Apple finally launched their updated iPhone 5S yesterday. So how does the 7th generation iPhone compare to the current crop of flagship Chinese Android phones.
September is a big month for smarpthone enthusiasts. Meizu kicked off the month with the launch of the 5.1-inch, 8-core Meizu MX3, then it was Xiaomi’s turn with the launch of the ‘world’s fastest smartphone’, Apple had their go with the iPhone 5S yesterday and Oppo will announce the Oppo N1 at the end of the month!
Exciting times if you’re an Android phone fan, but not so much if you were anticipating an innovative new iPhone! Unsurprisingly Apple have announced an minor update to their iPhone 5, which could barely hold its own when originally launched!
Let’s take a look at the iPhone 5S compared to flagship devices from Xiaomi, Meizu and Oppo.
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As you can see from the table above the iPhone 5S is the smallest of the 4 devices, and it is also currently the only one which supports LTE networks (The launch of the Oppo N1 might change this) it is also the only phone to have a 64bit processor and fingerprint scanner.
But let’s have a look at what the iPhone 5S doesn’t have.
Each of the Chinese phones have 5-inch or above displays and all (we assume Oppo) with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080. Each of the Chinese phones also boast updated camera technology. The Mi3 has a 13 mega-pixel camera, the MX3 has an 8 mega-pixel sensor but a better F2.0 aperture size and the N1 will boast detachable lens offering amazing photograph and video performance!
Oppo, Xiaomi and Meizu have also given their phones NFC making it simple to connect to devices, share data and allow you to make easy electronic payments, they all also run Android operating systems with bags more features and functions than even iOS7 claims to have!
Another issue is price! The 16GB iPhone 5S will be available off contact in China for 5288 yuan which comes to $865! The Meizu MX3 with 16GB memory is 2499 Yuan, $408, the Mi3 1999 Yuan, $320 and the Oppo N1 is expected to cost around 3000 Yuan, $490!
Chinese phones more desirable?
The iPhone 5S represents a small update over the previous iPhone 5, where as the Chinese phones listed here each have exciting new features, 8-core processors, NFC, Snapdragon 800, Tegra 4, detachable camera lens etc, and cost significantly less!
Will the iPhone 5S spell the end for Apple in China? Will Chinese phones gain more ground internationally? Let us know your thoughts below.