Reminder: Australian iPhone X pre-orders start at 6pm tonight

Alex Kidman 27 October 2017 NEWS

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You'll have to get in quick to secure Apple's latest premium handset.

Apple announced the iPhone X at the same time as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but also announced that actual availability would be delayed relative to the 8 series models, with pre-orders set to commence on 27 October and actual device availability from 3 November 2017.

Those of you looking at a calendar today might realise that 27 October 2017 is today. To be rather more specific, iPhone X pre-orders will commence today in Australia at 6:01pm AEDT.

What are my options for getting an iPhone X?

Apple will happily sell you an iPhone with either 64GB of onboard storage for $1579, or with 256GB of onboard storage for a hefty $1829. In either case, and in keeping with Apple tradition, those are fixed storage quantities, with no microSD card expansion available.

The iPhone X is available in either Silver or Space Grey finishes, but unlike last year's iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus, there's no "premium" colour available but only higher storage capacities. It seems likely that there will be a PRODUCT(RED) version at some point, but certainly not at launch.

Apple will kick off its pre-sales of the new device through its Australian website at 6:01pm today, and if history is any indication, its site is likely to be absolutely inundated, especially as sales of the admittedly impressive iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus appear to have been a little softer than in past years. That may well have been because so many Apple fans were waiting for the iPhone X to appear before laying down their cash.

It's all but inevitable that direct importers such as Kogan, DWI, Expansys and amaysim will end up selling iPhone X, but right now there's not much beyond a few "coming soon" banners on their respective sites.

If that outright price is too steep for you to stomach in one hit, the iPhone X will also be available through Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, Telstra and Optus on contract terms. So far, Virgin Mobile is the only carrier to announce its contract pricing for the iPhone X, which you can check out here.

If carriers do announce pricing for the iPhone X before 6:01pm, we'll update with their plans as well. Stay tuned for every Australian plan price and analysis of whose deals are the smartest option for every iPhone X buyer.

Is it "iPhone X" or "iPhone 10"?

According to Apple, it's strictly "iPhone 10", but with the use of Roman numerals confusion was all but a given. We figure if you're spending $1579/$1829 on a phone, you can call it whatever you like.

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