Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, is facing too much of a competition from Android. It is being speculated that iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in early September.

The latest rumor comes from the China Times, which says that Apple plans to produce 4 million units of the device following a production run of 400,000 test units. That's all to ready the device for a release in the second week of September.

Apple's iPhone 5 is also expected to boast of significant hardware and software upgrades. Upcoming iPhone 5 slated for release in September is expected to have 8-megapixel camera and A5 dual-core processor found in iPad 2 to give a stiff competition for other dual-core smartphones found in the market today. And a few analysts predict that the other features of iPhone 5 will most probably remain the same with minor tweaks, also it will most probably come without 4G and LTE support.

Other expected iPhone 5 features are:

-- A5 processor in the range of 1.2-1.5 GHz
-- Aluminum metal backing of the original iPhone instead of the current glass surface back piece
-- A teardrop design, like the new iPod Touch, with the top being thick and then tapering to a skinnier bottom
-- An improved antenna
-- More RAM, possibly 1GB
-- Better camera (perhaps 8-megapixel) with 1080p video playback and panaromic photo capture capability and an improved dual-LED flash unit
-- Bigger-edge-to-edge 3.7- to 4-inch curved glass screen (iPhone 4 has 3.5-inch screen)
-- A SIM-less design
-- 3-4 internal antennas for both GSM and CDMA networks
-- 4G connectivity
-- iOS 5, which will be true multitask capable and come with loads of new features such as News Stand, Reminders, Delta Updates and iMessage
-- Improved speech recognition features
-- Wireless charging capability
-- Better talk-time and standby time
-- Near Field Communication (NFC) technology
-- Panoramic photo capabilities and 1080p Full HD videos
-- Stronger gaming capabilities supported by multi-core A5 processor and Imagination Technologies' PowerVR Series6 mobile graphics processing architecture.

But does iPhone 5 have enough firepower to challenge the top 10 new 'super' smarphones that run on Google Inc.'s Android?

The top iPhone 5 contenders are: Samsung Galaxy S2, Google Nexus 4G, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Photon 4G, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Blast, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Evo 3D, and HTC Thunderbolt.

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