Apple starts selling SIM-free version of iPhone X in US

The unlocked version of the iPhone X will work with any carrier in the US Photograph:( Others ) New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 09.43 AM (IST)

Apple has started selling the SIM-free version of the iPhone X in the US after launching the device in tie-up with carriers on November 3. The delivery dates for shipping are fixed to 5 business days indicating there aren’t any supply constraints for the device now.

The unlocked version of the iPhone X will work with any carrier and will support all GSM and CDMA networks. It is priced at $999 for the 64GB variant and $1,149 for the 256GB model and is being offered in silver or space gray color options. Those not wishing to wait for five business days can alternatively pick up the device from an Apple Store.

Apple iPhone X was announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in September and it is the first major redesign in nearly four years. It features an edge-to-edge display design with 5.8-inch Samsung-made OLED display. It comes with 3GB RAM and is powered by Apple’s hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset.

The iPhone X features a 12-megapixel dual-camera setup at the rear, similar to iPhone 8 Plus, but both the lenses are optically stabilized here. It is also the only smartphone to support 4K video recording at 60fps and 1080p slow-mo at 240fps. With the iPhone X, Apple is also bringing the Portrait Lighting mode to the front 7MP selfie camera.

Research firm IHS Markit recently noted that iPhone X is off to a great start in terms of initial adoption in some markets and has surpassed 2 percent active install base. The smartphone is seen to revive Apple’s declining sales in markets like China and is expected to push the average selling price of iPhones to around $700.

During the quarter ended October, Apple’s market share declined in some key regions suggesting sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus didn’t contribute much. However, with the anniversary iPhone’s availability improving and Apple selling SIM-free version, the numbers are likely to improve going forward.

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