Apple recently pulled the wraps from the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the XS Max. As expected, the new iPhones are priced significantly higher than the predecessors. Adding fuel to the fire are the high customs duties, state and central tax, and depreciation of the rupee. But what if we tell you that you can get the latest iPhones for cheap? Don’t worry, this stuff is totally legit! No, we are not going to introduce you to one of those scammy raffle schemes, instead, we will walk you through the list of countries where you can get the new iPhones for a lesser price.
Before we begin, please note that Apple has extended the international warranty to iPhones. So no matter where you buy your phone, the warranty will be honoured universally. Let’s take a closer look at different countries where you can buy your iPhone for a cheaper price than India.
Note: Apple iPhone price across different countries have been converted to INR based on the current exchange rate, and are subjected to change
Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max price in India
As expected, the price of the new iPhones in India is way higher than other countries. Even the much-touted “affordable” iPhone XR starts at Rs 76,900. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max retails at Rs 1,44,900, a handsome premium over the U.S prices.
Now that you’ve taken a look at the prices in India, let’s see how they compare with other countries.
Prices of the unlocked Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max in the US
In the United States, iPhones are available in two avatars, one is unlocked and the other is latched to the mobile carrier. iPhones on contract are useless unless you’re using the device in the US Also remember that you need to pay extra taxes in some of the states, and this might end up jacking up the price.
Prices of the unlocked Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max in Dubai
The iPhone XR starts at an equivalent of Rs 62,358 in Dubai. Now, this isn’t exactly cheap, but is still less than its starting price of Rs 76,900 in India. Unsurprisingly, the price gap widens as we move up with the variants. The iPhone XS Max 512GB storage variant sells for Rs 1,44,000 in India while the same costs Rs 1,20,233 in Dubai.
Prices of the unlocked Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max in Hong Kong
So, Hong Kong is the second best place on the list. The iPhones are marginally more expensive than in the US, however, when pegged against the Indian price, it’s still way cheaper. The 64GB flavour of the iPhone XR costs an equivalent of Rs 59,658 which is nearly Rs 18,000 less than the Indian price.
Prices of the unlocked Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max in Singapore
The new iPhones in Singapore cost slightly more than they would in the US or even the other countries listed above. However, the retail price is cheaper than the Indian market. You can easily save 10-15 percent across the new iPhone models by buying them in Singapore.
Prices of the unlocked Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max in the UK
Needless to say, UK figures last in the list. The difference between the Indian iPhone prices and the UK iPhone pricing lies in the single digit percentile. However, the price gap widens as we move up the storage variants. So here’s the deal, if you are buying a base variant iPhone XR, XS or XS Max, it’s better to buy in India instead of the UK. However, if you are looking out for the top of the line variants, you will end up saving a fair bit by buying in the UK.
Before you purchase the iPhone XR, XS or XS Max, do make a note of the following:
- The above mentioned iPhone prices are those officially listed on the Apple website. It is quite possible that the device might be available for a cheaper price in the offline market or even online resellers
- Ensure that you retain all the necessary documentation including the original invoice for any service-related issues
- Ensure that the iPhone model you are buying is compatible with LTE Bands in India. This link is helpful
- Avoid buying the new iPhones at unauthorised resellers
- Add local taxes to the retail price. The iPhone for the US doesn’t include local taxes
- Account for customs duties, if necessary
- Last but not the least, register your iPhone via iTunes