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Apple starts selling locally assembled iPhone XR in India

iPhone XR boxes with an "Assembled in India" tag were seen on Monday in many of the country's electronic product retailers, including Croma, with a price tag of Rs 49,900

twitter-logo Reuters        Last Updated: October 22, 2019  | 09:47 IST
Apple starts selling locally assembled iPhone XR in India
Apple is also looking to use India as an export hub to soften the impact of an ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

Apple Inc has started selling its popular iPhone XR phones assembled in India, as it looks to expand its share in the world's second-largest smartphone market where it has struggled against cheaper products from rivals.

The phones are being assembled at Taipei-based contract manufacturer Foxconn's India factory, helping the Cupertino, California-based company avoid high levies on the import of fully-built devices as well as meet local sourcing norms for opening its own retail stores in India.

iPhone XR boxes with an "Assembled in India" tag were seen on Monday in many of the country's electronic product retailers, including Croma, with a price tag of Rs 49,900 for the 64 GB version.

The company has slashed iPhone XR prices in India to counter a prolonged sales slowdown amid fierce competition from premium smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus.

Earlier this year Reuters had reported that the company would assemble its top-end iPhones in India.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has tried to position South Asia's third-biggest economy as a hub for smartphone manufacturing.

Companies such as Apple are also looking to use India as an export hub to soften the impact of an ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

Also read: Apple cuts price of iPhone XR in India; here's how much the phone will cost you now

Also read: Older iPhone models gets price cut, last year's iPhone XR to be available starting Rs 49,900

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