The smartphone industry is currently shaken by an unprecedented legal battle between rival manufacturers. These two, Samsung and Apple, are both going for the top spot in selling smartphones and are both going all out (the late Steve Jobs even stated a willingness to go “thermonuclear“, and had a well-known penchant for legal destruction of his and Apple’s foes). Unfortunately, in this bitter struggle, innovation seems to come in second behind legal expenses for each of the two electronics giants, and this at the expense of, ultimately, consumers. And this battle shows no sign of letting up, with both parties gearing up for the respective release (and no doubt, for the patent wars that will immediately follow) of the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 6.
The interesting thing to take note of here, though, is that neither of these two phone has been released, let alone revealed, and yet both are the two most hyped handsets of 2013. So even though we can’t tell you anything official, both have become familiar to the public through a massive amount of rumors, which we CAN compare.
First, the CPU: Apple is likely to follow tradition and after the iPhone 5′s A6 chip, should outfit the 6th of the name with an A7 chip, most likely a quad-core processor. In the blue corner, the Galaxy S4 will be equipped with a monster of performance , the octo-core Exynos 5 OCTA, technically a combination of two quad-core chips. This architecture which Samsung calls big.LITTLE, allows switching from one high-power quad-core cluster to the other lower-key one in order to cut down on power consumption.
In the screen category, both manufacturers came up with identical solutions, as both handsets are expected to boast 5-inch Full HD displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution, so we can expect the battle for eye-popping-liest display to be fought over the rendering and image processing software side of things.
Design-wise, it is uncertain what Samsung will do and how close to the Galaxy S3′s design number 4′s will be, as they never showed any reluctance to innovate each generation. Apple, however, will likely play it close to the vest and keep the iPhone 4′s form factor as base design will improving on it like it did with the iPhone 5.
We also hope Apple will learn from the iOS 6 Maps mishap and push its innovation (however big or small) in the right direction this time around. The Galaxy S4 will probably follow the Samsung tradition of shipping their phones with a custom-made version of Android with added functionalities in the TouchWiz interface, like Eye Scroll and Eye Pause.
Who do you expect to come out ahead in the smartphone war? Tell us in the comments!