Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are the four leading smartphone brands in China. Apple is one of the fifth spot and is concerned about its market share. Fresh information coming from China has revealed that 2018 iPhones that are aimed towards the country is codenamed as “Lisbon” and “Hangzhou”. These smartphones are speculated to come with many features that are available on the iPhone X. Also, the Lisbon and Hangzhou iPhones are expected to carry affordable price tags. By releasing these phones, the Cupertino company.
Apple has been always known alphanumeric codenames for its iPhones. For instance, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are respectively codenamed as D20 and D22. If the information revealed China’s Economic Daily turns out to be true, the upcoming iPhones aimed towards will carry city name-based codenames.
The aforementioned codenames have been revealed by unnamed sources from Apple’s supply china. Macotakara, a Japanese tech blog speculates that the lower-end iPhone coming next year may be priced around $90 less than the iPhone X. It indicates that the Lisbon or Hangzhou iPhone may carry a pricing of around $909.
Recent reports have suggested that all the iPhones that will be releasing in 2018 are expected to come with an OLED screen, TrueDepth Camera system and Face ID. However, the report published on the Chinese publication does not clearly mention the features that will be borrowed by Lisbon and Hangzhou from iPhone X. It is likely that the cheaper iPhone X-like phones may house an LCD panel instead of an OLED panel. Also, they may feature Touch ID sensor instead of the newly introduced Face ID.
In China, the Cupertino company is facing fierce competition from local smartphone OEMs. In the third quarter of this year, Apple managed to reach a market share of 17.7 percent in China whereas Huawei is leading the pack with a 31 percent market share. China is the world’s biggest smartphone market. However, the $999 starting price for the iPhone X with 64 GB storage is unlikely to entice many buyers to purchase it.
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