Apple iPad 2 in India on Apr 29th- Official Release Announced – Review, Price

It’s merry time for Apple users in India again! Just 3 months back, the original iPad was launched in India, making the arrival of iPad 2 a bit of surprise! I already reviewed the comparison of iPad vs iPad2, highlighting the changes made.

Apple  iPad 2 release date in India was officially announced according to this Apple’s post!

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Japan on April 28 and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE on April 29 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China on May 6, and further international availability will be announced at a later date.

 

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Price Review

According to this news from DI blog (tipped by Deepak Dhingra), the price list of Apple iPad2  in India is as follows.

               Apple iPad 2 Prices in India (Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi + 3G)

 

16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi

Rs. 29,500

Rs. 34,500

Rs. 39,500

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G

Rs. 36,900

Rs. 41,900

Rs. 46,900

 

Where to Buy Apple iPad 2 in India?

Though the number of Apple Stores are very few in India, there are a few premium resellers of Apple products, which are going to sell iPad 2 in India. Some of the official premium resellers include, Vijay Sales, Reliace iStore, eZone  and Tata Croma which may stock the device in advance. So if you want to get first-hands-on this coveted device make a beehive on April 29th, 2011 at 9.00 a.m at these stores. Also, the official Apple release post says,

iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores at 9 a.m. local time, select Apple Authorized Resellers, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.

Brief description of the features:

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

Some iPad 2 Accessories

Some iPad 2 accessories, like the Smart Covers will be made available for the Polyurethene and Rich Leather variants at Rs. 2,100 and Rs. 3,800. iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad or www.itunes.com/appstore.

Impact

According to this source, there has been a drop in grey-market sales even before the announcement. The digital buzz about the iPad 2’s launch date in India, has led to a sharp drop in pre-orders and bookings. Previously in Delhi, dealers used to sell 6-8 units per week till last month,  which dropped to 2-3 units as the rumours gained momentum about the iPad 2 release.

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