Update: It’s now confirmed that both Airtel and Aircel will be launching iPhone 4S on November 25th. Pre-orders will begin on Nov 18th 2011.
Update 2: According to Aircel store in Delhi, Apple iPhone 4S will be available for Rs 44,500 for 16GB and Rs 50,900 for 32GB. That is like $900 & $1020 respectively. Let’s now wait for official confirmation.
Aircel has announced on their Facebook page that they will be bringing iPhone 4S to India very soon. Though the carrier has not revealed the exact details like the date of the launch and the pricing, folks at BGR India claim that the launch will happen on midnight of November 24, which is effectively the morning of November 25 2011.
Multiple sources have started confirming that November 25th as the date of the launch at-least on Aircel, while another carrier which launched iPhone 4 in India, Bharti Airtel is yet to disclose its plans.
Traditionally Apple hasn’t considered India as their preferred market to launch iPhones. (Read: Apple Starts Dumping iPhone 4 in India). To be fair to them, Apple has always launched their other products like iMac, Macbook Pro etc in India fairly on par with other international markets, but not the iPhones. Technically speaking, even the iPhone 4 was not launched by Apple in India, but it was launched (much later after its release in US) by the carriers (Airtel & Aircel) after procuring the devices from open markets. So, it’s a fairly good news to see iPhone 4S being launched (by carriers again) within a month of its original release.
Expected iPhone 4S Price in India
Sadly, the good news in terms of early launch might not translate into good news in terms of price. Owing to weak rupee (USD 1 = INR 50) and high taxes, the factory unlocked iPhone 4S is expected to be priced fairly high here in India. Sources claim that the 16GB version of iPhone 4S would be priced above Rs.40,000 (approx $800), while the 64Gb version will be priced well above Rs.55,000 (approx $1100)!
What more, the 8GB version of iPhone 4 is expected to be priced above Rs.30,000 (approx $600)! These prices look ridiculously high for a price-sensitive market like India. But then, let us wait for the official announcement before dropping our shoulders. Stay tuned for more info.