If, as expected, the Apple iPhone 5 is released in October 2012, there is going to be no usual parting of the ways to allow it to collect its crown as the world’s greatest smartphone. You see, where the iPhone 4S had no real competition when it was released, the iPhone 5 will, in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The new Galaxy has already shattered the pre-orders record of 4 million that was set by the 4S, with 9 million and counting in the UK alone. That trend is expected to continue in a similar vein in the US market.
This means, when the iPhone 5 does hit stores it will face an uphill battle of attracting smartphone lovers away from Galaxy S3’s – many of which will be only six months through a two-year contract. So what does the iPhone 5 need to feature to be able to compete with the S3? We have thought of a few things…
Straight of the bat, Apple is going to have to up the screen size of the iPhone 5. Of course, it is highly unlikely that Apple is going even try to match the 4.8-inch screen of the S3 but large displays are the big seller in new smartphones and changes must be made. Rumors in the tech world as suggesting a display of 4.0 or 4.3 inches for the iPhone 5, but will this be at the risk of the Retina display – a key feature of the iPhone 4S? It may take a drop in pixel density or a change of aspect ratio to achieve. The resolution will also need improving from the current 960 x 640p to a 1280 x 720p to match the Galaxy S3. Taking the resolution to a new high of 1440 x 800p would certainly be a welcome addition.
The Samsung Galaxy is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at 8.6mm, a fair bit thinner than the 9.3mm iPhone 4S. There is a current trend towards thin phones and tablets and this is something Apple may need to think about. Rumors are that Apple are intending on slimming down the form of the new iPhone by using a streamlined Sony camera sensor. Sony’s new CMOS back-illuminated sensor is designed to be more compact and offer better functionality; this will certainly help the iPhone shave off a few millimeters.
It seems strange to say this as the 8MP camera on the iPhone 4S is one of the best there is and equal to the 8MP camera in the Galaxy S3. However, a larger megapixel camera will give Apple a clear advantage over Samsung. A 13MP rear-facing camera as seen in the new Sony Xperia GX will certainly fit the bill.
The new Galaxy uses its own Exynos 4412 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Apple will need to at least match this. If the iPhone 5 uses the same A5X processor found in the iPad 3, Apple may have a problem competing with the S3. However, Apple is apparently in talks with Samsung, of all people, about the A6 quad-core mobile processor chip. This would definitely give the iPhone 5everything it needed to compete with the S3. Apple is also going to need at least 1GB of RAM, anything less will be laughed at.
I cannot see any way that the iPhone 5 is going to compete with the S3 in terms of storage, unless they were to unveil a MicroSD card slot – which we all know is never going to happen! Like the iPhone 4S, the new Galaxy has 32GB and 64GB internal storage options, what it also has is a MicroSD card slot for a further 64GB of storage space. Is 96GB storage a possibility?