Two massive mobile device releases are on the horizon, and as the release dates approach for both Apple’s iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, more and more information bout the devices is steadily seeping out.
It has already been suggested that Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 4 around September, which would make the month extremely interesting as the iPhone 6 has also long since been expected to see a September release. With Apple strongly expected to release a phablet-like device as part of a double-model iPhone portfolio, this means that the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 will be directly facing off against one another.
So what can be expect from the Galaxy Note 4? There is going to be massive pressure on Samsung to deliver something truly outstanding, if as expected the Korean manufacturer launches its flagship phablet around the time that Apple releases its first phablet offering. There will be massive buzz surrounding a brand new iPhone, so can Samsung deliver something truly outstanding to respond to this?
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Galaxy Note 4 rumors
Well, the latest reports regarding the Galaxy Note 4 indicate that the phablet will run off a 64-bit processor, giving this latest Samsung device some extra power. It also seems that Samsung are trying to make an impression with the appearance of the Galaxy Note 4, with the phablet set to launch in a range of different colours including the striking Electric Blue and Copper Gold shades.
In terms of processor, the final decision of Samsung may not have been made yet, with benchmark testing suggesting that the Galaxy Note 4 may offer two differing processor options. However, the possible inclusion of the Samsung Exynos 5433 8-Core processor will particularly garner attention, as this is considered to be potentially even more powerful than the commonly used Snapdragon. Nonetheless, a Snapdragon 805 has been involved in benchmark testing for Samsung, and could feature in at least one model of the Galaxy Note 4.
Another intriguing rumor is that the Galaxy Note 4 may come in two separate variant, one of which will feature a curved OLED screen. This would be very much in line with the zeitgeist in consumer electronics, as Samsung’s curved televisions have attracted a great deal of attention at recent trade shows.
The Galaxy Note 4 will also reportedly feature a gigantic 5.7-inches display, which will have a better than full HD screen, with leaks indicating that the Galaxy Note 4 will comprise an impressive screen QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. You can also expect a 12MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and 3GB of RAM.
Software innovations expected to launch with the Galaxy Note 4 include Smart Fingerprint – offering customizable fingerprint functionality – Aqua Capture – enabling underwater photograph taking – and Multi Network for Booster, which is expected to offer superior download speeds. Certainly the Galaxy Note 4 looks to offer an impressive package, so how will Apple respond to this?
iPhone 6 rumors
It is much harder to get to the bottom of what to expect from Apple, as it plays its cards very close to its chest. But even though the existence of the iPhone 6 has yet to be confirmed, it seems certain that the long floated rumor of a phablet-sized iPhone 6 is pretty solid, as case leaks are already indicating that there will be a 5.5-inch model of Apple’s flagship smartphone knows an iPhone 6 Air.
Possible spec lists for the iPhone 6 have been released, and these suggest that the Galaxy Note 4 will have the edge. But, as we know, Apple has always traded on delivering an intuitive, slick and user-friendly experience with outstanding software that elevates the iPhone experience beyond its specs.
Thus, it is interesting to hear that the latest iPhone may come with a new haptic feedback feature, which will enable the screen to emit differing vibrations depending on which application is being used. This is the sort of innovation that Apple has made its trademark, and sounds like an intriguing prospect which could make the iPhone 6 even more intuitive to use.
Business Insider has also suggested that Apple is expecting the iPhone 6 to sell like hot cakes. According to the publication, Apple has ordered its manufacturing supply chain to make no less than 68 million iPhone 6 units. This would represent a 33 percent increase in sales, which would be an outstanding result, but historically iterations of the iPhone have always sold around 20 percent more than the previous model.
Thus, Apple remains emboldened and confident about the prospects of the iPhone 6, and September could witness one of the most memorable stand-offs in consumer electronics history. At the time of writing, Samsung appears to be attempting to cram more spec into the Galaxy Note 4 than Apple with its iPhone, but we know from previous releases that what actually comes out of the iPhone 6 box usually makes a huge impression.