The folks down at Samsung HQ in Seoul are shaking up headlines once again with rumours of their next edition of their acclaimed cell phone line. Expected is the Galaxy S5, and if any of the speculations turn out to be true, it could shake up the long-time Apple vs Samsung battle quite a bit.
In the last 5 years, we have seen incredible amounts of progress in the smartphone industry. Whether is was another edition of the iPhone, HTC, or Samsung phone, there were tons of eye openers. With phones like the EVO 3D, the iPhone 4, Galaxy S3, and many more, this period in which smartphones were being released by every major company almost resembled presidential primaries. Recently, however, the competition of who is the leader of the cell phone world has boiled down to two major candidates, and unsurprisingly, the candidates are none other than Samsung and Apple, facing off in the general election, if you would like to keep going with the metaphor.
These two rival companies have been battling the others, but more so each other. After a long legal dispute between the two tech heads over tablet and tablet designs, Samsung was forced to pay Apple $1.05B as a settlement cost. Things were so intense that it was actually believed that Samsung paid Apple this money in nickels, as a way to be petty and really exemplify the hatred had against the South-California based company. Since then, we have seen plenty of attack ads against Apple, and it is apparent that the two companies are out to top one another.
Given the history of the competition between the two, it should come as no surprise that following the release of the Apple iPhone 5S, which features a fingerprint scanner as a verification and locking mechanism, the Samsung Galaxy S5 may feature an even more impressive iris scanner. Practically any of this was even imaginable just years ago, we think it is safe to say that competition is an absolutely gorgeous thing. The iPhone 5S, which retailed at $199, $299, and $399 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions respectively, came alongside a colourful iPhone 5C, which began at $99. Apple sold an incredible nine million units in just the opening weekend, in 2013 breaking their own tech sales record for cell phones. It took Samsung’s Galaxy S4 nearly a month to reach the same mark. Part of this is inevitably a factor of Apple releasing not one, but two new devices, but to still sell that many iPhones in merely 3 days is absolutely remarkable.
The summer belonged to Apple entirely as the entire tech world was taken hold of following Apple’s WorldWide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June of 2013. It was then that Apple announced it’s new operating system, along with a preview of their upcoming desktop operating system as well. If that was not enough, after the release of iOS 7, developers leaked images of there being a BioKit framework, hinting at a possible fingerprint scanner. From there, rumours spread and fanboys practically foamed at the mouth. The rest, as they say, is history. But, what about Samsung?
After an impressive S4 release (which, by the way was released just 8 months ago) in April, the shock and awe Samsung’s release cause has really died down. Releasing in April, Samsung’s fire was completely extinguished by the fire Apple used to set the technology world ablaze. Since then Samsung has been working on a phone with incredible specs, including a 16 megapixel camera, a whopping 4 GB of RAM, and a breathtaking 2,560 x 1440 display. That’s a better picture than the computers we have in the office, ironically, the newest Macbook Pro, (minus the Retina Display).
If Samsung is able to pull off any of this in a cell phone, we think it is safe to say that they will have taken the lead back from Apple. Plus, there is absolutely no telling what the operating system could feature. Given the special features the previous operating system had to offer, and the amount of work that is going into this newer edition, it could be absolutely marvelous for consumers. Plus, this could also be wonderful for the inevitable tablet shake up. It may be difficult to top the iPad Air, but considering the firepower Samsung is coming with, it may be possible.
In short, Apple better keep their eyes open for what is to come. Never have we seen such spectacular specs, even in rumors. Plus, with the sources leaking this information, these may not just be rumors. The proposed design, specs, and limited number of speculated features are already blowing us away, and there is no telling what could happen by the time of release. It could be very soon that we see who the true ruler of the cell phone world is. Very soon.
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