Google Nexus 5 vs Apple iPhone 5C Rumors: Smartphones with cheaper price tags
In case you missed the top news this week, Apple and Google are believed to be expanding their smartphone business to low-end smartphone market globally this year. In Google’s defense though, it started the trend last year with its Google Nexus 4. Apple, the company behind the popular iPhone smartphone brand, is reportedly joining this certain portion of the market which could generate bigger market share but with slimmer revenue.
Reports online claim to reveal that Apple will unveil new smartphones on September 10, and one of which is the mythical “iPhone 5C” which features plastic back case, 5-megapixel back-facing camera (similar to iPhone 4), 4-inch Retina display and dual-core processor. This phone will take the lower price point, analysts believe, and it could give Apple a wall of defense against Android-based manufacturers which offer cheaper phones especially in Asian markets where cheaper phones rule the saturated smartphone business. The iPhone 5C is expected to join the high-end iPhone 5S release date by end of September, reports added.
Meanwhile, Google is said to mull over the possibility of taking the Moto X Phone as its next Android flagship smartphone that would take the Google Nexus 5 brand name. Similarly, the Nexus 5 will take the low-end price point just like the iPhone 5C and the Google Nexus 4 last year. However, separate reports revealed recently that LG Electronics, maker of last year’s Nexus 4, is still not out of the picture and could reprise its role as the manufacturer of the hero Nexus handset.
Either way, the Nexus 5 will compete with Apple in the cheaper smartphone business, a market that is currently controlled by Asia-based phone manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE, Samsung Electronics and even Nokia with its Asha phones and cheap Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8.
Apple and Google on low-end global phone market may be bad news for Nokia, maker of Windows Phone devices. Nokia recently revealed in quarter earnings report that its revenue mostly came from the low-end market and data suggested that Nokia’s efforts to compete with Google Android and Apple iPhone in the high-end market have failed.
Google is currently selling its Nexus 4 with $299 and $349 price tags in United States and some countries in Europe. If Google wants to expand its phone business, then it should start opening more stores online via its Google Play Store. For Apple, there’s no question that the company can ship more iPhone 5C to more customers with its stores coverage which includes top Chinese countries plus a large coverage of Apple resellers. Image via Macrumors.com.
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