Why is the iPhone SE so Costly in India?

Apple iPhone SE India: The new smaller 4-inch Apple iPhone SE will be available in India starting 8th April and just few days before the iPhone SE pre-orders start in India, the company has now made the prices of all both variants of its Apple SE iPhone official. As was mentioned earlier the iPhone SE 16GB Price in India has been fixed at Rs. 39,000 and the price of the 64GB variant of this latest 4-inch iPhone is set at Rs. 49,000. Seeing these price tags, the new iPhones which the Cupertino company launched as affordable iPhones do not looks much affordable in India. Considering the fact that the iPhone 6s can now be bought at a price as low as Rs. 42,500 via online stores and the older iPhone 6 at Rs. 35,000 will the new iPhone SE enjoy good sale and success in India. Should you buy the new smaller iPhone SE in India, we discuss below.

Why is the iPhone SE so Costly in India?

Apple iPhone SE India - Should You Buy it
Why is the iPhone SE so Costly in India?

Apple first launched its new 4-inch iPhone SE in the US starting at $399 (for its 16GB variant), which translates to Rs 27,500 but the device is set to arrive in India at Rs 39,000 that is approximately equal to $600. Now now might wonder how did the Rs, 27,500 scale up as high as Rs. 39,000. Well it can be answered in just one word – DUTIES.

In order to support its Make in India initiative, the Indian government wants the OEM companies to manufacture locally in India, which if they don’t they will have to pay import duty to get their products in the Indian market. All these reasons – import duty, shipping and other miscellaneous costs – result in Apple incurring a 47% additional cost.

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Will the iPhone SE Enjoy Success in India?

Will the iPhone SE Enjoy Success in India?
Will the iPhone SE Enjoy Success in India?

Well the number of hardcore Apple iPhone fans in India is fairly limited and even many of them might give this new 4-inch iPhone a miss thanks to its smaller display. Yes, the biggest plus point of the SE might just turn out to be the biggest constraint in India as the fan base of smaller and compact phones in India is almost nonexistent now. Even the ones who will want to buy an Apple iPhone to flaunt it, will probably choose to buy the iPhone 6 at a lower price of maybe spend a little more and get the more advanced iPhone 6s.

What Apple needs to understand for now is that if it wants to achieve the kind of success Motorola did with its Moto G mobile phone in India and reach out to masses in developing smartphone markets like India, the most important factor that Apple will have to do something about is the price factor. With the presence of many Indo-Chinese smartphone manufacturers that offer fairly impressive smartphones at a way lower price tag.  

Should You Buy the iPhone SE?

Why is the iPhone SE so Costly in India?
Apple iPhone SE India – Should You Buy it?

Well, at this price tag, I would suggest you to buy the new 4-inch iPhone SE only if you are a small screen smartphone person and need a flagship performance from your device. No doubt the iPhone SE is the fastest and most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever but Apple certainly was not able to keep it affordable in India as it did in the US. If you just want to use an iPhone go for the iPhone 6 at a lower price or may be spend 2 – 3 thousand rupees more and get the iPhone 6s. The other thing that you can do is wait for a month or two, the iPhone SE price will most expectedly come down.

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