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Taiwan part of iPhone X preorder sale set for Oct. 27

2017/09/13 12:17:18

From Apple's website

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwan has been included in the first group of countries eligible to participate in the pre-order sale of Apple's newest iPhone -- the iPhone X -- which was unveiled by the U.S. consumer electronics giant overnight.

According to Apple Taiwan's website, pre-order sales for the iPhone X will start at 3:01 p.m. on Oct. 27, and shipments are scheduled to begin on Nov. 3.

Taiwan is one of more than 55 countries and territories in which consumers will be able to pre-order the new device.

The iPhone X has two versions: the 64GB edition, to cost NT$35,900 (US$1,196) in Taiwan, and the 256G edition, which will be priced at NT$41,500, making it the most expensive new model in the iPhone's 10-year history.

The iPhone X (pronounced "10" instead of "X") is one of the three new iPhone models Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced to the press at the new Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

The 5.8-inch iPhone X is Apple's first smartphone to be equipped with an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) edge-to-edge super retina screen. The device can be charged by being placed on a charging pad instead of being plugged into an electricity source.

The iPhone X has done away with Apple's Touch ID function but has replaced it with a 3-D facial recognition system the vendor calls Face ID to unlock the smartphone. The phone is water and dust proof and can support Apple Pay, a digital wallet and mobile payment service.

According to Apple, the iPhone also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization, while the new 7-megapixel TrueDepth front camera enables Face ID to feature wide color capture, auto image stabilization and precise exposure control.

The newly-unveiled iPhone line also includes the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. Taiwan has also been included in the first round of pre-order sales for those phones, which starts at 3:01 p.m. on Sept. 15. Shipments are scheduled to begin on Sept. 22.

The 64GB and 256GB version of the iPhone 8 will be sold for NT$25,500 and NT$30,900, respectively, in Taiwan, and the 64GB and 256GB versions of the iPhone 8 Plus will cost NT$28,900 and NT$34,500, respectively, Apple said.

Following the launch of the new iPhones, Apple shares closed down 0.4 percent on Tuesday after initially rising by about 1 percent as investors pocketed earlier gains.

Taiwan's Apple suppliers followed the pattern of Apple shares Wednesday morning, moving in a narrow range after rising significantly in recent months on high expectations for the launch of Apple's new devices.

Among them, contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) had fallen 0.46 percent to NT$218.50, and iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海) had lost 0.85 percent to NT$116.00 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange as of 10:29 a.m. Wednesday.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang)