Apple debuts cellular LTE-equipped iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in China

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in iPad edited December 2014
Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.




According to Apple's announcement, cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now on sale in China include TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other advanced networks. A quick check with China's Online Apple Store shows the latest WLAN + Cellular iPads up for sale with an estimated ship time of one day.

Prices for Space Gray, silver and gold iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB version and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the top-end 128GB model. Apple has set iPad Air 2 with WLAN pricing at 3,588 RMB ($581) for the 16GB model, while a 64GB version sells for 4,288 RMB ($695) and 4,988 RMB ($808) for the top-end 128GB model.

As for iPad mini 3 WLAN + Cellular models supporting TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, units are available for 3,788 RMB ($614) for the 16GB model, 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 64GB model and 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 128GB model. Non-cellular versions sell for 2,888 RMB ($468), 3,588 RMB ($581) and and 4,288 RMB ($694) for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively.

With the introduction of current-generation iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 hardware, Apple has decreased iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini pricing.

Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2 in October, showing off the tablet's slimmed-down 6.1-millimeter thick chassis, A8X SoC, Touch ID support, anti-reflective screen coating and new gold color option. Revealed on the same day, Apple's iPad mini 3 brought less extensive generational improvements, adding only Touch ID and gold chassis.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    xixoxixo Posts: 422member
    [I]"Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB version and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the top-end 128GB model. Apple has set iPad Air 2 with WLAN pricing at 3,588 RMB ($581) for the 16GB model, while a 64GB version sells for 4,288 RMB ($695) and 4,988 RMB ($808) for the top-end 128GB model."[/I]

    They make them in China, but pay a premium to USA pricing?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    xixo wrote: »
    "Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB version and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the top-end 128GB model. Apple has set iPad Air 2 with WLAN pricing at 3,588 RMB ($581) for the 16GB model, while a 64GB version sells for 4,288 RMB ($695) and 4,988 RMB ($808) for the top-end 128GB model."

    They make them in China, but pay a premium to USA pricing?

    They'll sell just fine, don't worry.
  • Reply 3 of 5
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    Originally Posted by xixo View Post



    "Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB version and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the top-end 128GB model. Apple has set iPad Air 2 with WLAN pricing at 3,588 RMB ($581) for the 16GB model, while a 64GB version sells for 4,288 RMB ($695) and 4,988 RMB ($808) for the top-end 128GB model."



    They make them in China, but pay a premium to USA pricing?

    Companies that ship products OUT of China get up to a 17% tax rebate.

    That means if they sell within China, the taxes alone means it is 17% more expensive than in the US.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    xixo wrote: »
    "Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB version and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the top-end 128GB model. Apple has set iPad Air 2 with WLAN pricing at 3,588 RMB ($581) for the 16GB model, while a 64GB version sells for 4,288 RMB ($695) and 4,988 RMB ($808) for the top-end 128GB model."

    They make them in China, but pay a premium to USA pricing?

    Think of them like hay... that gets heavier after you run it through a cow.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Originally Posted by xixo View Post

    They make them in China, but pay a premium to USA pricing?

     

    Almost all made-in-China consumer electronics are cheaper in the USA. I'll have visiting friends bring me new cameras, phones, etc. rather than buy locally in Chengdu. Makes for a very circuitous route for these items.

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