SEOUL-- South Korea's mobile carriers launched preorders for U.S. tech giant Apple Inc.'s top-notch iPhone X smartphone on Friday, with local prices hovering far above those of the United States.

The country's three mobile carriers -- SK Telecom Co., KT Corp., and LG Uplus Corp. -- started preorders ahead of the official release slated for Nov. 24.

The price of the 64GB iPhone X stands at 1.36 million won (US$1,237), and that of the 256GB version is set at 1.55 million won. Local users will be provided options to choose between a discount of around 34,000 won to 122,000 won and a 25-percent cut in monthly pay plans.

Even considering the discounts, industry watchers said local prices are still far higher than the U.S., where the 64GB edition is available for $999.

Preorders for the iPhone 8 smartphones here stood at just 60-70 percent of demand for the iPhone 7 series. Industry watchers said the sluggish figure apparently came as some Apple fans waited for the iPhone X.

The 5.8-inch iPhone X is equipped with new features such as Face ID and an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display.

Source: Yonhap News Agency