Apple iPhone 5 Launched in India: Official Price Details and More

The new iPhone 5, which is already available in some of the major countries including US, is now available in the Indian retail stores. Starting today, telecom operators Aircel and Airtel are offering iPhone 5 at the following prices:

  • iPhone 5 [16 GB]: Rs. 45500
  • iPhone 5 [32 GB]: Rs. 52500
  • iPhone 5 [64 GB]: Rs. 59500

For a more clearer picture, here’s how iPhone 5 (unlocked version) is priced in the US:

  • iPhone 5 [16 GB]:  $649 ~ Rs. 35000
  • iPhone 5 [32 GB]:  $749 ~ Rs. 40300
  • iPhone 5 [64 GB]: $849 ~ Rs. 45700

Compare the base iPhone 5 (16 GB) model, and you will know that you are paying 10000 rupees more when you buy iPhone 5 from an Indian retail store.

Are You Buying the new iPhone 5?

To buy or not to buy an iPhone 5 is a decision entirely up to you but this time, as it has been every single time in India, there will be little excitement, hype, and definitely no long queues in front of the store, right?

Reports, however, suggests that iPhone 5 is booked in advance, at least in New Delhi. This is probably because the new iPhone 5 is powerful and better than any of the iPhones out there. The price, while may seem a bit of the higher side, is acceptable as last year’s iPhone 4S (16 GB) model had a Rs. 44500 price tag.

The Apple iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen (compared to 3.5-inch on iPhone 4S), A6 chip (compared to A5 chip on iPhone 4S) and a completely new 8-pin connector (compared to a 30-pin connector on iPhone 4S) among several other addition. For more, check out our FAQs on iPhone 5.

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iPhone 5 is available in both GSM and CDMA model. The device will ship with iOS 6.0 software right now, although you can always update to iOS 6.0.1 or ask the folks at the store to update the firmware for you.

Over 5 million units of the new iPhone 5 in US were sold over the weekend during the US launch, but will Indian users embrace this device?

Let’s not forget the Indian mobile market is dominated by basic handsets and mid-range Android smartphones. Although iPhone 5 seem to have a sleek design, supposedly excellent camera, robust iOS features, a powerful voice assistant (Siri), but the humongous price tag makes us think twice before putting our hard earned money on the table.

What do you think of the new iPhone 5? Are you planning to buy one? Do you think it’s expensive? Share your thoughts with us through the comment section below.