Chinese consumers who want to purchase the iPhone 5 may get it from China Unicom by the end of the year. In an interview with the tech website, Sohu IT, China Unicom revealed that the phone is scheduled to be launch sometime within the next three month. The exact date, however, is still unknown.
China Unicom is one of the two carriers in China which have verified that they will be offering the iPhone 5. The other is China Telecom, which is also expected to release the device at roughly the same time frame.
China Unicom has been an Apple partner since 2009, when it first sold the iPhone. It used to offer the device exclusively until China Telecom started to offer its first iPhone, the iPhone 4S, last March. At present, China Unicom is the world’s second largest carrier with 60 million subscribers on 3G. Its competitor, China Mobile, meanwhile has 67 million 3G customers.
Meanwhile, there has been no official confirmation that it will be carried by China Mobile, which, with 688 million subscribers, is currently the largest cellular service provided in the world. Apple Inc. has reportedly been attempting to entice such carrier to offer the device. Recently, there have been rumors that it will sell the iPhone 5, but this remains to be confirmed.
Apple unveiled the latest member of the iPhone family on September 12. The Cupertino company is reportedly planning to have the phone available to a hundred countries by the end of the year. Some of these will be getting the device on the earlier date of September 21, while others on September 28. China, however, is not present in both lists, so the iPhone could be launching in said country still on a later date. In the meantime, consumers in the United States and in selected European countries have started pre-ordering the device.
The iPhone 5 is marketed as “the world’s thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone.” It boasts of a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 X 640 pixels, an A6 chip, 4G LTE connectivity, a weight of 3.95 ounces, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera, among others.