Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is anticipated to launch its iPhone 6 later this year. But Samsung unveiled its flagship device Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress In Barcelona yesterday. The Korean company made some changes in the Galaxy S5 compared to its predecessor. Now that we know the features of the Galaxy S5, let’s see whether it is a significant improvement over the Galaxy S5 or if you should wait for the iPhone 6.
Galaxy S5 has a similar look and feel to Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S5 sports some new features to be sure, but for many, the changes were not big enough, prompting Ovum senior analyst Nick Dillon to say that its look at feel is similar to the Galaxy S4. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) is betting big on the heart rate monitor, camera autofocus and fingerprint sensor, which is already present in Apple’s iPhone 5S. Dillon said that the updates are so minute that most consumers won’t be able to notice them at first glance.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has increased the screen size from 5-inch in Galaxy S4 to 5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1080 X 1920p) display in Galaxy S5. The Korean company touted the new smartphone’s ability to adapt its screen to changing external conditions, not mentioning that the feature is already present on dozens of other devices. The Galaxy S5 is powered by 2GB RAM and 2.5GHz quad-core processor. It comes in two storage variants of 16GB and 32GB, which can be expanded to 64GB with microSD card.
Galaxy S5 follows the iPhone 5S and Xperia Z
The Galaxy S5 has a 16MP rear camera, compared to 13Mp in Galaxy S4, and 2.1MP front shooter. The new device promises a faster autofocus, and can blur the background or foreground to emphasize a specific subject in the image. And yes, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has introduced the fingerprint sensor in its new smartphone to unlock the device or make payments through PayPal. And the highlight of the Galaxy S5 is a heart-rate sensor to measure your fitness activities. But its limitation is that the heart-rate sensor in the Galaxy S5 can be used only before and after the exercise. This tool is not meant for continuous tracking.
The Korean company has also introduced Kid’s Mode in its new smartphones. Yes, it’s the same feature found in dozens of smartphones including the cheapest Lumia 520. It allows parents to hand over the device to kids without worrying about them buying stuff from the app store or sending an email to your boss. Kids can access only those apps approved by parents. The phone is also water-resistant, just like Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758)’s Xperia Z.
iPhone 6 to have better health monitoring tool than the Galaxy S5?
Now, let’s have a look at the widely rumored features of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6. According to DigiTimes, the new iPhones enter the supply chain at least 6-9 months before their official launch. That’s why most of the rumors and supply chain leaks accurately predict the feature of the next iDevice.
This time the rumor mill has it that the iPhone 6 will have a Healthbook app. It will work with the iWatch to monitor and store your fitness data such as calories burned, miles walked, heart rate, blood pressure, glucose level, and hydration level. Most importantly, unlike the Galaxy S5, the Healthbook can be used for continuous tracking. It will also remind you when it’s time to take your next dose of medication. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently won the patent to monitor blood pressure using smartphone technology. Moreover, the tech giant has hired sleep scientist Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research to work on Healthbook. It indicates that the iPhone 6 may help you sleep better.
The iPhone 6 is anticipated to come with mobile payments technology so that you can use the device to pay for stuff you buy online. The iPhone maker has credit card data of more than 400 million iPhone and iPad users. And yes, the iPhone 6 has also been rumored to be the world’s slimmest smartphone with just 6mm thickness.