Apple IPhone 4S Steps Up Fight Against Android

Apple plans to sell the iPhone 4S, featuring the A5 processor, on October 14 for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, for $200 with a two-year contract, as it steps up its battle against Android heading into the holiday season.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s new device sports the same design as the iPhone 4, but new internal specs. The iPhone 4S features iOS 5 with iCloud support, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording and new voice recognition application called Siri.

The device will come in both white and black with the 16-gigabyte model selling for $200, the 32-gigabyte for $300 and the 64-gigabyte for $400. Pre-orders will begin October 7.

The iPhone 4S also features an improved antenna system that allows it to reach HSDPA download speeds of 14 megabytes per second and has CDMA and GSM technology built in, making it a world phone.

Apple’s planned October release of the iPhone 4S marks the first time the company will launch a new handset in the fall. The release date of the 4S puts it up against several high-profile Android devices in what should be a very competitive smartphone market this holiday season.

The Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Droid Bionic and HTC Amaze are just a few of the recently released Android-powered smartphones that the 4S will go up against when it launches later this month.

Apple is declaring the iPhone 4S “the most amazing iPhone yet,” but it also may be going up against its toughest competition ever.

Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 4 for $100 with a two-year contract and the 3GS will now be free with a two-year contract.

This post originally appeared at Mobiledia.

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