A new photo shows what the iPhone 6 could look like next to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s two flagships that will meet the rumored iPhone 6 in battle at some point later on this year.
iPhone 6 rumors have been lobbing potential hardware features, release dates and software features at consumers. And as we moved deeper into the year, iPhone 6 rumors have begun to firm up. Some of the firmest iPhone 6 rumors pertain to its display size and at this point, a dramatic change in size is all but confirmed to be coming with 2014’s iPhone.
For months now, we’ve heard about the dramatic change that Apple is expected to make with the iPhone 6. Rumors center around two different iPhone models, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with a higher resolution display and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant that could come with a high resolution display and challenge the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the rumored Galaxy Note 4.
While the screen size increase isn’t confirmed, virtually every single iPhone 6 rumor this year has pointed to a size increase. And where there is a ton of smoke, there is typically a ton of fire.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen alleged iPhone 6 mockups compared to many of the top devices on the market. The mockups have been shown next to the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and even the iPhone 5s. Today, we’re getting another look at how the two iPhone 6 models might stack up with some of the competition including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Business Insider cooked up a photo that displays the two rumored iPhone 6 models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, next to the two biggest names in Samsung’s arsenal. The photo shows the noticeable change in size between the iPhone 5 series and the rumored iPhone 6. This is of course due to the larger display sizes.
The difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6 isn’t nearly as dramatic. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is smaller than the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S5 which sports a 5.1-inch display. The site added the size of an average human hand for scale.
iPhone 6 rumors suggest that Apple could deliver an iPhone 6 that is up to 26% thinner than the iPhone 5s. A recent leak from Ukrainian website suggests Apple is aiming for a smartphone as thin as 6mm, but Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes a 6.5 – 7mm thickness is easier for the company to achieve. Recent leaks agree with Kuo’s assessment and point to an iPhone 6 that could measure right around 7mm thin.
If true, this would make the iPhone 6 slimmer than the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s frame is large but it’s a mere 8.3mm thin. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is actually thicker than the Galaxy S4 and it checks in with a frame that measures 8.1mm thin. By comparison, the iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thin.
In a note shared by MacRumors, Kuo also says that he believes that the iPhone 6 will come with a power button on the right and bezels that are narrower than those found on the iPhone 5s.
The biggest iPhone 6 leak to date comes from the well-sourced Kuo. He sees an iPhone 6 coming with some substantial hardware upgrades including:
- 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 9to5Mac report suggests that the iPhone 6 could come with a 1794 x 960 Retina Display and the same 16:9 aspect ratio that it has applied to its iPhones since the iPhone 5′s release back in 2012. This jump in resolution would lead to better, crisper looking on-screen content.
Kuo’s release date information lines up with rumors that point to an iPhone 6 release date in September. It’s still not clear if both iPhone 6 models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will emerge in the fall. Rumors have pointed to a delayed release for the larger iPhone, possibly into 2015, though that information obviously remains unconfirmed.
The device is also expected to feature Apple’s new iO8 update which we’ve detailed in the video above.