iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6

The competition is on. Samsung will be announcing Galaxy S5 later this month during the Mobile World Congress from Feb. 24-27. Meanwhile, Apple is expected to announce iPhone 6 at around June or September. Both promise groundbreaking improvements; however, a new report looking at Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 6 concludes that S5 is in fact a better choice.

The rivalry between the two flagship phones is only just beginning to heat up. It was only in 2012 when Samsung released Galaxy S3. The smartphone was designed to compete with the best of the opposition, including, at that time, the iPhone 4S. Selling tens of millions of phones globally, Samsung skyrocketed themselves onto the same podium as the iPhone leading to this year’s tech rivalry.

KDB Daewoo Securities, the largest stockbroker firm in Korea, released a forecast on Monday. The group’s focus was on the two devices; and, in their analyses, they found that the advantage is clearly on Samsung’s side.

The most talk concerning Apple’s iPhone 6 was how the device will have a bigger display – a phablet iPhone. Nevertheless, Galaxy S5 will still reportedly have better display properties and resolution. KDB Daewoo says iPhone will come in 2 sizes; the smaller one will have a screen that will be 4.8 inches with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, while  the larger device will have a display of 5.5 inches of 1280 x 2272 resolution. S5 is expected to trump both iPhone’s resolution with a pixel density of 1,440 x 2,560 and a size of 5.2 to 5.25 inches.

The biggest rumored difference in Phone 6 vs. Galaxy S5 are their screens. Galaxy S5 will have a display in AMOLED, while iPhone 6 may come with IGZO. For the non-techies, AMOLED offers a thinner screen and does not have a backlight, thus it is able to produce such rich black that screen pixels can shut off, saving battery life and electricity. The downside of AMOLED is that it does not provide the same realistic colors that IGZO does. IGZO, meanwhile, is an advanced LCD and a step up from iPhone’s previous LTPS LCD screen. LCD may be considered better than any screen in terms of its colors; however, it has a low contrast ratio – brighter brights and darker darks.

iPhone is expected to switch to IGZO primarily to make up for  problems with LTPS’s requirement of large wiring, which meant a higher consumption of battery life and power in order to achieve brightness.  Not much is known about which one between IGZO and AMOLED consumes more energy; however, in terms of resolution, Galaxy S5 is reported to one up the iPhone 6.

Sizes and capacity for iPhone 6 is rumored to be 2 GB of RAM and inside an A8  processor that is 64-bit. The rear camera will be 8 MP, while the front camera will be 3.2 MP. Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to have 3 GB of RAM and double iPhone’s rear camera MP at 16, along with a 3.2 front camera MP also. Galaxy S5 phones will come with an option of three storage spaces in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. Rumors are there will be no 16 GB as it caused problems last year with some software that ate up too much storage space. iPhone 6, however, will maintain the smaller 16 GB, along with the traditional 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB also.

All the information is speculative, but the one thing for sure is that the iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 rivalry will be a hot topic as the year progresses, starting in less than two weeks when Samsung makes their announcement. There is no confirmation of when Apple will announce iPhone 6; however, expect it to be later this year to keep up with their competition.

By Kollin Lore
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