The two huge mobile releases which are guaranteed for the remainder of 2015 are the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy Note 5. Many consumers will be already contemplating which of the two market-leading devices to opt for, so here ValueWalk assesses the relative merits of the two handsets based on the information that we have about them thus far.
Galaxy Note 5 – features and specs
Samsung is renowned for packing its mobile devices with extremely impressive specifications, and the Galaxy Note 5 phablet is expected to be no exception to this rule. Central to the makeup of the Galaxy Note 5 is expected to be a 5.9-inch ultra HD 4K resolution Super AMOLED display. This would be a revolutionary aspect of the device, and would make the Galaxy Note 5 the first mass-market 4K handset.
Such an outstanding screen would require a great deal of processing power, so it is predicted that Samsung will opt for an octa-core 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7422 processor. Somewhere between 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM are expected as Samsung produces a Galaxy Note 5 with a huge amount of processing power under the bonnet.
With smartphone users increasingly working with large amounts of information, Samsung is ready to deliver at least 32 GB of on-board storage in its entry-level Galaxy Note 5 model. There have been some murmurings that the Galaxy Note 5 could include support for 256 GB of memory, but the more likely figure for the premium version of the mobile is 128 GB.
Camera technology will also be improved with the Galaxy Note 5, with a 21-megapixel snapper predicted by many sources. Additionally, Samsung is looking to improve the front-facing photograph taking capabilities of the Galaxy Note 5, and will include a 5-megapixel unit with the intention of making capturing more absorbing selfies possible.
Samsung is also expected to upgrade the S-Pen stylus that has become such a popular part of the Galaxy Note series. It is not known precisely what functionality will be included with this new stylus, but the Korean corporation is expected to mark it out as once again an aspect of the Galaxy Note package that separates it from competitors.
USB Type-C functionality has already been confirmed for the Galaxy Note 5 based on very credible leaks, and a heart-rate sensor and fingerprint scanner are also expected, as Samsung attempts to improve both security and health-tracking.
A 4,100mAh battery with fast charging and ultra power-saving mode will also be included as Samsung attempts to ensure that the Galaxy Note 5 delivers a significant lifecycle. Rumors in the last couple of days have suggested that Samsung handsets will deliver five days of battery life in the foreseeable future, but we do not know whether this new technology will see the light of day in the Galaxy Note 5.
With Samsung keen to build on the strong reception for the Galaxy Note 4, the sequel to that device will feature an attractive 7.9mm thick metal chassis, as the Korean company moves away the plasticky feel that was criticized when it unveiled the Galaxy S5 in 2014.
iPhone 7 – features and specs
Apple is less likely to imbue the iPhone with eye-popping specifications, as this has generally not been the ethos regarding its flagship smartphone. However, Apple will probably upgrade the screen resolution of the iPhone 7 plus phablet to quad HD resolution, and we will see the first full HD iPhone 7 smartphone.
The battery in the iPhone 7 is also expected to be significantly upgraded from previous versions of the device, as Apple looks to deliver a more satisfactory battery life. Power saving technology has been built into the iOS 9 operating system, and these two aspects will collectively enable Apple to improve battery life by roughly 50 percent. The iPhone 7 camera will also be upgraded.
The major innovation in the iPhone 7 will be the inclusion of Force Touch technology. This particular feature was introduced in the Apple Watch and MacBook laptop series recently, and enables users of devices to access different functions by pressing with differing degrees of strength. It is thought that the iPhone 7 will be able to deliver significantly more functionality with Force Touch than was included in the Apple Watch.
In order to avoid more embarrassing headlines relating to the iPhone bending, it is suggested that the new iPhone 7 will be redesigned from more durable materials. This could include a new revolutionary type of aluminum, and there are also rumors that Apple will finally include sapphire glass in the iPhone 7, having ducked out of introducing it in the last generation of the handset.
Apple will also double the RAM in the iPhone 7, in order to provide a smoother user experience, and there are also suggestions that Apple could include a 256 GB version of the handset when the iPhine 7 is released. This is thought to be very much in line with the ethos of Apple with regard to Music and Beats, with both of these services requiring a significant amount of storage space in order for iPhone 7 users to get the best out of them.
It has also been frequently suggested in the last few months that Apple will release a 4-inch version of the smartphone range, possibly at the time that the two mainstream iPhone 7 handsets are released. This is thought to be very much in line with the ethos of the former CEO and founder of the company, Steve Jobs, as well as providing Apple with a potentially attractive revenue stream.
Both the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 5 will unquestionably attract a huge amount of consumers when they are released later this year. At the time of writing, it looks as if the Galaxy Note 5 will include some truly revolutionary aspects, such as the first ever 4K resolution screen in a mass-market mobile device. However, Apple is working hard to ensure that the iPhone 7 is a significant departure from the previous devices in the series. And Force Touch can be considered something of a killer app, after it created a strong impression is the reason Apple watch.
Over time, the approach of Samsung and Apple is diverging significantly, and both companies still attract passionate invitees. Which one of the two devices appeals will depend on personal priorities. The Galaxy Note 5 is the ultimate spec-packed device, while ease-of-use, design parameters and new features will attract vast numbers of users to the iPhone 7.