Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another report in which he claims that the replacement demand for the iPhone XR in China will be higher than that of the iPhone 8 from last year.
The reputed analyst also says that local Chinese OEMs saw their smartphone sales decline by 10 percent in the first week of October which is celebrated as the Golden Week in China. He blames the decline in demand to the lack of innovation coupled with the fact that many customers are waiting for the iPhone XR to launch on October 26.
Huawei, however, was immune to this decline in smartphone shipments, with only other major Chinese players like Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi reporting a drop in their smartphone sales.
Kuo did not mention anything about how sales of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been in China. A report from earlier today claimed that sales for the iPhone XS series have been disappointing in China, with Tim Cook using his ongoing visit in the country to promote the device.
The iPhone XR will go up for pre-order in China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries on October 19th before hitting the retail stores on October 26th. Given the device is priced a couple of hundred bucks lower than the iPhone XS but offers largely the same feature set as its more expensive sibling, it is expected to do well not just in China but other parts of the world as well.
With the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max failing to attract consumers, it looks like a lot rests on the iPhone XR this year to ensure Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup is a success. Are you waiting for the iPhone XR to go on sale? Or will you continue using your iPhone for another year?