They are said to be destined for two different countries, with a combined shipment of just 46,500 phones. This is (fairly obviously) reported to be a much smaller batch than that for previous models …
The news was blogged by Digitimes.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has started shipping iPhone X devices, with the first batch of 46,500 units already being shipped out from Zhengzhou and Shanghai to the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE), respectively, according to a China-based Xinhuanet.com report.
The latest estimates of production volumes still has them at the 400,000 per week reported by Nikkei. Even with delayed pre-ordering, this is likely to see very low supplies for a considerable time, possibly well into the new year.
Demand for the iPhone X depends in large part on iPhone 8 sales, most upgraders of course opting for one or the other. A recent KGI report said that iPhone 8 sales were better than expected, backed by Foxconn revenues, but that still leaves a lot of people waiting for the flagship phone. AT&T alone suggested that it was expecting to see almost a million orders for the iPhone X.
A reader poll found that the largest group would be prepared to wait 1-2 months for the iPhone X, with patience dropping sharply should the delay prove longer.