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Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2 vs iPhone 5s – Benchmark Comparison, Take Two

By popular demand and hopefully presumably to the utter despair and hopelessness of Apple fanboys, we’re already back with another spectacular installment of our high-end smartphone benchmarking saga.

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Well, not so much “ours” as rounded up from a number of external sources, but you know how it is. Not everyone is important enough and not everyone is willing to do enough ass-kissing to score review units of the hottest, most technically impressive slabs of silicon out and about.

Also, money doesn’t grow on trees for us all, so buying the devices that are actually up for grabs and performing our own benchmarks is not an alternative either. Oh, well, maybe someday…

For the time being, let’s put those wicked analysis and summarization skills to use once again, as a new batch of benchmark results has popped up online. Sadly, I’ve not managed to find anything fresh on the Apple iPhone 5s front, which is not what I can say about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.

Still unavailable for sale in many markets across the globe, including the US of A, the GNote 3 has been put through an exhaustive series of tests by an old pal, YouTube user Mike of GadgetJM. So let us put the scores into further perspective by pitting them against those of the Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2 (some of which have been updated since our last look) and, where available, Apple’s iPhone 5s:

3DMark Unlimited – Ice Storm

Galaxy Note 3 – 19,000 points

Xperia Z1 – 17,200

LG G2 – 15,400

iPhone 5s – 14,000

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That Apple’s latest crown jewel is no competition for Android giants in this ultra-demanding high-performance GPU test shouldn’t come as a shocker for anyone anymore. What’s a little surprising (emphasis on “little”) is GNote 3’s jaw-dropping edge over the Z1 and G2.

And mind you, Z1’s score is not that of a pre-release unit, but a fully functional, fully optimized and fully commercial product. Meanwhile, it’s still mind-boggling how LG’s stupid controversial software tweaks affect the hardware to the point that it puts off each and every speed addict. Pick yourself up, LG! After all, you’re using the same exact CPU/GPU combo as Samsung and Sony, aren’t you?

Geekbench 3.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – 2,900

Xperia Z1 – 2,800

iPhone 5s – 2,500

LG G2 – 2,200

Note 3 Geekbench

Seeing how aggressively Apple aficionados tech reviewers are flaunting this test around, making it seem like the Holy Grail of benchmarks, you’d think the iPhone 5s can at least fend off some of the competition. You know, the late 2013 competition, not the Galaxy S4 or HTC One many are comparing it against.

But alas (for them, not for us), the 5s doesn’t even play in the same league as the Note 3 or Z1. Sure, it beats the G2 to the punch, but do I really have to spell out for you who’s to blame for that?

Before moving on, a piece of advice for everyone tuning in: never, ever, ever trust one single benchmark, no matter how reliable it may seem and how impressive its “marketing” efforts. That said, the score is now Samsung 2 – Apple 0, even after a fight on Cupertino’s home turf. Chew on that, fanboys!

Quadrant

Galaxy Note 3 – 22,000

LG G2 – 21,700

Xperia Z1 – 20,700

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After getting rid of the iPain in the ass (patent pending), which is systematically being tested only in a very specific handful of benchmarks (I wonder why), it’s time to become serious, stop with the jokes and puns and see which of Android’s beasts comes out on top as far as raw speed is concerned.

Well, I’m sorry, Sony, we believed in you, and also sorry, LG, we hardly knew you, but Samsung’s fantastic 5.7-incher is simply unbeatable. True, the Quadrant test, measuring CPU, I/O and 3D graphics performance, has delivered very close scores between these three super-phones, with the G2 actually undercutting the Z1 for once, but ultimately it’s still the Note 3 that prevails.

Vellamo HTML5

LG G2 – 2,910

Sony Xperia Z1 – 2,890

Note 3 – 2,870

Note 3 Vellamo

Talk about jumping to conclusions early, eh? Just as I was getting ready to declare the Note 3 the absolute heavyweight champion of the smartphone world, something like this happens and changes everything. Well, maybe not everything, but you have to admit the Vellamo HTML5 test makes the war a little more intriguing to watch.

And mind you, this is a benchmark evaluating mobile web browser performance, so it’s probably not easy for Samsung to yield a clash that’s likely to mean the world for many tech-savvy individuals out there. At the same time, it’s not like the Note 3 was crushed here, folding for a measly 40 points, which probably is nothing when translated into real-life speed.

GFX Bench 2.7 T-Rex HD onscreen

iPhone 5s – 37 fps

Galaxy Note 3 – 26

Xperia Z1 – 24

LG G2 – 23

iPhone 5s

Oh noes, the iPhone 5s is back in the mix and, for a change, tops the charts, actually bringing mayhem to its three adversaries. And that’s despite the Note 3, Z1 and LG G2, all tested before in GFX Bench, all boosting their initial scores. Bummer!

On the bright side, we know very well the reason why Apple’s top dog performs so impressively here is its lower-resolution screen. And you can try as much as you want, but you’ll never convince me the human eye detects nothing of the pixel density differences between the screen on the iPhone 5s, and, say, GNote 3’s stupendous Full HD Super AMOLED panel. Never!

I’m just too stubborn to get it through my thick head that 1,136 x 640 pixels, or 326 ppi, is the same thing as 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, or 386 ppi. End of story, bye, bye Apple and, oh, by the way, the Xperia Z1 and LG G2 have nothing on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. The king (i.e, the Galaxy S4) is dead, long live the new S Pen-toting king!  

iPhone 5s vs Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 – Benchmark Comparison, Take One

If it’s not obvious already, you’re on an Android blog. And you’re reading the words of a relentless, unapologetic (wink, wink) Android aficionado. But that doesn’t mean I, as well as everyone here at The Droid Guy, don’t like to keep an open mind and just discard everything that doesn’t run Google’s silky smooth mobile OS.

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So as hard as it might be for you to believe, I’m willing to give Apple’s new iPhone 5s a chance to divert my attention away from such jewels as Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3, LG’s G2 or Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra and Z1.

Sure, their newest best thing is tiny, sports a display that’s crammed and low-res and a rear-facing camera that on paper can’t hold a candle to Z1’s stupendous 20 MP snapper. But maybe Apple’s seemingly gimmicky 64-bit A7 CPU can turn things around for the iPhone 5S and make it such a powerhouse that all the flaws will pale in comparison.

Still, with the new iPhone only available for a few days and the GNote 3 or Xperia Z1 mostly unavailable around the world, we’ll have to give it some extra time until thorough enough reviews and benchmark tests will be performed to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt which of the three is the numero uno smartphone out there in terms of raw speed.

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For now, we’ll have to settle with just bits and pieces, which are very important, mind you, but not 100% conclusive. Here goes the first part of the iPhone 5s vs Note 3 vs Xperia Z1 vs LG G2 ultimate benchmark smackdown.

SunSpider (lower is better)

iPhone 5S: 416 milliseconds

Galaxy Note 3: 650 ms

Xperia Z1: 830

LG G2: 900

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In lack of iPhone 5s scores in popular benchmarking tools such as AnTuTu, Vellamo or Quadrant, we have to start the festivities with SunSpider, a test of browsing muscle. Probably unsurprising, Apple’s big guy puts one in the win column quite comfortably here, due to both its road-opening (we can’t deny them that) 64-bit processor and very particular software optimizations.

While the LG G2 and Xperia Z1 are clearly no competition for the 5s, we have to underline Note 3’s score came by way of a pre-release prototype’s test, meaning the commercial unit will likely get much closer to the iPhone. Then again, it’s unlikely to beat it, so point Apple.

Geekbench 3.0

Xperia Z1: 2,800 points

iPhone 5s: 2,500

LG G2: 2,100

Galaxy S4 Octa: 2,000

Sony Xperia Z1

Well, well, well, guess what, not all browser benchmarks are so kind to the new iPhone. Granted, the 2,500 score is pretty darn impressive, but since Geekbench theoretically relies more than anything on CPU performance, it should be pretty disappointing (for them, certainly not for us) to see Z1’s Snapdragon 800, a 32-bit SoC, kick A7’s ass. And by so much!

Meanwhile, the GNote 3 is yet to be taken through the Geekbench hoops, so I took the liberty to add the octa-core variant of the GS4 in the mix for comparison purposes. And true, this thing has nothing on the 5s. But a 500-point edge for a device released six months after its adversary is certainly not that remarkable, is it?

GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD offscreen and onscreen

iPhone 5s: 24.7 Fps and 37.4

Galaxy S4 LTE-A: 26.4 Fps and 26.5

Xperia Z1: 22.9 Fps and 24.1

LG G2: 21.8 Fps and 23.0

iPhone 5s GFX

The iPhone 5s takes this battle and is now two for three, which we have to admit is a very nice record. But it’s also not a conclusive one, since the Note 3 is once again missing the battle. Meanwhile, the LTE-Advanced flavor of the Galaxy S4 actually puts up a decent fight against the 5s, defeating it in the off-screen chapter of this very thorough GPU benchmark test, but being subsequently put to shame onscreen.

What does that tell us? Intriguingly, that the biggest iPhone 5s selling point in the performance department might not be the CPU after all, but instead the graphics processing unit. Or so it seems.

3DMark Unlimited – Ice Storm

Galaxy S4 LTE-A – 17,000 points

Xperia Z1 – 16,800

LG G2 – 15,400

iPhone 5s – 14,000

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Now this is embarrassing. And I won’t even try to contain or hide my delight. How could I? I mean, the iPhone 5s came dead last in a competition based on a very meticulous and trustworthy test, which essentially measures how the CPU and GPU work together towards an only goal.

And once again, the Note 3 is yet to have its performance tested. Can you imagine how much Samsung’s 5.7-incher will change the ranks both here and in Geekbench and GFX Bench? I can and I tell you, it won’t look pretty for Apple.

But let’s back up for a second and look at the Ice Storm scores one more time. Something there that draws your attention? A shocker, maybe? Well, yeah, the Korean-only LTE-A GS4 comes out on top, defeating Apple’s “big” guy by an incredible margin of 3,000 points. With the risk of repeating myself, that… is… really… embarrassing.

Early conclusions

That’s a wrap, kind gentlemen and lovely ladies, but be sure to look through the source links below for more benchmarks, mostly starring the iPhone 5s. And remember, all the above is just a sample of the much too complex and complicated smackdown between the best smartphones of today.

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Also, it’s too early for verdicts. Granted, the 5s looks mighty strong from a number of standpoints. But at the same time, given all that 64-bit hoopla, the world expected more. Did you? Is anyone really, truly, seriously considering jumping ship from Android to iOS? And if so, are you sure you don’t need a checkup?

Sources: Anandtech, Gizmodo, GFX Bench, Appadvice, PC Mag, YouTube, Tbreak, GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5S – Specs Comparison

The day each and every Android aficionado in the world has dreaded for months, close to a year now actually, is here. Apple has at long last unveiled the iPhone 5 follow-up, or better yet follow-ups, once again driving the mobile tech universe to a frenzy.

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High-end contenders – iPhone 5S, 5C or both?

Powered by the world’s first 64-bit mobile chip, packing a better rear-facing snapper, better front cam, upping the ante in GPU performance and also rocking a revolutionary fingerprint sensor, the iPhone 5S is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Or so they would like you to think.

As for the 5C, that fellow is even more groundbreaking… oh, hell, I can’t go on. I’m sorry, I want to be objective and present to you their side of the story as well as ours, but I just can’t. Sorry, Apple, but the iPhone 5C would not even be mid-range material anymore in the Android décor. And boy, is it pricey.

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I mean, come on, I can find caboodles of Androids going for 400 bucks or even less that feature larger and crisper screens and that pack zippier processors and more RAM than the 5C. Not to mention more elegant outer designs.

So the iPhone 5C doesn’t, or shouldn’t count in the battle for smartphone supremacy. Which leaves Apple with the 5S only, which I will now pit against Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the oldie but goldie of the Android world.

Disclaimer: You’re on an Android-centric website and reading a post from a declared and unapologetic Android fan. While I’d like to think I’m a rational human being first and foremost, I’m fairly certain I’ll be accused of bias, so just so you know, I’m onto you.

Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5S – design and build quality

If there’s one thing even an old Android buff as myself can admire about Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5S, it’s that for once they didn’t try to falsely claim the “next big thing” is in any way different from the old one in terms of design. They couldn’t, you say? Oh, you are so naïve.

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That said, which of these two appeals to your sense of fashion depends on… well, your sense of fashion. On one hand, the 5S is clearly sturdier and more robust than the GS4, rocking a premium aluminum unibody, plus it’s thinner (7.6 vs. 7.9 mm) and lighter (112 vs. 130 grams).

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But seeing as iPhone’s screen is a full inch smaller than S4’s, doesn’t it feel like Apple could have gone lower on the weight? Plus, you know, the thing is still so oddly tall while being much too narrow, which, at least as far as I’m concerned, is not an elegant look.

Winner: It’s a tie

Display smackdown

Call me biased, call me a fanboy or whatever, but there’s no contest here. The Galaxy S4 wins the size battle by a mile, the resolution duel, plus the cherry on top the ppi pixel density brawl. Sure, there may still be people that view portability as a major strong point, but the 4-inch 1,136 x 640 pix res panel on the iPhone 5S is unlikely to prove in any way satisfactory.

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Winner: Galaxy S4

Processing speed and cameras

Here’s where things get tricky. As usual, Apple knows a thing or two about marketing buzz, which it uses in its advantage… again to rave and hail and puff about the “world’s first 64-bit processor” found inside a phone.

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Which is impressive, don’t get me wrong, and likely much zippier than S4’s Snapdragon 600 chip… on paper. In reality though, things could be different, so I for one would like to hold off for benchmarks and reviews before declaring this battle Apple’s. Remember, though Cupertino is yet to announce anything about that, the iPhone 5S is likely to pack just 1 gig of RAM, which might well cripple the A7 chip’s performance.

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As for cameras, at first glance Apple has lost the megapixel war against Samsung, keeping the rear snapper’s sensor at a modest 8 MP and the front one at 1.2 (vs. 13 and 2). But we should know better by now than looking just at these cold and often deceitful numbers. So one more time, let’s wait and see the reviews, hands-on previews and samples.

Verdict: Another tie (for now)

Software and battery life

Don’t want to start a whole thing or allow for the same old debate that’s going on for years to arise once again, so I’ll just say this – both GS4’s pre-loaded Android 4.2 with TouchWiz and the iOS 7 coming out the box with the iPhone 5S have their ups and downs.

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One for instance has more neat little special features (or gimmicks), while the other is far easier to use and master even for novices. Both have access to outstanding app stores, both have their fatal flaws (like Apple’s Maps), but on the whole I’d choose Android any day of the week. Feel free to disagree, I’m even willing to listen to your reasoning, though it won’t make any difference. My mind is already set.

As for battery life, I’m afraid that’s another battle that we should wait before judging. The S4, as we all know, has tremendously optimized software that allows the somewhat mid-sized 2,600 mAh ticker to go on for ages between charges, but Apple also claims their battery can hold its own for a good 10 hours in 3G talk time continuous use. I for one don’t really buy that, but I’ll keep an open mind.

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Winner: S4

Others

Fingerprint sensor vs. microSD support, NFC and user removable battery. Hands down, that’s the easiest duel I’ve had to call all day. It’s point for the GS4, as fingerprint recognition technology is still young, not to mention useless for many.

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Meanwhile, though the iPhone 5S is not yet up for grabs, I know very well how much it’ll cost and… I don’t like it. Or I do, but only because it makes Samsung’s flagship look even better. $300 for the on-contract 32 GB variant? $750 outright? Forget about it.

Verdict of Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5S (both partial and final): Samsung Galaxy S4 wins it

Images via [Gizmag]

Alleged rear plate of cheaper iPhone gets photographed

A couple of photos of what is believed to be the rear part of a plastic shell for the rumored low-cost Apple iPhone was published on the China-based WeiPhone forums. The source supposedly knows some Chinese factory workers who allowed him to take photos of the iPhone shell.

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The shell is colored green, which is consistent with rumors that the more affordable Apple handsets would come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, white, and yellow. It appears to be made of plastic, which would keep the cost down. This is contrary to earlier speculation that the Cupertino company is using a polycarbonate case for the handset.

The photographed case also sports a place for a camera flash, a camera lens, and a microphone. The Apple logo and the word “iPhone” likewise appear on the case.

This is not the first time a leak of the rumored smartphone’s rear plate surfaced. A white plastic shell which has a design similar to the iPhone 3GS has also been photographed earlier.

Rumors suggest that the upcoming handset will come with more basic specifications because of its lower price. It may come with 8GB of storage, 3G connectivity support, an A5 processor, and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. Speculations also point to a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels which means that images will not be as sharp and clear on this screen as they are on the Retina display. In terms of design, the device is said to be a combination of various Apple devices, such as the original iPod, the more recent iPod, and the current iPhone.

The budget Apple handset will supposedly be aimed at emerging markets, and will be a limited release. Tactus, a case manufacturer, claims that the cheaper handset could hit the market in October. Its price, meanwhile, may be somewhere around $329 without a contract.

via gsmarena, techradar

Apple iPhone 5S rumors and speculations

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Rumors are among the things that made Apple iPhone 5 so popular even before it was release a little over 3 months ago. While the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech titan has yet to ship its newest smartphone to more countries, new rumors about Apple iPhone 5S started to sprout and it’s getting bigger and bigger each day.

Some of iPhone 5S rumors and speculations are just too good to be true but some seem realistic. In fact, the device itself is the fruit of speculations that Apple, in its bid to dominate in the mobile market, needs to release yet another iPhone model that would bring incremental upgrades to iPhone 5. Here are the rumors roaming around the web today.

iPhone 5S Release Date

Some “unnamed sources” allegedly leaked to some media people that Apple may start the production of iPhone 5S as early as next month. It is allegedly planning to release it in the first quarter of 2013. The company is said to break its tradition of releasing new devices in the 3rd quarter of each year. This led to speculations that iPhone 5 is not doing good in terms of sales in the current market.

iPhone 5S IGZO Display from Sharp

Apple has reportedly started asking questions about Sharp’s IGZO display technology. According to “industry sources” there is a great possibility it is the technology Apple will use for its next-generation devices because not only does IGZO comes with a thin panel, it is also power-efficient; qualities that the company wanted to put into its devices. This rumor sounds more legit than others knowing Sharp shifted its focus to developing IGZO panels for mobile devices following three quarters of great financial losses.

iPhone 5S Wireless Charging feature

One of the reasons why Apple does not stuff its devices with all the goodies that can be found in other devices is because it leaves a room for upgrades. This is also one factor why many Apple fans and iOS device owners would want to trade their old devices in with new ones. The next generation iPhone will feature wireless charging, according to speculations. This speculation is supported by Apple’s Wireless Power Utilization patent application last month.

iPhone 5S Software

It is Apple’s tradition to bundle its new operating system and features with its new devices. Most likely, if 5S were true, it would come running iOS 7, which is believed to come with additional Passbook option, better Siri integration, and enhancements to its controversial Maps app.

iPhone 5 Mini

The release of iPad Mini paved a way to speculations that Apple may be planning to release iPhone 5 Mini, instead of the 5S, to go after emerging markets. Basically, some people believe the company needs to release a much cheaper device to dominate in the market that widely dominated by budget-friendly Android devices. However, it seems unlikely for Apple to offer its new device at a lower price just to go after Chinese and Indian markets.

The Bottom Line

These rumors are still starting to build up. A few of them might have been based on facts but majority are mere speculations. They should be taken with a pinch of salt until Apple confirms them or releases official statement about the device it plans to build for 2013.

[source: Tech Radar | image: GizMag]

Scarcity of Apple iPhone 5 at Apple Stores

Demand for Apple products increase with each iteration. When Apple launched the successor of iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, it received an overwhelming response. Apple’s opening weekend sales for the 4S last year had grown by an astounding 135% over iPhone 4 which in turn had seen 70% higher sales than the 3GS. The difference between iPhone 4 and 4S was just an incremental hardware update, but iPhone 4 is a major update.

The Apple iPhone 5 comes with a larger 4 inch screen, LTE connectivity, faster processor and new digital dock connector, so certainly the demand for this device will be more than previous models, and that has clearly reflected in the number of units sold. Apple managed to sell over 5 million units of iPhone 5, though analysts had expected the numbers to be close to 8 million units. Analysts were clearly disappointed, though Apple has broken its own record which it had set with iPhone 4S. It should be noted that Apple has also increased the number of launch countries from 7 to 9 this year, so technically the company has sold lesser number of iPhones per country in the opening weekend this year than during the iPhone 4S’ launch. As the demand continues, there is a shortage of these devices at several locations.

US carriers have reportedly not received the second shipment of iPhone 5 which they were expecting, and as a result there’s a huge back order and they anticipate the devices to be delivered in 3 to 4 weeks of time. You may be able to buy an Apple iPhone 5 from an Apple Store in your locality, however, the device will most probably be Sprint branded. The reason for this is because Sprint is apparently the least desirable option when people go to shop for an iPhone. It should be noted that Sprint is the only major U.S. carrier that has an unlimited data plan for Apple iPhone 5 users, but it looks like people rather choose quality over quantity, so network speed is main factor rather than quantity of data transfer allowed, thus making Sprint undesirable. Sprint currently has only 24 cities covered under LTE, which is 10 times faster than normal 3G network. On the other hand, other major carriers including AT&T and Verizon have hundreds of cities covered under LTE network, thus making them more desirable.

It’s true that Verizon and Sprint models of iPhone 5 are basically the same and have identical hardware and are also the same ones which are sold outside U.S., but these devices will not work on each other’s networks. Apple’s online store is still quoting a 3-4 week delivery timeframe for iPhone 5 orders if placed today. Some customers have apparently got a loaner Apple iPhone 4S while they wait for the iPhone 5. What are your thoughts on this? Would you still order an iPhone after all the controversies regarding maps and other important features? Let us know using the comment form below.

A Thinner new iPhone can Increase Battery Life

What do you think is the name of the new iPhone which is due for launch this coming September 12, 2012? No matter what’s the name, a thinner new iPhone can increase battery life for sure. This is because if Apple uses a new thinner display in its next iPhone, the battery could provide an added 40% capacity than the iPhone 4S.

According to Shawn Lee, a research director at DisplaySearch, the next iPhone would boost the screen size from 3.85 inches to 4 inches and a more powerful quad-core processor that will surely require more power than the iPhone 4S. But instead of thickening the battery to boost the power storage to accommodate the consumption, Apple will use the latest so-called “in-cell” technology that will cut the size of the display. In-cell integrates sensors in the liquid-crystal-display (LCD)so that touch-sensitive layer under the glass would not be necessary anymore. By combining the touch layer into the LCD, Apple can then reduce the thickness of the display for about 0.5mm.

Lee added that the thinner display gives Apple more space for a higher-capacity battery that is necessary to provide the power needed by the components while maintaining the current time between charges. “In-cell touch can bring additional benefits [such as] enabling greater battery capacity,” said Lee. “We assume that in-cell touch could result in the display module being 0.5 mm thinner, which, combined with battery density of at least 600 Wh/l [Watt-hours per liter], would result in an increase in battery capacity of at least 40% in the iPhone 5.”

Apple had been planning the use of “in-cell” technology for their next generation iPhone sometime in July that has been revealed by Wall Street Journal. The said display will be provided and manufactured by Display Inc., LG and Sharp.

Do you think Apple will really have this features in the upcoming  event that will reveal the next generation iPhone?

Apple Secretly Offered Samsung Royalty-Bearing License For iPhone, iPad Patents

Apple’s lawyers called to the witness stand one of the executives, Borks Teksler, who revealed that Apple actually offered Samsung royalty-bearing licenses so that it could use iPhone and iPad patents without the fear of getting sued.

“Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device,” the preamble of Teksler’s presentation said.

The terms of the license Jobs and Cook would have wanted to offer to Samsung were:

  • $30 per Android, Symbian and Bada smartphone (Windows phones to be discussed)
  • $40 per touchscreen tablet
  • Various discounts, e.g. 20% in exchange for a license to use Samsung’s patent portfolio

But apparently, the South Korean company didn’t pursue the transaction; instead it released its own line of products which Apple claimed to have infringed several of its patents.

The testimony of Apple’s director of patent licensing strategy, Teksler, once again narrated how the executives of the Cupertino-based tech giant were shocked upon seeing the Samsung’s first touchscreen smartphone in March 2010. He added that both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook requested a meeting with Samsung executives immediately over the similarities of Samsung’s smartphone to Apple’s iPhone.

Both companies are actually very close partners considering the South Korean manufacturer supplies Apple with some electronic components used for the manufacturing of some of its products including iPhones and iPads. Even now that they are embroiled in court over patent infringement cases, their business still continues.

In his testimony, Teksler said to the jury, “We didn’t understand how a trusted partner would build a copycat product like that.” He is referring to the first generation Galaxy S which looks exactly the same as with the iPhone. Teksler is actually making a point that Samsung is a long-time industry partner to Apple yet it decided to pose a competition by copying the latter’s device in almost every aspect.

Several high-ranking executives from Apple have already been called to the witness stand just to prove that its contention is valid. But if there is one thing worth-nothing from Teksler’s testimony, it’s the fact that he pointed out Samsung released its first touchscreen device in 2010. I tried to dig a little about it and I found that the Korean Manufacturer had actually been working on such technology prior to the offer made by Apple, here are three of the Samsung’s touchscreen smartphones which were released before 2010;

Samsung SGHi900 – it was a touchscreen phone the company had been working in 2008. This device hadn’t debuted though because it was discontinued prior to its release.

Samsung i7500 – this is the company’s first Android-based smartphone which was announced in April 2007 and released in June of the same year. Samsung’s adaptation to the fast-rising Android mobile OS paved a way for more touchscreen devices.

Samsung S7550 Blue Earth – released in 2009, this device was among Samsung’s few handsets sporting TFT capacitive touchscreen.

Based on the offering by Apple, Samsung could have paid around $250 million, a very small percentage compared to the $2.5 billion currently being requested by its competitor. As the battle between these two continues, we can expect that more information about their individual businesses be revealed.

Source: All Things D