There is now not long to wait until the release of the Apple iPhone 5. Although we will not know the exact specifications of this device until it is unveiled, it faces tougher competition at the time of its release than any previous iPhone model has. Samsung has recently released its flagship smartphone for 2012, the Galaxy S3. In this article I will take a closer look at some of the features of the Galaxy S3 that the iPhone 5 will have to contend with if it is to claw back its share of the market which has recently been overtaken by Android powered smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 8.6 millimetres in thickness, making it the slimmest smartphone on the market. At the time of its release, the iPhone 4S held this title with its measurements of 9.3 millimetres. These days, consumers are demanding ever thinner smartphones whilst still retaining comprehensive spec lists, so the iPhone 5 will have to compete with this thickness, and will probably also include an updated design to that of the iPhone 4S.
The screen on the iPhone 5 is likely to be larger than the 3.5 inches that all previous iPhone screens have been. Although this contributes to the renowned display quality of these devices, handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S3 boast a high definition display of a screen measuring a substantially larger 4.8 inches. Unless Apple includes a larger screen, it stands no chance of competing with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 along with other notable handsets like the HTC one X and the Huawei Ascend D Quad.
The processor is a feature that many people often overlook when choosing a new smartphone, but it is one that is vital to the performance of several aspects of the smartphones spec list and makes some significant contributions to the user experience. The iPhone 4S has a 1 GHz dual-core processor, which at the time of the handset's release was very impressive, however the Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor making it one of the most powerful smartphones in the world. Though both phones offer excellent performance, having a quad-core processor gives the manufacturer serious bragging rights, and is sure to be something that Apple will not want to miss out on. The California based manufacturer already has a quad-core processor in its latest iPhone model, so there is no reason not to expect this from the iPhone 5.
Whatever the final spec list of the iPhone 5 looks like, it will no doubt be the most impressive iPhone to date. This is important as Apple will want to get back some of the market that it has lost to Android smartphones.