iPhone 5 coming to Malaysia this Oct 26?
UPDATE: As pointed out by reader apple7, Oct 26 is a public holiday (Hari Raya Haji) which isn’t an ideal launch date. We could be seeing a different iPhone 5 launch date for Malaysia when the roll out approaches.
UPDATE 2: Nano SIM for iPhone 5 now available from Maxis and DiGi.
The recently announced iPhone 5 will be available commercially starting next Friday where our neighbour Singapore will be among the first in the world to have it. While Malaysia’s availability is still unknown, word has it that we will be getting it sooner that expected.
Malay Mail has reported that Malaysia will be getting the iPhone 5 on October 26, according to one of their industry sources. That’s just slightly more than a month away from now. However the only caveat is that the tentative launch date may get pushed if demand is higher than expected. They added that if demands are within Apple’s projection, the October 26 launch date for Malaysia and other selected countries should remain unchanged.
Apple has constantly increasing their international iPhone roll out speed and if the October 26 date is true, other smart phone players would need to step up their game especially when it comes to Malaysian availability. Samsung recently has shown faster releases in Malaysia with their Galaxy S III being available in Malaysia in less than a month after its announcement in May. Hopefully they too will be releasing their upcoming Galaxy Note II soon before the iPhone 5 reaches Malaysia.
In terms of iPhone 5 pricing, we don’t expect any difference compared to the iPhone 4S that starts from RM2,199 for the 16GB version. In Singapore, the iPhone 5 pricing on Apple Store is identical to last year. If you’re planning to get one from down south, it is much expensive now because of the current exchange rate.
The iPhone 4S currently is sold at RM1,799 for the 16GB version while the 8GB iPhone 4 is now priced at RM1,499 at the online Apple Store.
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