Can Samsung’s new Galaxy stop Apple’s iPhone 5?
The Galaxy S 4, which crams a 5-inch screen into body slightly smaller than the S III's, will go sale in the U.S. sometime between the end of April and the end of June.
It will be sold by all four national carriers - Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. Samsung didn't say what the phone will cost, but it can be expected to start at $200 with a two-year contract. That's comparable to the iPhone 5.
Samsung has sold 100 million Galaxy S phones since they first came out in 2010. That's still well below the 268 million iPhones Apple has sold in the same period, but Samsung's sales rate is catching up.
Research firm Strategy Analytics said the Galaxy S III overtook Apple's iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone for the first time in the third quarter of last year, as Apple fans were holding off for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 took back the crown in the fourth quarter.
One way Samsung and other makers of Android phone have been one-upping Apple is by increasing the screen size. Every successive generation of the Galaxy line has been bigger than the one before. The S III sported a screen that measures 4.8 inches on the diagonal. It is already substantially larger than the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen. The S 4's screen is 56 percent larger than the iPhone's.
In a Wednesday interview, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller declined to discuss whether Apple is considering enlarging the screen on the next model of the iPhone. It is expected to be released later this year. He said Apple remains confident that the iPhone 5 is the most useful and elegant smartphone available. They hail it as "the most beautiful consumer electronics device ever created."
Samsung believes the S 4 will set the new standard.
Critical thinking challenge: Samsung is better on its bigger screen. Which will consumers prefer, a larger screen or a Apple’s smaller, more convenient size overall?
- Posted on March 15, 2013