Meet the iPhone 5's competition
Two new phones expected this year will have all the bells and whistles a user could want. Can Apple meet the challenge?
But don't expect competitors to give any ground in the smartphone race. Two upcoming phones using the Android platform from Google (GOOG) are upping the stakes considerably, and will add more pressure to Apple to deliver.
Enter the highly anticipated Galaxy S III from Samsung, the top smartphone maker in the world. Samsung has sold 20 million units of the Galaxy S II and 22 million units of the Galaxy S, so we know the S III will sell nicely. But Samsung is going for the "wow" factor, if recent reports about the smartphone hold true, with these features: a quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch "full HD" resolution, a 4G LTE support and a 2-megapixel front-facing camer and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
Those specs, reported Monday by BGR, have not been confirmed by Samsung. But they do fall right in line with earlier leaks of what the phone will look like. We still don't have a launch date or carrier, but I suspect the launch will be timed to steal some of the iPhone 5's thunder.
Another phone getting attention this week is the HTC One X, which has a 4.7-inch screen and a quad-core processor and should be out exclusively for AT&T (T) customers in the next two months. Gizmodo called the phone "the most exciting Android phone to date." HTC's new "One" line will be its flagship line of phones, similar to the role the Galaxy phones play for Samsung.
Apple will undoubtedly rise to the competition, although the company is keeping its lips sealed about the new iPhone 5. Many expect the new phone to have a quad-core processor and LTE support along with a larger display (the current iPhone only has a 3.5-inch display).
Apple sold 93 million iPhones last year, and Samsung sold 95 million, research firm IHS Suppli notes, according to Reuters.
Samsung isn't the only phone maker to use Android, of course. The company says that an average of 850,000 Android devices are activated every day. That's an incredible number. Android had about 49% of the global smartphone market last year, compared to 19.1% for Apple phones, according to Canalys.
Apple seems content to hand Android the low end of the smartphone market. The high end is where we'll see the big competition this year.
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