Many people are waiting for next generation iPhone. But industry watchers doubt if Apple iPhone 5 will be able to beat Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S III is hogging the limelight since its launch in UK. Now almost all parts of the world including United States have seen its launch. Reception in the market so far has been more than enthusiastic. The Korean tech giant has claimed that it expects to ship around ten million handsets before the end of the current month.
To be true, right now there is no true competitor against Samsung Galaxy S III. But within a few months it is going to face the toughest competition when Apple launches its next generation smartphone being called iPhone 5. Latest reports suggest that Apple is set to unveil its best smartphone as early as August 7. Though exact release date is still to be announced, there is no reason not to believe Wired report.
There is a whole lot of difference between Apple and Samsung. Both are fighting a multipronged war that is becoming more and more intense with every passing day. Apple depends more on a single smartphone while Samsung has multiple smartphones in its kitty. Though right now Galaxy S3 is selling like the hottest cake in the market, there are several great Samsung phones both high, medium and low end smartphones that too chip in to Samsung coffers. Galaxy Note phablet is another hot selling Samsung phone that has its fans in almost all parts of the world. With 5.3 inch screen and great specs, this phablet attracts whoever gets it in his or her name.
At the moment, as far as smartphone market is concerned, this Apple-Samsung war seems to be going Samsung way. Smartphones are the real deal in this battle – overall shipments are up, close to 43 percent year-over-year. Apple and Samsung together accounted for all the growth in smartphones, overtaking all other vendors – HTC, Research in Motion, and finally Nokia.
To be true, the Korean behemoth Samsung currently sells more than 13 smartphones – screen size ranging from 2.8 inches to 5.3 inches. Apple, on the other hand, sells a very limited number of smartphones, with screen size of 3.5-inch on its iPhones. But things are going to get much better in the case of next gen iPhone.
Rumors have been appearing about the specs of iPhone 5, ever since the launch of the current version iPhone 4S. There are a number of rumors regarding the design of the new iPhone, but all of them revolve around the same point: the iPhone 5 will sport a new design, probably something different enough to differentiate it from the two previous versions of the iPhone (4 and 4S). Many reports appearing in Apple Insider, MacRumors and even in Wall Street Journal have suggested that iPhone 5 will be bigger and thinner – probably around 8mm thick – while some say it will be as thick as the 4S, but will sport a larger battery. But so far things are not really very clear.
Samsung seems to be a winner right now. Many reviewers even with known Apple leanings have advised smartphone enthusiasts not to wait for iPhone 5, if they have to go out and buy a smartphone. When compared to the latest Android smartphones from Samsung, the Apple iPhone 4S looks like its predecessors and lacks LTE. Though the iPhone 4S is still going strong, the recently launched Galaxy S III could put Apple in a tight spot. Currently, the HTC One X is the only competitor of the flagship model from Samsung. Going by the market trends, HTC won’t be able to keep pace with Samsung. HTC had a tough quarter in the United States.
In the meantime, size of the smartphone has become an important criteria in choosing an smartphone. Apple has rather focussed on the quality of the displays, aiming at developing iconic products that have universal appeal. But the market seems to have moved rather fast than Apple had expected. Samsung’s speed has quadrupled with the sluggishness of thinkers at Apple. But this time around, Apple will be forced to come with bigger display, otherwise Apple will become another Research in Motion. In the midst of success in the smartphone market, RIM failed to realise that things have changed, when Apple launched the iPhone. Within a few years’ time it is certainly out of the smartphone market.