There are two devices, which are getting much hype even before their release date gets finalized. Yes, we are talking about Apple's next generation iPhone - iPhone 5 - and Google Nexus 4G.
If you are wondering how Google Nexus 4G could effectively compete with iPhone 5, then let's take a look at its speculated features.
Google's next Nexus phone - Google Nexus 4G -- is possibly touted as an iPhone Killer. But if the rumors are true, then the Google Nexus 4G has specifications and features to effectively compete against iPhone 5.
Google Nexus 4G will be loaded with the latest Android software, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and will sport an ultra-thin design, BGR reported.
The phone will have 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback. The phone is also expected to have a near-field communication (NFC) chip.
In addition, Nexus 4G is speculated to include 3D features, Open GL head tracking for facial expressions and sensing. Gamers can relish by exploiting USB capabilities enabling them to plug in external hardware devices such as an Xbox controller.
Meanwhile, the open platform can allow developers to sync up various devices ranging from remotes, controllers, to bikes. This opens a huge door of opportunities for apps running on the next generation Nexus 4G.
Following are the five features that may help iPhone 5 in countering competition against Google Nexus 4G.
Apple should release iPhone 5 a 'worldphone' - both GSM and CDMA compatible. It is conjectured that the phone will have a SIM-less design with 3-4 antennas.
Another rumor suggested that the iPhone 5 will feature a SIM card slot for other countries except US. This will allow users to insert any SIM card in iPhone when traveling abroad.
Google Nexus 4G is expected to feature an advanced 5-megapixel sensor camera that is expected to provide excellent image quality apart from delivering superior low-light performance. The phone will also have 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
Apple has really improved the camera department on its iPhone 4 by fitting a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash.
It would do a world of good if Apple's iPhone 5 sports an 8 megapixel camera. It has been reported that OmniVision has received an order from Apple for the supply of 8 MP camera sensors. DigiTimes has reported that OmniVision will supply about 90 percent of image sensors for the Apple iPhone 5.
Since Google Nexus works with 4G, iPhone 5 should also be compatible with 4G.
Maye Apple is waiting for major carriers to deploy their 4G network fully in all areas. AT&T reportedly has a 4G network up and running in 2011, whereas Sprint has already rolled out its next-gen network. Verizon has also deployed its 4G network.
So, it is the right time for Apple to come up with a 4G-compatible smartphone.
Google Nexus 4G is to be powered by either Texas Instrument's OMAP 4460 chip or an ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm running at 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz.
There is also near unanimity in gadget circles that Apple will bring its A5 chip on to the iPhone 5. The A5 processor is the same chip that Apple rolled out to power its iPad 2.
Apple lists the A5 to be clocked at 1 GHz on the iPad 2's technical specifications page, though it can dynamically adjust its frequency to save battery life.
Apple should boost the speed of its A5 chip in the range of 1.2 or 1.5 GHz as compared to its current 1 GHz chip powering iPad 2.
If the iPhone 5 runs on the same A5 processor found in the iPad 2, floating in the 1 GHz range, then the Nexus 4G will naturally have a competitive advantage with its 1.2 or 1.5 GHz dual core processor.
Last but not the least, Apple should fit a near-field communication (NFC) chip in iPhone 5 as Google Nexus 4G is sure to have NFC chip as part of Google Wallet strategy.
Near field communication, or NFC, allows for simplified transactions, data exchange, and connections with a touch. A smartphone or tablet with an NFC chip could make a credit card payment or serve as keycard or ID card.
NFC devices can read NFC tags on a museum or retail display to get more information or an audio or video presentation. NFC can share a contact, photo, song, application, or video or pair Bluetooth devices.
Google Nexus 4G's display is said to be a 720p high-definition (HD) monster-sized screen, presumably it will be between 4.5 and 5 inches, and it won't have physical Android menu buttons below the screen anymore - everything will be software-based. So, Google will be testing its voice command features in its new smartphone.
Apple should increase its screen size to compete with Android smartphones, probably going for a 4-inch screen. iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen.
However, Apple should not compromise on the weight of the phone or its battery life.
Better Battery Backup
We can expect a great battery life in iPhone 5 as Apple has a record of improving battery life with its every coming product. The iPhone 4 has 40 percent more talk time than the iPhone 3GS.
There are expectations that the upcoming iPhone should improve on its battery metrics to handle its sophisticated features.
iPhone 4 offers talktime of up to 7 hours on 3G; up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM model only) and standby time of up to 300 hours. On internet usage, the device offers up to 6 hours on 3G and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi.
Apple should release iPhone to more carriers in the U.S.
When iPhone 4 was launched at AT&T, it faced several complaints of dropped calls and network outage, especially in New York and San Francisco. However, when Verizon began carrying iPhone, there are not many issues with the network.
If both AT&T and Verizon simultaneously, it's also possible that the migration of some AT&T iPhone customers to Verizon will free some of the AT&T's network.
There were also reports that the next iPhone may also come to Sprint.