IPhone X gets tepid de­but in China

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Dong Feng

The iPhone X went on sale in China on Fri­day, but this year won’t be as promis­ing for scalpers.

At Zhong­guan­cun, Beijing’s largest elec­tron­ics mar­ket, scalpers told the Global Times that profit mar­gins were thin due to on­line pre­orders and am­ple sup­ply from Ap­ple.

As of Fri­day morn­ing, most scalpers were not in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing the 64GB ver­sion. A 256GB deep grey iPhone X was only fetch­ing up to 300 yuan ($45) over the listed price.

Mean­while, the Global Times saw only about 20 peo­ple lined up out­side the Ap­ple’s Dawan­glu out­let in Beijing for the re­lease of the iPhone X on Fri­day morn­ing.

Ap­ple staff demon­strated the new hand­set to po­ten­tial cus­tomers, field­ing ques­tions about the ab­sence of a phys­i­cal home but­ton and the FaceID recog­ni­tion fea­ture.

An em­ployee said the phone’s re­lease saw a boost in vis­i­tors to the store.

“Al­most double the daily vol­ume,” said the em­ployee. The Global Times counted around 120 peo­ple at the store.

How­ever, those seek­ing to buy the phone were in­formed the store would only be ful­fill­ing on­line pre-or­ders. The next round of or­ders will be ser­viced at 8 am Satur­day.

A cus­tomer said she had orig­i­nally planned to buy an iPhone X, but changed her mind af­ter she was in­formed about the pre-or­der process and wait time.

“I can wait two or three more months,” said the woman, who de­clined to be named.

At the Ap­ple store in Hong Kong’s Cause­way Bay, about 20 peo­ple stood in line to pick up their pre-or­ders.

Em­ploy­ees told the Global Times some peo­ple be­gan lin­ing up as early as 6 am.

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