Cost-conscious consumers will get to chose between a Windows Phone with a WVGA screen, 5 megapixel rear and also a front-facing camera and HD video recording, and a 3 year old iPhone with none of those features.
Digitimes reports that industry sources expect Android and Windows Phone 7 vendors to benefit from the release of the disappointing iPhone 4s, which has no cosmetic improvements compared to the iPhone 4.
They note â€œthe newly released iPhone 4S lags behind some mainstream smartphones as far as specifications are concernedâ€ as the device â€œcomes without a larger display and with a download speed of only 14.4Mbps for HSPA, and does not support LTE and NFC technologiesâ€.
Samsung, HTC and Nokia however have mainstream models with LTE, NFC and 3D standards and with larger displays, which will enable those models to differentiate themselves from iPhones, the sources added.
Lastly they observe â€œalthough 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.â€
The last element is in fact quite crucial. While many expect the cheaper and free on contract iPhone 3GS to hugely expand and even double the iPhone market, many forget how old the technology in the iPhone 3GS, which has a 320×480 resolution display and 3.2 megapixel camera, is compared to low-cost mainstream handsets which often at minimum have 5 megapixel cameras and WVGA screens.Â Consumers will face the stark choice of a 3 year old iPhone or a cheap 2011/2012 phone running an alternate OS or a very old iPhone design dating to 2007, and I suspect the choice will be very clear for most.