In what looks like a concerted attack on Apple from every corner, Samsung is going in for the kill by unleashing fury like never before.
This time it is going to be Google backing Samsung in a fight that is getting better with time. An anonymous user on 4Chan got his hands on a smartphone that is known variously as Google Nexus Prime and Samsung Nexus Prime. And more importantly the same forum revealed the details of the next Samsung smartphone known as Samsung Galaxy S3, a truly powerful beast.
As the clock is ticking for iPhone 5 arrival, Samsung doesn’t seem to be in an obliging mood. From the recent rise of Samsung Galaxy S2 to Apple suing Samsung for patent infringement, the war between the two smartphone manufacturers is getting hotter with time. Consumers will be the clear winners in this warfare.
What Galaxy S2 did against iPhone 4 in UK, Samsung would be expecting Galaxy S3 or Nexus Prime to do against iPhone 5 in the U.S.
According to reports, Nexus Prime device is referred as “Samsung Galaxy Nexus”, which looks very similar to the Sprint version of Galaxy S2 but differentiates itself with curved glass similar to Nexus S. The device specification reads 130-140g, 8.8mm thick, 2000 mAh battery, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 1280 x 720 resolution similar to Galaxy Note, dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording. The handset sports Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which combines the features of Gingerbread and looks of Honeycomb. Other features reported by the 4Chan user include previewing widgets from the app drawer, Gmail app similar to one found in Honeycomb, new calendar app and an updated internet browser. The Nexus Prime is expected to go to Verizon.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S3 specifications include quad-core 2.0GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM, 32GB built-in expandable memory, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280 x 1024 resolution with 352-ppi, 10-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, 9mm thick, NFC support and 2,250mAh battery. The software specification includes Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz 5 support for faster updates. Samsung may announce Galaxy S3 at MWC 2012, most probably in mid-2012.
If the above said features are real, then Apple iPhone 5 will have a tough time staying ahead of the competition. In fact 352-ppi is the highest for any smartphone which is better than iPhone 4’s 330 ppi pixel density which is the same as that of the human eye, Apple claims. However, this information needs to be considered as the pixel density was relatively on a small screen thanks to pixels that are just 78 micrometers wide on iPhone 4.
The iPhone 5 rumored specifications include edge-to-edge 3.7-inch or 4-inch display to catch up with market, iOS 5 operating system, speech recognition capabilities, improved flash unit for camera, strong gaiming capabilities with A5 1 GHz dual-core processor and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Series6 mobile graphics processing architecture, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p Full HD videos, panoramic photo capabilities, Qualcomm Chips to support GSM/CDMA technologies for AT&T/Verizon/Sprint, wireless charging, new design similar to Apple iPad 2, white model, voice controls similar to Android, high capacity battery, NFC support and increased RAM memory possibly close to 1 GB along with 4G support.
When comparing Nexus Prime and Galaxy S3 with iPhone 5, iPhone 5 clearly seems to be nowhere close to the rumored features mentioned above. And with Samsung Galaxy S2 devices with 4.5-inch and 4.3-inch display expected to conquer the U.S. market soon, iPhone 5 will have hard time catching up with the monster phones.
In fact, in case the bigger version doesn’t conquer the market, Samsung is offering smaller and mid-sized handsets to counter any move from Apple. If Apple iPhone 5 is expected to come with 4-inch display then there is a rumored Samsung Stratosphere sporting a slider QWERTY similar to Samsung Epic 4G and the phone will come with LTE support. And the recently revealed Samsung Illusion sports 3.2-3.5-inch 480×320 display. And for consumers looking for bigger display there is Samsung Galaxy Note which sports 5.3-inch display. All Samsung phones will come with Super AMOLED display, which is considered to be the best display even compared to Apple’s Retina.
And the claim about 1.5 GHz dual-core processor can be believed, as Samsung Galaxy Note already sports dual-core 1.4GHz processor.
Samsung looks to be in no mood to compromise and is straight heading to nail Apple upfront with varied devices pitted against Apple’s option-less iPhone handsets. With Apple adding just features already found in Android to iOS 5, the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system of the upcoming Samsung smartphones will look way ahead of iOS 5.
Apple’s hopes of staying ahead in the market after suing Samsung may be short-lived as Samsung has filed a countersuit against Apple for violating multiple wireless technology patents. And with Samsung vying for Apple iPhone 5 ban in Korea and some other parts of the world, the Cupertino giant is sure to face a tough time ahead.
The Samsung claim says Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 products infringed seven Australian patents owned by Samsung related to wireless communications standards.
A senior Samsung executive told The Korea Times: For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.
For now Apple drew the first blood with a sales ban in Germany for Galaxy Tab 10.1, removal of Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA trade show and sales delay of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. And if Samsung wins the case, then Apple has to play fair and square game and must bring out devices that can throttle Samsung altogether.
As Apple is producing a high volume of upcoming iPhone 5 along with iPhone 4S, Apple has revealed its fear of Samsung phones as they continue to sue them for patent infringements. Presently Apple and Samsung are fighting patent battles in at least 12 courts, nine countries, and four continents. And Samsung has warned that it is coming for iPhone 5 as the firm plans to file a case against the iPhone 5 as soon as it is released in Korea.
In fact it looks like Apple has diverted all the attention from its present issues and has counter-attacked other manufacturers who support Android, like HTC and Motorola. The question is, why does Apple try to stop the advancement of technologies by suing the manufactueres?