A new YouTube video comparing dummy models of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone 6 to the iPhone 5s and other popular handsets, suggests that the Cupertino-based tech giant could be targeting the so-called “phablet” segment, which is currently dominated by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s (KRX:005935) Galaxy Note series.
The video, posted by a YouTube channel called TechSmartt, shows dummy models of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the rumored iPhone 6, pitting them against other devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 and LG G3. While both the purported iPhone 6 models look noticeably larger than the iPhone 5s in the video, the 5.5-inch version also eclipses rival products from Samsung and LG, which are considered to have produced some of the largest handsets available in the market.
In the video, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model looks slightly taller than the Galaxy Note 3, which comes with a 5.7-inch display. The extra height on the iPhone 6 is attributed to the extended bezel area on the top and bottom of the device’s display, which carries the ear speaker, a proximity sensor, the front-facing camera and the Home button with Touch ID fingerprint sensor, according to AppleInsider.
The new video is similar to another size comparison of the iPhone 6 to other devices, which found that the 4.7-inch version of the next-generation iPhone could be of the same height or even taller than some Android handsets that feature screens slightly larger than 4.7 inches.
According to the narrator in the video, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model could be too large to fit comfortably into one hand for some users. And, lacking a Galaxy Note-like stylus, the bigger iPhone 6 may require the use of both hands to type or navigate the user interface, AppleInsider reported.
Apple is rumored to release the iPhone 6 sometime in September or October. And, German wireless-network provider Deutsche Telekom has even reportedly instructed its call center representatives to tempt customers to stay with the carrier for the Sept. 19 launch of the highly-anticipated iPhone 6.
Meanwhile, Tavis McCourt, an analyst at Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE:RJF), said in a research note earlier this week that Apple might charge $100 more for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, compared to the price of the current version of the device.