Apple's mega iPhone vs Samsung's Note 3: Phablet-sized battle brewing
The smartphone war between Samsung and Apple is set to intensify in 2014 with Apple trying to hit back at the South Korean company with a larger iPhone.
Reports indicate that Apple could release the 5.7-inch phablet-sized iPhone in an effort to take on the Note 3.
The 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 can be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, 3GB RAM, 16 MP camera, 3200 mAh battery. Do not forget the S Pen.
It is expected that Apple will first release the 5.7-inch iPhone, sometime in May, well ahead of the iPhone 6 launch.
Specs-wise not many details have been revealed about the phablet-sized iPhone except that it could be powered by the faster A7 processor.
While the iPhone 5S has a retina display, it is still not good enough to match the full HD features of the Note 3.
But reports indicate that Apple is working on something that is so powerful that when launched could be one of the best displays in the world.
According to a report by Apple Insider, a recent patent application by Apple makes it clear that Apple is working on an advanced display technology based on quantum dot-enhanced displays.
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However, it is not clear if the new technology will be ready by May or if we will have to do with the retina display.
A larger display will force Apple to boost the battery life of the new iPhone. iPhone users can be seen generally hunting for a battery pack.
Several makers of phone covers for the iPhone have therefore incorporated additional battery pack with based on popular demand.
One such company - Mophie - earlier this week unveiled a new cover called Space Pack that not only incorporates a battery back-up but also improves an iPhone 5 or 5S storage by an additional 32 GB.
Apple slightly improved the powered time of the iPhone 5S with a 1558mAh battery enabling five hours of continuous usage.
Companies like Huawei have announced phones – the Ascend Mate 2 - that can last upto 60 hours.
Meanwhile, WiTricity that specialises in enabling wireless charging has released a new design for the existing iPhone 5 and 5S that will enable the devices to be recharged not just wirelessly, but even without placing it on the wireless charging mat.
Apple recently acquired PrimeSense – the company that helped Microsoft with its first-generation Kinect sensor.
Although it is believed that Apple might have gone ahead with the acquisition keeping in mind the Apple TV, fans would be keen to see some elements of it incorporated into the smartphone.
Apple could well be moving towards upgrading its camera especially with the acquisition of SnappyCam that facilitates an improved burst mode whereby it can click 30 frames in a second.
As far as the design is concerned, Apple might retain the one similar to the iPhone 5S while making the handset slimmer.
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