Apple, at the moment, is concerned about the popularity Samsung is gaining in the time leading up to the release of the iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S2, considered one of the leading entries in the smartphone market, has not been released in the U.S. and still sold 3 million units in 55 days.

The Verizon network Galaxy S2 is expected to arrive in the U.S. this July. AT&T is also expected to take hold of the smartphone’s “Attain” version. Rumors are still in the air if any version of the phone will be out for T-Mobile. As if the ongoing threat from Galaxy S2 was not enough for Apple, the iPhone makers are now facing a more dangerous situation with the rumors of Samsung’s upcoming smartphone Hercules.

The aforementioned device is rumored to be available for nearly $350, which could provide a price advantage in the already overcrowded smartphone market.


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If rumors are to be believed regarding the Samsung Hercules, the smartphone is set to flash a 4.5-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus display, which is similar to Motorola’s Droid Bionic and Samsung’s other smartphone Infuse 4G. The Motorola-made smartphone, however, sports a better resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. iPhone 5, in comparison, will have a 3.7-inch curved glass screen.

The processor is a major area in which smartphone companies will look to capitalize. Apple will look to feature the enhanced dual-core A5 processor, which currently powers the iPad 2, and have a 1GB RAM owing to the fact that the iPhone 4 already has a 512MB RAM. New rumors also speculate that the Apple-made smartphone is expected to be available around September for $600, and more revelations of an enhanced processor are yet to arrive. The smartphone will be powered by the new iOS 5.

The Samsung Galaxy S2, which is yet to arrive in the U.S., runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset. The popular smartphone has an 8MP autofocus, LED flash camera, and a Super AMOLED Plus capacitive 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Hercules is also expected to run on Gingerbread and will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, which is more than enough to make it the fastest smartphone available in the market.


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The smartphones may go head-to-head when the cameras specifications are considered. The Apple, as was expected with iPhone 4, is rumored to be built with an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash which will support 1080p full HD videos. The Hercules is also expected to have an 8-megapixel 3264×2448 pixels camera and will be able to shoot 1080p 1920×1080 pixels full HD video, but with a single LED flash compatibility which Apple may look to cash in on. The current Galaxy S2 can shoot videos at 1080p at 30fps (frames per second).

The NFC support can also become a big issue in the coming months as Hercules is expected to arrive with it. If true, this will make the phone similar in comparison to Google’s Nexus S series phones, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Nokia N9. The iPhone 5 was also rumored recently to arrive with the NFC support. Other rumored features of the iPhone 5 include a physical keyboard, glasses-free 3D display, better battery life, and an HDMI port which can come as a threat to Samsung.

Apple’s iPhone is expected to be released around September, while Samsung’s Hercules is rumored to make its first appearance in August.