Battle Of Flagships
The Samsung Galaxy S8's release date is fast impending, as the hotly-anticipated Samsung leading smartphone prepares to go head-to-head with the Apple iPhone 8. Though, the fight could be slightly one-sided, according to one expert.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 8 will have a go one-on-one this year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (alongside a reformed Gear VR headset to support the new devices) will be officially announced at a media event on March 29th.
The anxiously anticipated smartphone will at that time land on US, Canada and UK shelves the following weeks, according to well-known tipster Evan Blass.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be the initial new flagship Samsung device in over a year, following the unique recall and suspension of the Galaxy Note 7 last summer.
But despite the delay, Samsung is expected to see a decline in demand for its Galaxy S8, one prominent technical forecaster has claimed.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, has issued an investor note that claims Samsung sales will suffer a lot because of the Apple iPhone 8.
Mr Kuo pronounces the Samsung Galaxy S8 lacks adequately attractive selling points, and therefore the 10th anniversary iPhone could prove to be a bigger attraction for consumers
The investor note further adds that due to the improved competition from Apple and the iPhone 8 scheduled for far ahead this year, Mr Kuo recommends concentrating on the sales and supply chain momentum of the forthcoming iPhone model.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a negligible impact on the supply chain, he settles.
If the newest leaks around the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are to be believed, then the competing devices will share several similarities.
Both flagship smartphones are likely to abandon physical buttons from the front of the device to let the glass display to encompass to the very edges of the smartphone.
Shared design traits are not likely to have any influence on the success of the iPhone 8, Mr Kuo told stakeholders in his research note, but will more possibly damagingly impact sales of the Galaxy S8.
No home button? This image conceptualizes an iPhone 8
Apple is expected to abandon the iconic Home Button, substituting the bottom of the phone with a separate touchscreen zone, dubbed Function Area.
This separate touchscreen area will adjust to whatever is happening on the core body of the display above, bringing menu items and shortcuts to your fingertips, like the Touch Bar shipped with the state-of-the-art MacBook Pro models.
Apple is thought to be testing a number of models for the new iPhone, so it might be too early to totally write-off the long-rumored, dual-curved design.
The latest gossips follow an analyst’s report that claimed that Apple is planning to quit the iPhone 8 brand name.
Instead, the new leading phone will be advertised as iPhone Edition, according to a new report from dependable Japanese blog Mac Otakara.
The iPhone Edition brand would apparently be used to signal that the smartphone is a higher-end model, comparable to the top-of-the-range Apple Watch, which also brings the Edition moniker. Earlier rumors suggest iPhone Edition could jump at an eye-watering $1,000, roughly £820.
The newest report from Mac Otakara also claims Apple is still trying out many different samples for the new flagship iPhone.
Apple is supposedly experimenting with a number of diverse display technologies and materials.
Prototypes being tried in Cupertino comprise some iPhone Edition models with an LCD display, while others use an AMOLED panel.
Other prototypes are being approved around the Apple campus with and without physical Home Buttons, the report enhances.
Apple is also held to be experimenting with glass, aluminium and white ceramic chassis for the maneuver.
In fact, the only specifications Apple is reportedly sure of are the new five-inch display size, wireless charging and dual camera set-up.
That display size refers to the main touchscreen area, which will be about 5.15 inches, per the latest whispers from Cupertino.
In the meantime, the rest of the touchscreen – which will apparently bleed to the very edges of the phone – will be held in reserve for a row of virtual on-screen buttons.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the general footprint of the smartphone will be parallel to that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, which all comprise of a 4.7-inch LED display.
Apple purportedly decided to introduce an edge-to-edge display in a struggle to keep the physical dimensions of the device down, while at the same time extending the size of the display.
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is purportedly designing the phone so that it bears a resemblance to "a single sheet of glass".
According to a new enquiry note from UBS, Apple has put together a team of an additional 1,000 engineers occupied in working on Augmented Reality (AR) technology ready for the iPhone.
Augmented Reality perceives artificial elements – such as video footage, CGI animation or GPS data – located on-top of real-world elements.
Pokémon Go is undoubtedly the best known example, which allows players use the camera to quest for CGI monsters inside the world around them.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is very attracted to AR and has been vocal at length about the potential for the technology.
He told in an interview earlier this year that he considers AR as a big idea just like the smartphone.
He further said that the smartphone is for everybody, we don’t have to contemplate the iPhone is about a certain demographic or state or vertical market: It’s for everyone. AR, on the other hand is huge.
According to Business Insider, Apple at the present day might have over 1,000 engineers at work on a project in Israel that could be associated to AR.
The same UBS research note proclaims that Apple will embrace Augmented Reality technology inside its best-selling smartphone as primary as the iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition.
If Apple retains to the same schedule as preceding years, the innovative iPhone will be launched in September.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities thinks that Apple will integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, generally positioned in physical Home Button, underneath the glass display in the next iPhone.
According to Kuo, the existing system Apple practices for its fingerprint recognition functionality will not permit for its innovative all-glass design.
As an alternative, Mr Kuo claims, the original fingerprint sensor will need optical sensors to read the print resting on the display.
The complex new display set-up, which seemingly will still need to integrate the pressure-sensitivity debuted with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, will involve several new, custom results from the panel manufacturers.
However, the KGI Securities research report states that Apple has sufficient clout within the industry to get the system assembled ready for the new iPhone.
Along with the new fingerprint recognition technology, the iPhone Edition could correspondingly see Apple familiarize facial tracking sensors into its leading smartphone, Mr Kuo has claimed.
These can be used to scan users' faces to help validate identification.
Mr Kuo is certain that the fingerprint recognition system will eventually be substituted by a facial recognition system in a determination to make the iPhone even more protected.
However, if the technical encounters cannot be overcome, we can perceive a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is one more probable solution.
In a different place, Apple is apparently looking to reserve itself from the rounded aluminium design language it has used for the previous three generations of iPhone, initially introduced with iPhone 6.
With the Home Button absent, Apple can prolong the display to the bottom of the phone – dropping the chunky bezels around the screen, and decreasing the total footprint of the device.
Apple is anticipated to debut its innovative industrial design language later next year with a revival of its iPad range.
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iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Major Specs
Rumored iPhone 8 Specs
- Display Features: 4.7, 5.5 and 5.8in 1920 x 1310 Curved OLED
- Storage Specs: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
- CPU and RAM Specs: A11 processor, 3-4GB RAM
- Front Camera View: 8MP
- Rear Camera: 12MP dual-lens, dual-OIS, 4K video recording
- Some Extra Features: Iris scanner, wireless charging
Rumored Galaxy S8 Specs
- Display Features: 5.1 and 5.5in 2160 x 3840 Curved 4K Super AMOLED Display
- Storage Capacity: 64GB internal, 256GB expandable
- CPU and RAM Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or Samsung Exynos 9810 Processor, 4-6GB RAM
- Front Camera View: 12MP with wide angle lens
- Rear Camera View: 16MP, 4K video recording, optical image stabilization.
- Some Extra Features: Iris scanner
As much as specs go you can assume the iPhone 8 to get a new A11 processor and M11 motion-coprocessor. But till those really ship, there’s no way to tell how they associate against the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or Samsung Exynos 9810 processor anticipated to be found in the Galaxy S8.
Apple’s silicon is always remarkable. The previous two generations of Apple’s A-Series chipsets have been extraordinary pieces of technology, improving performance, power consumption and graphical prowess intensely each and every single year.
With the arrival of higher resolution displays, extra display real-estate and the very real likelihood of a Pro model iPhone, this year’s A11 CPU could well be the most compelling we’ve seen released in a good long while.
TSMC is seemingly making Apple’s 10-nanometer chipset with manufacturing reportedly initiating as early as Q2 2017.
The evolution to 10 nanometers should allow Apple to pack a lot more features and functionalities into a specified area than it could with the 16-nanometer technology that the A10 Fusion chip is assembled on.
TSMC formerly said that its 10-nanometer technology will perceive a ’20% speed gain and 40% power reduction’ comparative to its 16-nanometer technology.
Essentially, if you're approaching to the iPhone 8 from the iPhone 6, which a lot of folks will be, you will absolutely notice the massive difference.
As for RAM, you can guess the Galaxy S8 to blow the iPhone 8 out of the water. Entry level iPhone 8’s may have 3GB or RAM with the Plus maxing out at 4GB. Nevertheless, the S8 could start at 4GB and sail through at 6GB of RAM!
As for storage possibilities, the iPhone 8 will probably max out at 256GB. It’s the extent of internal storage that truly beats the S8 here. Even though the S8 could, in fact, end up with additional storage. Even if it only proposes 64GB internal, it would be very successful to over 300GB if it supports 256GB SD cards.
Reports recommend the rumored dual-edge curved OLED display iPhone model could surpass $1000 due to its design and features. Rumors also suggest the Galaxy S8 may well sell for $849, whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus might sell for between $900 and $950. The Galaxy Note 8 could likewise be in the $900 and $950 range, as it could favor the Galaxy S8 Plus in numerous aspects. However, its price and release date particulars remain unknown. We can hope to see both the iPhone 8 and the Samsung S8 pretty soon in the market but as far as the exact release date is concerned, only time will tell.