Apple is just about to release the iPhone 5s, its latest flagship smartphone. Sporting a ramped-up camera, a fingerprint sensor, and a dual-core 64-bit processor (making it almost twice as fast as the previous generation), the new iPhone looks like another stellar addition to the Apple lineup. However, how does it compare against its main Android rivals such as the HTC One and Galaxy S4?
Newest Specs of the 5s
The new iPhone features a 4-inch screen with in-cell IPS LCD at 326 ppi with a 1136×640 resolution. The camera features an 8-megapixel dual LED flash with a 1.2-megapixel front camera, which should improve low-light performance. The new iPhone 5s also features a fingerprint reader called “Touch ID” under the home button, which allows users to unlock their phones just by swiping a finger across the home button. The device runs the new iOS 7 software and an Apple A7 dual-core 64-bit processor. It has LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 LE capabilities, but it does not offer support for 802.11 ac WiFi. Apple has touted that the battery will handle 10 hours talk time, 10 hours of browsing, and 250 hours standby. The RAM has yet to be announced. The price point starts at $199 with a contract and the full price starts at $649 for 16GB of storage. It is available in gold, silver, and space gray.
iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a Snapdragon 600 processor 1.9GHz quad-core processor, compared to the iPhone’s Apple A7 dual-core 64-bit processor. The Galaxy S4 also boasts a 5-inch 1080p 1920×1080 display, much larger than the 5s’s 4-inch display and with far greater pixel density and screen resolution. The Galaxy S4’s camera also outclasses the iPhone’s, as it has 13-Megapixel rear camera and 2-Megapixel front camera. The Galaxy S4 also boasts long battery life. However, the iOS 7 software may surpass the Samsung Galaxy S4’s TouchWiz UI. The Samsung Galaxy S4 starts at the same price point as the iPhone, at $199 with a contract.
iPhone 5s vs. HTC One
The HTC One also has a larger screen, at 4.7 inches, and boasts a quality display with full 1080p HD SLCD3 and a 1920×1080 resolution. The iPhone’s camera surpasses the HTC One’s 4 megapixels, but it does boast a 2-megapixel front camera. The Snapdragon 600 processor also surpasses Apple’s A7 dual-core 64-bit processor. However, the iOS software will far outclass the HTC One’s current Android 4.1.2 software. The HTC One also starts at $199 with a contract.
iPhone 5s vs. Nexus 4
The iPhone display surpasses Google’s Nexus 4 screen display, which boasts a 4.7-inch 1280×768 IPS LCS display at 320 ppi. The iPhone processor also outclasses the Nexus’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. The Nexus 4 runs the latest Android 4.3 software, and it remains to be seen if the iOS 7 will surpass this in efficiency. The Nexus 4 features an 8-megapixel LED 1080p camera and 1.3-megapixel 720 front camera, which iPhone’s new camera also surpasses. The Nexus 4 also starts at $199 with a contract.
The specs of the iPhone 5S don’t appear to far surpass some of the current Andriod flagships. In fact, its rivals seem pretty capable of holding their own in terms of design, camera, and other features. It remains to be seen if users flock to the new Apple flagship or opt out and choose a top-notch Andriod instead.
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