In April, Samsung released its Galaxy S5, its flagship that will contend against the likes of the iPhone 5s, HTC One M8, and more. Later on this year, the Galaxy S5 will likely have to battle another big name smartphone, the rumored iPhone 6, and thanks to new photos we may have our first glimpse of how that match up might look.
Back in late February, Samsung took the stage in Barcelona, Spain and confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S5, its new flagship that replaces the Galaxy S4 and joins the Galaxy Note 3 on shelves in the company’s fight against rivals like Apple, HTC and LG. One of the Galaxy S5’s biggest rivals is the iPhone 5s, Apple’s current flagship and a device that has been on shelves since September. Later in the year though, the Galaxy S5 will likely have a another iPhone to contend with.
Rumors suggest that the Apple is planning a new iPhone for 2014. While the name is unknown, the device is currently being called iPhone 6 due to Apple’s naming patterns. iPhone 6 rumors have been leaking at an increasing rate and many consumers have begun weighing those rumors against some of the top devices on the market, including the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Those looking to physically compare the iPhone 6 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 likely have months to go given that iPhone 6 rumors almost exclusively point to an arrival this fall. However, this might just be the next best thing.
Italian site Macitynet is in possession of photos that appear to show the iPhone 6 model that has been floating around in recent weeks next to a Samsung Galaxy S5. While the iPhone 6 mockup isn’t confirmed to be the real deal, this is our first glimpse at what the next iPhone could look like next to one of the most popular Android smartphones on the market.
What we see here is a supposed iPhone 6 mockup next to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The iPhone 6 seen here is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S5 and for good reason. iPhone 6 rumors point to a device that sports a 4.7-inch display. The Samsung Galaxy S5 utilizes a larger display that sits at 5.1-inches in size.
When shown side-by-side, the iPhone 6 mockup is clearly thinner than the Galaxy S5, something that iPhone 6 rumors have suggested will be the case.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is 8.1-inches thick. iPhone 6 rumors suggest the device will be up to 26% thinner than the iPhone 5s. This means a device that is 6mm to 7 mm thick, compared to the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. A Ukrainian leak points to a 6mm thick design while analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes a 6.5mm to 7mm design is more likely.
Rumors also suggest that the iPhone 6 design could be modeled, at least in part, after the design found on Apple’s iPod touch. Apple’s current iPod is slimmer than the iPhone 5s and utilizes a frame that is a mere 6.1mm thin. This mockup also comes with some of the other smaller design changes that we’ve seen pop up in recent leaks.
These mockups jive with recent iPhone 6 rumors but there is always a possibility that they are not based on the actual iPhone 6 design. In 2012 a leak and sources pointed to a iPhone with a teardrop design and one case company produced a large batch of iPhone cases based on this leak and their sources. The iPhone 5 did not arrive with the teardrop design.
iPhone 6 rumors almost exclusively point to an iPhone 6 with a larger display. Since last year, rumors have pointed to two iPhone 6 models. One model is said to be between 4.5-inches and 4.7-inches in size, similar to the mockup seen here. The other iPhone 6 is thought to be somewhere around 5.5-inches or 5.7-inches with HD resolution. If real, it would likely be marketed as a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 competitor.
A recent report from Reuters casts some doubt on a two-pronged iPhone attack in 2014. The report claims that Apple may have delayed the larger iPhone and that it will be the 4.5-inch to 4.7-inch iPhone and that makes an appearance later this year. A more recent report from The Commercial Times suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may have been pushed into 2015.
The biggest iPhone 6 leak of the month comes from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, shared by MacRumors. Kuo accurately predicted many of last year’s iPhone 5s features and while he is not 100% on rumors, he is considered to be very reliable. Here is how he sees Apple’s iPhone 6 features panning out:
- iPhone 6 Screen Size and Resolution – 4.7- inch (1334 x 750) 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080).
- iPhone 6 Release Dates – 4.7-inch in September, 5.5-inch in Holiday season.
- iPhone 6 Design – Power button on right, narrower bezels, larger iPhone 6 as two-hands needed.
- iPhone 6 Camera – No major Megapixel bump, but added image stability.
- iPhone 6 Specs – A8, 1GB RAM, Touch ID, 6.5mm to 7mm thickness, NFC.
A specific iPhone 6 release date remains out of reach but rumors put the device’s release during the fall. Apple’s last three iPhone models have launched during the fall. While this doesn’t guarantee an iPhone 6 release in the fall, it does make one likely.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be challenged by a number of new devices including the Galaxy S5 which comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 16MP camera, water and dust resistant design, Android 4.4 KitKat, a fingerprint sensor in the home button, and a number of health related features including a heart rate sensor.