Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch the iPhone 6 at its media event on September 9. The company will live stream the launch. In contrast, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) usually releases its Galaxy S-line phones around the Mobile World Congress. The next MWC event will begin on March 2, 2015. So, the Galaxy S6 is unlikely to arrive anytime soon. But there have been plenty of leaks and rumors around both devices. Let’s compare the specs rumors to see which one is more likely to fare well in terms of consumer feedback and sales.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S6: rumored features and specs
To begin with, the iPhone 6 will have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal display with 960 x 1704 resolution. Reports suggest that the device will have thinner bezels to make one-handed operation possible on large screens. The Galaxy S6 is rumored have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2650 resolution. Some reports suggest that the Galaxy S6 may also have a flexible display, which may grab people’s attention.
Talking about the hardware, the iPhone 6 will reportedly have a dual-core 64-bit A8 chipset, 2GB RAM, 10MP main camera with optical image stabilization. It will come with the internal storage options of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Rumors point to a 2915mAh battery in the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 1810mAh battery with the 4.7-inch model. The iPhone 6 is likely to get wireless charging capabilities.
On the other hand, experts expect the Galaxy S6 to run the powerful 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, at least 3GB RAM, up to 128GB of built-in storage, 20MP main snapper and a giant 3,300mAh battery. Samsung has also been working on the 4K display, which could make its way into the Galaxy S6 next year. The Korean company’s recent smartphones Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha have metal framing. So, a metal chassis for the Galaxy S6 is a given.
Apple’s lead in services could give iPhone 6 an edge
Apple’s iPhone 6 will get the newest iOS 8 operating system, which brings plenty of new features and services. The Galaxy S6 is likely to run the Android L, which is yet to be unveiled. Samsung has added new features such as a heart rate sensor and a UV sensor to its recent phones, that will also appear in the Galaxy S6. But the Korean company may fall short on the services front.
The iPhone 6 will have health & fitness tracking features, mobile payments service and a home automation app called HomeKit. Apple has signed agreements with healthcare providers to make its HealthKit the central hub for health data. The company has also entered deals with payment processors like MasterCard, Visa and American Express for its payments service. These strategic moves on the services front could give Apple a distinct edge over its biggest rival.