By Anu Passary | Aug 04, 2012 09:44 AM EDT
Move over Samsung Galaxy S3, the rumored iPhone 5 may not have arrived on the shelves yet, but its presence is undeniable. "The biggest product launch in consumer electronics history" is gearing up to wrest the numero uno mantle away from the Samsung challenger. With a slew of features that are guaranteed to pack a punch, the iPhone 5 is getting ready to give the Samsung phone recurring nightmares.
Samsung should pull up its socks and brace itself for some sleepless nights as its smartphone dominance is quickly looking to fade away. Here's why the iPhone 5 is the smartphone goliath-in-waiting and will undoubtedly be the Galaxy S3's nemesis.
Futuristic Features of the iPhone 5
The massive 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 at 133gms and 8.6mm manages to stay feather light for a phone its size. The current 3.5-inch iPhone 4S, weighing 140gms and 9.3mm thick, cuts a sorry figure in front of the Galaxy S3, but all that is about to change with the arrival of the iPhone 5. The nifty iPhone 5 is touted to be slimmer, sleeker, and will have consumers salivating at first glimpse. The 4-inch phone will not only sport a bigger screen than its predecessors, it will also be slimmer thanks to the in-cell display and liquidmetal alloy body.
The iPhone 5 will ditch the glass-back for a metal back face, shaving off a good 1mm. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo suggested in an April note that by switching back to a metal back face from the current glass one, Apple's next iPhone could be well under 8mm. Since all things small are the order of the day for the smartphone biz, the change would put the iPhone in a better position than the 8.6mm Galaxy S3. The 4-inch screen puts the iPhone 5 at par with Android devices in the market.
Bumping up the screen size would make for happy consumers who would be able to get access to a larger keyboard and more information on the screen. Also, the larger screen size would allow better viewing and gaming experiences. With rumors of iPhone 5 integrating 4G LTE, which would enable ten times faster content streaming than that of 3G, the size would add to the appeal.
The switch to the in-cell technology, from the current on-cell one, ensures a brighter display and is a major improvement vis-a-vis the traditional Super AMOLED and LCD technologies. The feature puts iPhone 5 in the driving seat ahead of rival Samsung. The circulating Apple rumors have indicated that the next-gen iPhone will have the faster quad-core Exynos processor as opposed to the dual-core chip. According to a previous report, Apple is also upgrading the RAM modules and the next-gen iPhone will have 1GB of RAM (double of the current 512MB of RAM for the iPhone 4S) and sport NFC technology.
Whether Apple will ultimately go with an NFC chip is still shrouded in mystery. Debates continue over the pros and cons of the technology and the why and the why nots for Apple. Samsung's Galaxy S3 is NFC-enabled.
The current Apple camera is the best in the business but the front-facing camera may still see minor improvements to aid FaceTime. The grapevine is abuzz with talks of a 3D camera. Rumors of 3D Photography being incorporated in the iPhone 5 have been doing the rounds and patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office carried a list of Apple patents relating to 3D face and object recognition technology. The current crop of 3D camera phones are limited in number and their pictures leave a lot to be desired, throwing open the field for an Apple onslaught.
Apple has been known for its amazing battery life, whereas the same cannot be said for Samsung. Should Apple decide to go the 4G LTE route, it will need to ensure that battery woes are kept at bay. The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which is matched if not bettered by iOS 5 in the iPhone 4S. With the launch of iOS 6 operating system bettering the iOS 5, Apple is going to have yet another feather in its cap and will pip the Galaxy S3 easily.
With a gamut of features in its kitty, its Carpe Diem for Apple's iPhone 5! Come fall, the smartphone goliath is ready to seize the spoils from Samsung's Galaxy S3.
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