Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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The iPhone X and iPhone 8 prices in Taiwan

9/13/2017 Taiwan Explorer
The iPhone X.

Another year is over, and Apple has just unveiled the new flagship iPhone X (pronounced 'iPhone ten'), as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, two familiar looking models, that are more or less an upgraded version of the iPhone 7. The question of the day for everybody is what are going to be the prices, and for my readers specifically, what are going to be the prices in Taiwan.

Well, here is the shocker of the day: The 256GB version of the iPhone X will cost you a whopping 41,500 NTD! At the current exchange rate, this equals to 1383 USD! That is more than a lot of Taiwanese people's monthly salary. Nevertheless, I believe this phone will sell well in Taiwan, because people really want to have the latest and greatest, especially in Taipei.



When it comes to the iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, the prices are more "affordable". The 8 will start at 25,500 NTD, while the 8 Plus will start at 28,900 NTD. How much discount will the carriers like Chunghwa Telecom or Taiwan Mobile offer is not known yet.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

I made this little overview of the prices for your reference, and easy understanding. It's obvious that the US prices are way lower than Taiwanese, if we convert them to USD with the exchange rate of 1 USD = 30 NTD. I'm not sure whether the taxes are added to the US prices listed on Apple.com. This is how it looks like right now:


These are the current global release dates for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus:

Pre-orders: September 15, 2017
Ships: September 22, 2017

These are the current global release dates for the iPhone X:

Pre-orders: October 27, 2017
Ships: November 3, 2017

Whether these phones will be available in Taiwan at the time of the launch is a big question. I believe the iPhone X will probably be in short supply, so it could well be that we'll see it in Taiwan early next year. The fastest thing available will be iOS 11, which will have a free update on September 19, 2017.

See also my last year's post for your reference: The initial prices of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in Taiwan. I have also written the same post 2 years ago, you can see it here: The initial prices of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in Taiwan. All price information sampled from Apple.com.