December 27, 2012, 6:35 A.M., Thursday — Let’s recap all the rumors involving the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4, the two “to-watch-out-for” flagship smartphones that might take the largest share of smartphone market next year.
Samsung Galaxy S4
According to rumors, the next Samsung flagship handset will not join next year’s Consumer Electronics Show or Mobile World Congress, and similar to the Galaxy S3, Samsung will reportedly launch a separate event just for the “S4.”
According to GSM Arena’s report, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will offer a 13-megapixel primary camera, arguably better than this year and last year’s 8-megapixel primary camera of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 Android handsets.
Also, the report posted last month is suggesting that the next flagship Galaxy smartphone will offer a 4.99-inch 1080p display, larger and more pixel-rich than this year’s 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Pentile display.
And finally, the iPhone 5S rival will reportedly ship with a new Samsung Exynos processor, the report said, “the other rumor that was reiterated was about the Exynos 5450 chipset – the quad-core version of the 5250 chipset that powers the Nexus 10 tablet. We’re still very skeptical of that – four Cortex-A15 cores at 2GHz will make minced meat of current mobile chipsets, but will probably also suck a battery dry in record time.”
Can next year’s Samsung Galaxy outsell the next iPhone, the rumored iPhone 5S?
Speaking of the rumored next flagship Apple handset, this month’s rumors involving the iPhone 5S are all about “leaks.” NBC News reported earlier this month that a leaked image reportedly confirmed that the iPhone 5S is already in production, and unsurprisingly, it will offer the same two-toned design similar to this year’s iPhone.
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Will the next iPhone look almost identical to the current one? (Odds are good that it will.) Is Apple seriously only moving a couple of screws? (That might make some fanboys cry.) If parts are leaking already, the next iPhone must obviously be scheduled to hit shelves on some arbitrary date determined by a blind-folded analyst throwing a dart at a calendar, right? (April! No, June! No, October!) It doesn’t take much for the rumor mill to get out of control.
This year’s iPhone 5 is the most popular iPhone yet, according to Apple’s latest set of press releases. In the United States and other major markets, the iPhone 5 reportedly noted 2 million pre-orders in first 24 hours, and in China, the company posted 2 million iPhone 5 sales in just 3 days.
Can the next iPhone outsell the iPhone 5? Well, maybe, but next year could be the most interesting because Android is growing fast, not just the market share, but also the ecosystem. Android’s latest update, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, will likely power the next Samsung handset, and yes, it is the new OS beast. I think it’s time for Apple to add new features to lure more customers — widgets on iOS? Why not!
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