Undoubtedly, the new iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the top phones for the consumer market ready to battle it out this year and needless to say the competition between these two is surely over the roof. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the competition between these two will get hotter or one of these phones will fall out from the race. Let’s find out.
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Design wise the new iPhone 5S isn’t going to set the charts ablaze and this is partly due to the fact that the previous version didn’t either. Of course, the usual bits are there. Glass front, a 4 inch screen and an aluminum body form the bulk of the design. French blog nowhere else has leaked two photos of the New iPhone 5S but even they have been deleted. But still, the rumors appear to be true.
Of course, rumors being rumors, there are even reports suggesting that the new iPhone 5S, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have a 4.8 inch screen. But these rumors have been discarded and the general consensus is that the big screen will only come on the 2014 bound iPhone 6 or it’s just a concept which will never be officially released.
Leaked Photos of the Galaxy S4 – Credit: @evleaks
A similar story goes for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it will also not bring much new to the table. However, what we can confirm is that the S4 will sport some new aesthetic changes that are missing on the new iPhone 5S, which unfortunately, looks more or less the same as the outgoing model.
And yet again, there will be complaints from people claiming that the plastic battery cover and the slim body design all will contribute to a phone that will be very flimsy to use. But the fact is that this design philosophy will ensure that the battery and the innards are protected in the best way possible.
Leaked Photos /specs of the Galaxy S4 – Credit: @evleaks
Another thing that the leaked pictures are giving out is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have a decidedly less curvy facade and this means that it will be able to use more of its space than the previous model. This is especially true since the 5 inch screen will need every inch of space possible from the phone.
iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 –The Screen
As usual, the screen trajectory continues with the new Samsung Galaxy S4. This means that the pixel resolution on the new model will be significantly larger and there is a larger screen to boot too.
Leaked Pictures of the iPhone 5S: Credit – iPhone5parts.net
As usual, the 4.99 inch screen will be powered by the AMOLED technology that has seen doing its service on all of the Galaxy models since they came out. The reports are also hinting at the fact that the new Samsung will potentially have a display that is flexible which means that the phone will be more tough. However, what you will notice immediately is the bigger screen size and the higher number of pixels.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not the first phone with a full 1080p screen that we have come across. There is the Huawei Ascend P2, Sony Xperia Z and ZTE Grand S at the CES 2013 and all of these have the above mentioned support.
There have been no changes to the size of the screen or the resolution for that matter on the iPhone 5S, but this does not mean that it will not bring anything new to the table. In fact, Apple is all set to introduce the IGZO panel technology from Sharp on the iPhone 5S and that will be the first time that Apple has done this.
The IGZO panel used by Apple will be from the brainworks of Sharp and will help the company achieve better performance at reduced power consumption. The IGZO tech uses a unique screen refresh technique that only refreshes the screen when anything is moving inside it, and the screen does not refresh for static images, thus saving on power. The screen will refresh at a default rate of 60Hz.
This feature will in fact be a huge step forward in ensuring that the battery life of smartphones will improve. Sharp claims that using the IGZO tech the smartphone will be able to last 2 days without needing a recharge. This is good.
iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – The CPU
As far as technology goes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be setting the table ablaze. You can expect the same old revolutionary tech seen in the predecessor.
Exynos 5 Octa SoC will be taking care of the processing duties on the S4 and this one has 8 cores, as against the 4 cores that the competition from Sony Xperia Z. The catch here is that out of the 8 cores, 4 have their engines running at peak rpm and the remaining cores are designed to work for the more home purpose and silent applications.
The extreme four cores comprise of the Cortex-A15s running at 1.8GHz, while the silent cores are Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. This simply means that the S4 guns for efficiency.
For those addicted to the power of their smartphones hitting the roof, and think they will be disappointed with the half hearted fury of the S4’s CPU, the GPU has a surprise for them, and the Mali-T658 will be the GPU. ARM states that this’ll offer 10x the power of the current-gen Mali-400 chipset.
The question now that comes to mind is whether there is similar firepower coming from the Apple stables as well, and since the A6 based CPU will share the A6X model of the iPad 4, we have to remain tight lipped on the whole affair. The analysis all points out to the fact that the current A6 generation will run until 2014.
All this means that the iPhone will potentially have a 2 core CPU and a 4 core GPU. Of course, these numbers don’t amount to much when compared to the double 8 figures of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s CPU/GPU combo. But Apple is all set to introduce a slew of top end games for the iPhone. The competition is not out yet.