With the iPhone 5 having just been released, details about the features and release date of the iPhone 6 are distant at best. But with rumored specs of Samsung’s next GS4 beginning to surface, there may be more hints as to how Apple will compete with the 4th generation Galaxy S.
When it comes to prognosticating the iPhone 6, we’re probably getting ahead of ourselves; given the release pattern that is currently developing with iPhone iterations, there is more of a chance that we will see a refreshed iPhone 5S in 2013 than a full-fledged iPhone 6. Most likely, the 6 will be saved until 2014, and get a complete external makeover.
It is for this reason that iPhone 6 rumors continue to be nonexistent — there really are no bona fide rumors as of right now, since the next overhauled iPhone is probably just a glimmer in Cupertino’s engineers’ eyes. However, since Samsung seems more willing to overhaul its Galaxy S designs each year in order to challenge the iPhone, what we’re hearing about the rumored GS4.
According to TellMeNews:
“We have touched on the Galaxy S4 in previous reports, primarily on how the Korea Times had published an article stating that the next-gen Galaxy would be unveiled at the 2013 Mobile World Congress next February. At the moment, this rumor, which was rapidly put to rest by an official tweet from Samsung, has a good chance of ringing true. The Samsung Galaxy S4’s rumored specifications include a quad-core Exynos processor with as much as 3 GB RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera or better and the latest Android operating system underneath, possibly Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.”
Samsung appears to be positioning its Galaxy S iterations so that even on the refresh years for the iPhone, they will end up offering a much more powerful new smartphone. So, for 2013, the GS4 could be packing a major hardware and performance upgrade with this rumored Exynos quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, and 12-megapixel rear camera. Specs like these will most likely outpace the iPhone 5S, which will perhaps see a marginal improvement in its processor, but for the most part will rely on software updates alla iOS 7.
The only area where we’ll most likely see the GS4 remain constant with the current iteration is its screen size: with the Galaxy Note providing the large 5-inch screen screen option in Samsung’s roster of smartphones, the GS4 doesn’t have much more room to grow without encroaching on the Note. (Wouldn’t it be amazing, however, if we saw the GS4 adopt Apple’s new aspect ratio? I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.)
By Michael Nace