Compare Apple iPhone 3GS vs Apple iPhone 4s: Price, Specs, Review

Difference between the Apple iPhone 3GS smartphone and the Apple iPhone 4s mobile, with the technical details, but also the respective performances. The first phone is operating with the Cortex-A8 processor, which has 1 cores, 1 threads, an energy-efficient frequency of 0,6 GHz, a high-performance frequency of 0,6 GHz. The second is working with the Apple A5 processor, with 2 cores, 2 threads, its initial frequency is 1,0 GHz, its maximum frequency is 1,0 GHz.


Smartphone Apple iPhone 3GS Apple iPhone 4s
Model version(s) A1325 A1431, A1387
Release date Q2 2009 Q4 2011
Dimensions 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 in 4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 in
Weight 4.76 oz 4.94 oz
Body Aluminum body Front & back glass,
aluminum frame
Screen size, colours 3.5 inches, 16M colors 3.5 inches, 16M colors
Screen type TFT IPS LCD
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 640 x 960 pixels
Screen ratio 3:2 3:2
Density 165 ppi 330 ppi
Operating system iOS 3 iOS 5
Processor Cortex-A8 Apple A5
Lithography 65 nm 45 nm
Cores 1 2
Threads 1 2
High-performance cores 1x Cortex-A8 @600 MHz 2x Cortex-A9 @1.0 GHz
Energy-efficient cores
GPU PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory 0.256 GB RAM 0.512 GB RAM
Storage 8 / 32 GB 8 / 64 GB
Memory card
Camera 3.15 MP, AF, f/2.8 8 MP, f/2.4, 35mm
Video 480p30 1080p30
Front camera No 0.4 MP
Front video No 480p30
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP 4.0, A2DP, LE
USB 2.0 2.0
Battery capacity 1,220 mAh 1,432 mAh
Battery type Non-removable Li-Ion Non-removable Li-Po
Versatile use autonomy ~ 8 hours ~ 7 hours
Head SAR value (US) 0.26 W/kg 1.18 W/kg
Body SAR value (US) 0.79 W/kg 0.98 W/kg
DxOMark 72
AnTuTu 11,900
Geekbench 4 single core 150 287
Geekbench 4 multi-core 150 496
Rating 3.4 / 5 3.7 / 5
Number of reviews 365 2,205
Price $45 $124
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We can thus compare easily the technical specifications between these two smartphones. The Apple iPhone 4s smartphone has a bigger number of cores, the maximum frequency of the Apple iPhone 4s is higher. The Apple iPhone 4s was released after.

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Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone 3GS phone and the Apple iPhone 4s. For this purpose, we are looking at the respective scores on AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4:

Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – iOS 64-bit
Apple iPhone 4s  287
Apple iPhone 3GS  150

This graph shows us the difference in power between these two phones. For each value, it is an average based on 250 data generated in the benchmark platform.

On the single-core side, there is a difference of 91%. In multi-core, the gap reaches 231%.


Unfortunately, we can not yet display the comparison chart for the results on AnTuTu, because we lack data for at least one of these processors. Please, come back in a few days.