Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9 at Flint Centre, Cupertino. The venue might be a potential clue of something big coming our way. After all it is the very place where Steve Jobs unveiled the first Apple Macintosh computer. It is also the place where Jobs marked his return from exile at Apple in 1998 with the launch of iMac. All other launches of iPhone and iPad were Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco or on the Apple Campus Town Hall.
While Apple has a fan following unlike any other brands, the USP of Apple, innovation, is not that evident. The number of innovations Apple have made has gone down considerably after Steve Jobs’ demise to the point where it will be (probably) launching its smart watch after all other small and big brands have done that. If Apple manages to launch a great iPhone, where will it stand in comparison to its competition? Who are its competition? Here’s a list of other brands and their flagship smartphones.
1.) Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung is arguably Apple’s biggest competition, whether it is with regards to innovation or style. It recently launched the Galaxy Note 4, a 5.2 inch phablet which came with a number of innovative features. The Note 4 has a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a Quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU The Adreno 420 GPU. The phone comes with a 16MP rear and 3.7MP front camera.
Usually the image quality that Apple iPhones’s clicks have are much better than those of Samsung’s flagship phones but it would be interesting to see how Apple manages to meet expectations especially after some really nice features that Samsung has included in the Note 4, like panorama selfie, a stable front camera, etc. The biggest innovation is the launch of the Gear VR, Samsung’s collaboration with Oculus on a virtual reality goggles. The user can buy those optional goggles to play games and watch movies in a 360 degree environment.
2.) HTC One (M8)
The 5 inch phone has changed the android to a huge extent, but yet manages to keep the look. The phone is a bit too big but the fluidity of touch can give Apple a run for its money.
The phone sports a Snapdragon 801 processor among the other usual smartphone features, but its real breakthrough new features are the “Duo” camera and the Dot View case. According to HTC, the Duo camera lets the phone capture true depth information for your photos, making pictures seem more DSLR like, and being able to focus only on what you want, leaving the background of the image blurred if you like.
3.) Nokia Lumia 1520
When it comes to a great camera Nokia give Apple some tough competition. It is said that the only reason one should buy a Nokia is because of its camera. That said the phone is pretty good, although there is not much to say about it apart from the camera.
4.) Sony Xperia Z3
The 5.2 inch phone comes with a 20.7 inch screen. It was recently launched on September 3. There isn’t much known about the phone but according to reports it has a great audio and clicks some good photographs. Its predecessor is known to overheat. The USP of the phone was its waterproof capability which could possibly counter the overheating issues, although it is not advisable.
OnePlus One could have also made to the list but for now let OnePlus get rid of its invitation system and start taking bulk orders. Plus the start-up brand hasn’t yet launched its flagship (and only phone) in India. Another brand would be Motorola Moto X which has some good innovative features.