How will iPhone 6s stack up against Samsung's newest phones?
In just a few days, Apple will show the world what it's done next to the almighty iPhone. What shiny new hardware and features have Cook and crew brought to the endless smartphone wars? But, when you think about it, whatever Apple shows up with only has to outdo its biggest threat: Samsung.
Like sizing up the combatants of a heavyweight bout, phone heads want to know: who's a better bet? Let's pit what we're inclined to expect the iPhone 6s will come packing against the still-young Samsung Galaxy S6.
And, while we're at it, we'll see how the fresh Samsung Galaxy Note 5 stacks up against what the iPhone 6s Plus is anticipated to contain. To keep things simple, we'll keep it to the key points: display, cameras and battery life.
Which will have the more plentiful pixels?
Save for everyone raving on about Force Touch, we've actually heard very little about the displays that will be placed inside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. A single report out of Chinese news site Feng, speaking to supply chain sources, pegs the iPhone 6s for a 1080p upgrade. Meanwhile, the same report sees the iPhone 6s Plus scoring a 2k resolution display.
If you ask me, neither upgrade is all too likely – Apple usually reserves resolution bumps for the solely-numbered models. Currently, the two phones are at a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixel display and a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, respectively. Both are LED panels with IPS technology for wide viewing angles.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 houses a 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560-pixel Super AMOLED display, which has even the most optimistic iPhone 6s beat regardless – at least on paper. You'll find an essentially identical screen within the Galaxy Note 5, only larger at 5.7 inches. If the iPhone 6s Plus manages to come out with that 2K display, it will be the first time in recent memory a Samsung and Apple flagship phone were equally matched in pixel count.
Now, who can stay awake the longest?
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are likely to stick with 1810mAh and 2915mAh juice packs, respectively. However, some battery-conscious upgrades are coming to the iPhone software through iOS 9, and the reportedly updated 4G LTE chip is said to draw less power, too.
In our battery tests, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus respectively lasted around 13 and 17 hours throughout various tasks. Apple pegs them to last 11 and 14 hours over HD video playback, respectively.
The Samsung Galaxy S6, packing a 2550mAh battery pack, lasted for an average of 17 hours of normal use in our testing. Samsung says the phone will last for 13 hours of HD video playback. The Galaxy Note 5's 3020mAh power pack lasted a full day of normal use based on our testing, while Samsung hasn't released its own figures for this phone's lasting power.
Given the likely difference in pixel count and battery size between these rival phones, it's likely that they'll meet in a stalemate once more in this round of the bout – with Samsung probably eking out on to, but not by much. That is, unless Apple somehow managed to apply its newfangled battery folding tech found in its New MacBook to the iPhone.
Which will be best at all the rest?
Not that it matters a huge deal, with Apple and Samsung finely tuning their processors and other parts to their specific devices, let's look see which device will pack more powerful innards. First of all, nothing specific has been leaked or reported regarding Apple's awaited A9 chip, so there's not much to speculate here in respect to Samsung's chips.
Apple's phones have always lagged behind in RAM, both still at 1GB as of September 2014, far behind the Galaxy S6's 3GB and the Galaxy Note 5's whopping 4GB. With both Apple phones reported to be scoring a boost to 2GB of RAM, that should level the playing field a bit where multitasking is concerned.
Samsung will remain ahead of Apple in some regards, at least on paper, namely screen and camera resolution – unless Apple uncharacteristically pumps up the pixels this year. But everyone knows that it's the finer details regarding each phone that will decide this round in the endless boxing match these two juggernauts.
How the iPhone 6s camera stacks up to the Samsung's seriously souped up shooters will be particularly interesting this year. Better grab the popcorn – this fight ought to be a treat.