Galaxy S II (S2) U.S. Release: Does iPhone 5 Stand Any Chance?

Although it was expected by many, Apple’s iPhone 5 non-announcement still came as a disappointment at the recent WWDC. Rumors of the device are still in full swing with a release date sometime in September, along with continuous changes of the handset’s specs listing.

For now, all we can do is wait, but for some phone manufacturers including Samsung, the delay can be used to their advantage. For those of you into the latest mobile phone devices, will know that Samsung’s Galaxy S II (S2) has taken the phone market by storm, in fact just recently we brought you news that sales had risen above and beyond expectation, bringing figures of sold units to a whooping 3 million in just 55 days, of course this will be changing on a weekly basis.

A majority of countries are benefiting from the new handset but unfortunately, the U.S. are still patiently waiting for a device that may not even come, something of which we touched on in the last few days. If the Galaxy S II (or known by another name) in the States doesn’t appear soon, then Apple will certainly have reason to celebrate, as this will be one less competitor to worry about!

But in relation to the countries where the Galaxy S II has already made an appearance, then worrying times may lay ahead for Steve Jobs company. According to ibtimes.com, if you look back at the iPhone’s sales history, a figure of 73.5 million was recorded just by the end of fiscal 2010 with an initial release of June 29 2007. Not bad going, and to be fair to Apple, the iPhone 4 has still managed to stay towards the top of the smartphone list, but with a huge amount of Android handsets releasing or in the pipeline, the iPhone 5 is needed now.

Currently when you take a look at what the Galaxy S II has got going for it with its 4.3-inch Super Amoled Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 8 MP camera and so on, its a job to know without any real concrete iPhone 5 specs, how the both of them will pan out?

Rumored specs for the iPhone 5 if true, will include the new iOS 5 OS bringing with it some 200 new features, which if implemented will outweigh the Galaxy S II’s OS in a big way. In terms of camera pixels, it has been suggested that Apple’s device will include an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p video support, but Samsung’s phone benefits from a 2MP front-facing camera for video chat. Internal storage for the Galaxy S II includes either 16 or 32GB options whereas the iPhone 5 is still undecided.

Without solid pricing for either handset, we can only take the following information with a pinch of salt. Just last week, we spoke about the iPhone 5 ideally being released as a more affordable option, appealing to a wider audience of customers. Currently the Verizon iPhone 4 is listed at $649.99, the Galaxy S II is rumored to retail between $599 and $699 for an unlocked 16GB model, whilst a locked could be in the region of $300 upwards. On the otherhand, the iPhone 5 has been rumored to release with a price of approximately $600.

We know that when the iPhone 5 finally makes its entrance, Apple fans will go to probably any lengths to get their hands on the new phone, even if it means camping out for hours or even days on end.

Let us know your thoughts on both the Galaxy S II and iPhone 5? Do you think the Apple phone stands any chance against the much talked about Samsung newbie?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J35TREZZK6N6Z7DOAEBHQZ54GU Sabi Hellson

    I’ve been looking forward to the Galaxy S2 since late August 2010; with the release of the iPhone 4 and now the announcement of iPhone 5, it looks to me that companies (Apple, to be specific) are pushing out phones just for the sake of being “the latest and greatest” and not necessarily working out all of the bugs that would benefit the consumer. In my personal opinion, as a Samsung fan and a Apple user, I believe the Galaxy S2 has more merit to be an overall better choice for a smart phone.

  • Anish Parameswaran

    samsung is much talked about and not the iphone 5? what world are you living in?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZDKHMYEKBT6VOXA5SJS4WJ67Q sp

    Apple is pushing out phones to be the “latest and greatest?” Are you kidding me? No wonder they didn’t prematurely come out with another iphone during the WWDC which they normally do… Coz they wanted to make sure that the next phones they will be out with will have lesser problems and not just for the sake of putting something out in the market, isn’t it obvious that the next iphone is going to be handful for other competititors?