Apple might not be performing as it hoped to in China, but this doesn’t stop the company from going forward with product launches. The latest arrival is the HomePod which got listed on Apple’s Chinese website. The speaker is priced at CNY2,799 or about $415, which is over 15% markup of the $349 price in the United States.
Apple made the HomePod appealing to local customers with giving it support for Mandarin and Cantonese, including a Hong Kong dialect. The press release also stated that you can stream music from local services such as QQ Music, DeDao, while Hong Kong is also getting Spotify, KKBOX, and JOOX.
The HomePod is already listed, but the Buy button is greyed out. It will be available on January 18 when both the White and Space Grey options can be purchased. There are also the usual add-ons like extended AppleCare+ for as low as CNY329 and 12-month plans for purchasing in installments.
Source (in Chinese)