WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.
The newly released iPhone 4S lags behind some mainstream smartphones as far as specifications are concerned, giving rival companies in either the Android or Windows Phone camps, including HTC, Samsung Electronics and Nokia more chance to expand their market shares with innovative models, according to industry sources.
The iPhone 4S comes without a larger display and with a download speed of only 14.4Mbps for HSPA, and does not support LTE and NFC technologies although it is powered by a more powerful processor and comes with more advanced camera and video functionalities, the sources pointed out.
However, Samsung, HTC and Nokia have rolled out mainstream models supporting LTE, NFC and 3D standards and with larger displays, which will enable those models to differentiate themselves from iPhones, the sources added.
Although Apple also launched an entry-level 8GB iPhone 4 and cut the price of its iPhone 3GS, the effectiveness of such tactics will be limited as iPhone fans will still prefer to buy new models and the low-priced iPhones will not be able to compete with Android phones in the entry-level segment, commented the sources.