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


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

Specifications:

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

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Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone 4s phone and the Apple iPhone 3GS. 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
 496
Apple iPhone 3GS  150
 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 thus a difference of 91%. In multi-core, the gap is 231%.

AnTuTu:

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.