Report: Chinese customers prefer the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 6 by a small margin


Two days ago, a report out of Chinese website Feng claimed that cumulative iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus orders have reached 2 million orders, supposedly in just 6 hours. That's crazy by any standard, though do keep in mind that China's mobile market is gargantuan -- there are over 1.2 billion subscribers according to the latest stats. Getting back on-topic, a new report from Tencent claims to have obtained access to the actual reservation figures for the new iPhones -- at least ones placed through one of China's largest online stores, JD.com.

According to the source, 1,106,379 units of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 have been pre-ordered, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus booked 1,189,083. You read that right -- it would appear that the iPhone 6 Plus may prove to be the more popular option with Chinese consumers, or, at worst, prove an equal or a close contender. As far as we know, there have been no reports of the split in the West, not to mention that the iPhone 6 Plus seems to be in a shorter supply (which would skew the ratio), but our guts say that the 4.7-incher is the more popular choice. In any case, if those figures prove to be true, then we'll have yet another confirmation of the popularity of the phablet form factor, specifically in Asia. 

Apple China will start accepting pre-orders for the new iPhones starting October 10, though the country's government-owned carriers have had registrations open for some 48 hours now, and they're evidently not alone.

source: Digi.QQ (translated) via 9to5Mac

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22 Comments

1. MegaEvolution

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Chinese are all highly educated, intelligent, and rational for choosing the device with the Apple logo on the back :)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The 6 Plus is better in every way possible.

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Not for fitting in my pocket/hand it isn't...

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I like bigger phones which is why I skipped the 6. The + has OIS and a larger battery so it's a no brainer.

13. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, the battery is definitely a big plus but then the one in my "standard" 6 is actually performing really well (despite Phonearena's test), I get a day and a half with 10 hours use before I'm out, now I've had it a couple of weeks I've yet to go to bed with it below 60% at the end of the day. I actually find even the normal 6 a little large and awkward in the hand (just a little) so I'm hoping there are a lot more of these 4.7-5.0 phones to come as standard now, with a proper gap between them and the phablets - maybe one day Apple will even work on making them nicer in the hand rather than just thin and with decreased bezels to match...

22. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

as long they have that big round button, decreased bezel will be just a dream. :D

17. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Chinese people like lower quality products, so they chose iPhone 6 Plus

3. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

So the Chinese love bendable phone? #Bendgate

5. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Man, that was clever! s/

10. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Pretty amateurish really, all the pro trolls rock the highly witty "iBend 6". It's amazing how they come up with it really, there must be a giant room somewhere with thousands of them making notes, scratching their heads in anguish until that fateful "Eureka!" moment when the drone turns to a hush, one stands forth, paper held aloft and gasps are heard as it unfolds to reveal the word "iBend" boldly written in indelible black ink with beams of blazing light illuminating the text as if from the very heavens above.

12. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Damn, now that sht was funny!

4. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

I think they all want to do more bend tests....

7. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Since it's flexing at least it's selling more than a LG Flex.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rock on China.

16. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

No sir! iPhone 6 plus is bendable. On the other hand, Rock isn't.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was a stupid post. Go away please.

9. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They're buying iPhone's for stature and as a status symbol so naturally they'll go for the bigger one so they look weathly, and more important. I wouldn't be suprised if the highest selling model is the gold 16GB 6 Plus there. 16GB because no one will see the storage space, all they need to see is a big, gold iPhone.

14. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Exactly!! Not to say it still isn't a quality product.

15. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I bet if there were something on the iPhone which is noticeable and showing 16,64,128GB etc. These people will go for 28GB to show off the fact they are wealthy. And the best selling model would be 128GB model. Damn you Apple!! Just hire me and you'll get easy money!

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Chris P, That number is now 4 million. Check 9 to 5. They also report that the 6 plus is accounting for 60% of sales according to supply chain. That's 60% of sales over all countries sold. As far as China sales go, true there are billions of people in China, but what phone has sold 2 million in 6 hours or 4 million in one day in China?

20. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Chinese like it big

21. mutmaka

Posts: 2; Member since: May 08, 2013

Regards of bendgate I wud buy iphone 6 plus

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