    Chinese people are intelligent in technoloy and electronics and they know that the iphone is better than the samsung and thats why even if the iphone is more expensive than the samsung they still buy it.

    In addition the iphone 6 has alot of new features like the camera a larger battery and a better display. So it has to be expensive.