With the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone due to be released in the next few weeks, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans are already wondering what the company will come up with in the iPhone 6 to compete with the flagship Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) device. Certainly Apple will view Samsung as their major competition in 2014. Thus, we look here at some of the key aspects of the Galaxy S5 and how Apple can hope to overcome them.
Galaxy S5 display
The Galaxy S5 is built around a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, capable of displaying 16 million colors and 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Galaxy S5 display will be 5.1 inches, and will be constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
This is a major area where Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) clearly hopes to usurp the Galaxy S5. There are already strong indications that the iPhone 6, or at least one model of it, will have a larger screen size than the S5. This would be a major coup for Apple in many ways as the Galaxy has in recent years had a larger screen than the iPhone.
Additionally, although the iPhone 6 is likely to be 1080p in line with the Galaxy S5, they are already making preparations to move on from Gorilla Glass, as there are reports that Apple has bought up an inordinate amount of sapphire glass. It is clear that Apple is intending for the iPhone 6 to be more durable than previous models, and more importantly, the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5’s dimensions will be 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in), while the device weight in at 145 g (5.11 oz). This is by no means a cumbersome device, but rumors indicate that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already signaled its intent to blow this out of the water by developing the slimmest smartphone ever. The appearance of Apple devices has been a massive selling point of the iPhone 6 through the years, and with the Galaxy S5 having slightly underwhelmed in the looks department, this is an obvious area for Apple to come out on top.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will come in two different models, one of which will offer 16 GB storage, and the larger model offering 32 GB storage. It is pretty much certain that Apple will also offer these two models, but they could perhaps attract a more prestigious demographic by offering at least a 64 GB model. It was slightly surprising that Samsung hasn’t opted for this itself, and even though both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) are looking to make waves in the affordable end of the market, it does seem that they’ve missed a trick by sticking to merely 16 and 32 GB models.
Chipset and Processor
The Galaxy S5 will run off a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, and feature a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always prided itself on delivering a particularly slick user experience with the iPhone, so the pressure will be on them to include a processor and chipset within the iPhone that at the very least matches the Galaxy S5 if they want to stay on top in this department.