With the official price at about CNY4999 for the base model, I would say it’s a relatively good reasonable deal as long as it is SIM unlocked which I’m not 100% sure off. The Hong Kong unlocked price is HKD 4988 which turns out to be about CNY4300. For such a high ticket item, I’m surprised at the small differential from apple.
At a difference of CNY500, when you factor in the risks of getting a fake or having to deal with waranty problems and what not, it’s actually worth it and reasonable in my opinion. The black market is gonna have a hard time adjusting to this one in Beijing and it’s gonna be interesting seeing how the prices go down ( if they do).
Considering both the mainland and the HK models should be the same in terms of features, I expect Zhingguancun shops to price themselves at the CNY 4500 range + a couple of accessories if they wanna make business. Having been an avid apple user for years and dealing with the pricing premiums in China, I’m quite happy about this new strategy! They’re definitely playing this one smart having learned from the fiasco that was the iPhone 3 Gs launch.
Talking about Zhongguancun, it looks like they’ve already moved on past the iphone 4 and into the iphone 5 as you can see from the listing below. It’s even climbing in popularity!
According to ZOL, this baby is supposed to be a 4G phone, slim profile, can cook breakfast, open a bottle of wine and even cook the perfect pizza. Heck, given all things Beijing/Chines and their love for PKs, I’m not surprised that they’ve already managed to enter said iphone 5 in a PK contest against the soon to be released iphone 4… how is that for being ahead of their times:
not a bad one if you can get your hands on it