With the Galaxy S7 and iPhone SE behind us, consumers are looking forward to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6 and Apple’s iPhone 7. And both phones are expected to arrive in the second half of the year. So, which of them have greater chances of outperforming the other? Apple has crazy fan following and Samsung has just tasted massive success with the Galaxy S7.

Galaxy Note 6

Galaxy Note 6 vs. iPhone 7: Features & specs

The Galaxy Note 6 will reportedly retain the design elements of Galaxy S7 and last year’s Note 5. Samsung has brought back the microSD card slot and waterproofing capabilities, which helped boost sales of S7. So, the Korean company is unlikely to strip its upcoming phablet of these features. Rumors suggest that the Note 6 will have a huge 3,700mAh battery with fast charging capabilities, 6GB RAM, and 256GB UFS 2.0 memory. Besides, it is said to boast of iris scanner, and a mind-boggling 24MP main camera.

On the other hand, the iPhone 7 and its bigger sibling 7 Plus are said to be slimmer than their predecessors. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has learned from supply chain sources that the iPhone 7 will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack to make the device thinner. Apple is also said to remove the protruding rear camera and the ugly antenna bands from the iPhone 7.

The Cupertino company is also rumored to incorporate a dual-camera system in the iPhone 7 Plus, which will go up directly against the Galaxy Note 6. Among other things, the iPhone 7 will reportedly have wireless charging and waterproofing capabilities.

Samsung’s strategy to boost Galaxy Note 6 sales

As rumors suggest, both devices will be jam-packed with exciting new features to attract consumers. It’s going to be a tough fight. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in September. But Samsung has proved with Galaxy S7 that it has mastered the art of perfect timing. The company launch Galaxy S7 when Apple’s iPhone 7 was several months away, and Chinese vendors were yet to release their flagship Android phones.

Industry experts expect Samsung to do something similar with the Galaxy Note 6 to steal the show from iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston believes that Samsung will launch the Note 6 one or two months ahead of the iPhone 7 to “grab that window of opportunity.” A perfect release timing coupled with features that consumers actually want could help Note 6 give the next iPhone a tough fight.