Indian customs officials arrested a traveller with 100 iPhone X units coming from Dubai at Delhi airport. The passenger was trying to illegally bring these handsets worth Rs 85.61 lakh into India with him. The 53-year old passenger was caught after a search was conducted while returning from Dubai on Friday at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
“Hundred iPhone X handsets worth a total of Rs 85.61 lakh were seized from his baggage after a thorough search,” said Additional Commissioner of customs, Amandeep Sing to DNA. The passenger who has not been named is arrested under Section 104 and investigations have begun.
The iPhone X is the first Apple iPhone to have a starting price of $1000. In India, the iPhone X costs significantly more than its US version, Rs 85,000. While Dubai is known for its cheap electronics, it is especially a hub of enthusiastic smartphone buyers from India. For instance, the same base model can be had in Dubai for around Rs 70,000.
The incident comes just after a Strategy Analytica report that the iPhone X was the unchallenged best selling smartphone across the globe in the first quarter. The handset that set the notch trend had a market share of 5% with Apple shipping 16 million units in the quarter. In comparison, the freshly released Samsung Galaxy S9 managed to muster a 5th ranking on the report from the research.