While the Tame Apple Press enthused how Apple was putting out a new iPhone SE for the budget-conscious the Chinese press was less interested.
Analysts noted it lacks the 5G capability that most new Chinese smartphones in a similar price range offer.
In a poll conducted on social media site Weibo, 60 percent of roughly 350,000 respondents said they would not buy the $399 model.
Never mind that, says the Tame Apple Press that means a fifth of people said they would buy it.
Many commented they would be interested if the price drops further.
“If you don’t buy it and I don’t buy it, tomorrow the price will drop another 200 yuan ($28)”, said a Weibo user whose comment got more than 10,000 likes.
Most China-based analysts said the iPhone SE would mainly appeal to Apple brand loyalists who don’t want to spend roughly $700 for the high-end iPhone 11 but are desperate to have something with an Apple logo on it even if it is a bit shit.
Research firm Canalys analyst Mo Jia said that the new iPhone SE will attract mid-range users who don’t take 5G connectivity as a necessity.
Sure, after all, loads of people want to pay over the odds to have technology which has been completely eclipsed by must have technology.
The company will start taking orders for the phone on its website on Friday, with deliveries expected to start April 24.