iPhone 5 has not been released yet to the public but its expected to be available soon in October according to the most online sources. We have heard hundreds if not thousands of rumors about it in the last few months. A massive pileup of rumors is to be expected when the product to be released is from Apple, and specially if its going to be called anything sounding “iPhone”. Strongest competitor for iPhone 5 namely Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) has been in production for quite some time, and has recently been launched in the US as well. Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) has seen astounding success in all other markets around the world, and is expected to sell really well in US as well.
Based on the current circumstances a question comes to mind that if iPhone 5 will be able to outclass the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) in terms of powerful hardware specs and other features? Or from the other perspective if Samsung Galaxy S2 will be able to keep up with the “mighty iPhone 5” when it will be released? For sure, despite all the rumors we still don’t know the final specs of the iPhone 5 but based on the currently known specs its expected to based on the Apple A5 processor, 1 GB of RAM with a large than 4-inch screen. Its also expected that iPhone 5 will features the 8MP camera possibly with improved flash capability. Despite these powerful features its still expected to be lighter, and with more battery juice than the current generation iPhone 4. And of course, we all know that it will be running on the latest and greatest iOS 5 mobile OS from Apple.
Now the question is how all of this iPhone 5 magic will fare against the currently available Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII). Well, while above mentioned (rumored) specs of the iPhone 5 might seem pretty impressive, and in fact, they really are but the fact is if you match these specs against the SGS2 you will notice all these features are already there in the latest offering from Samsung. Consider the Exynos based processor running on 1.2 GHz (1.5 GHz frequency), 1 GB of RAM, excellent 8MP rear facing camera with 1080p video capturing capability, and of course mighty impressive 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen – all in a thin and a lightweight package! All these features match quite well with the yet unreleased iPhone 5 specs (if not exceed them). However, there is one last piece of the puzzle related to the OS where I do believe iPhone 5 might have an upper edge. This is because iPhone 5 will be released with the iOS 5 which is a huge improvement in terms of features and also performance as compared to the current iOS 4.x versions, while the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) is still based on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which might lag behind the iOS 5 in terms of features. But this point is debatable and we cannot be sure until the iOS 5 gets released with the iPhone 5. So, based on the above analysis I cannot see any reason for the Samsung to get upset with the iPhone 5 release as they should be able to compete very well with the Apple beast with their current flagship Samsung Galaxy S2(SII).
However, depending on the market conditions and consumers bias towards the strong Apple iPhone brand Samsung might be forced to release the Samsung Galaxy S3 (SIII) early than expected. This seems quite viable particularly in the light of current news that Google Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS4/Android 4.0) is going to be released by the November or December this year. Also, NVIDIA Tegra 3 is expected to released by the years end. So, Samsung might release the Samsung Galaxy S3 (SIII) utilizing the Tegra 3 and featuring the Ice Cream Sandwich OS to have a better parity with the iOS 5. However, based on the current realities I have little doubt that in terms of raw specs Samsung Galaxy S3 (SIII) will be miles ahead of whatever Apple ships with the iPhone 5. Ah! and don’t forget that Samsung Galaxy Note release later this year is another attempt by Samsung to distract the potential buyers before the iPhone 5 release.
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