Apple's iPhone 5C is seen retailing in
He said the country's economic slowdown will have a limited effect on the market for smartphones, which tend to be bought for emotional reasons. In addition, the festive fourth quarter is the most dynamic period of the year.
In IDC's view, the new iPhones will help Apple's iOS maintain its second-place ranking in the Thai market with a 20% share. The Android operating system controls 50% of the market here.
Apple recently slashed the price of the iPhone 4S 8 GB to
IDC is maintaining its full-year forecast for Thai smartphone sales at 9.3 million units, with high-end models contributing 32%.
Opas Cherdpunt, the managing director of M Vision, an organiser of Thailand Mobile Expo, said next month's event will see fierce competition as the two new iPhones join the battle with other global handset makers.
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