UPDATE: iPhone 5 hardware specifications updated with more smart phones including Windows Phone.
The iPhone 5 has finally been revealed and we’ve compared it with some of the current and upcoming crop of smart phones. In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 5 is the lightest and thinnest of the bunch under 8mm thick and 112grams in weight. That’s even lighter than last year’s Galaxy S II which weighs in at 116grams. In terms of thinness, arguably there are other slimmer models such as the Huawei Ascend P1 S 6.68mm and the Motorola RAZR’s 7.1mm (only at the thinnest point).
While the iPhone 5 has the smallest screen at 4.0″, it still maintains the same 326ppi Retina Display. When compared to its large screen rivals pushing 4.7″-5.5″ inches, the iPhone 5 still has one of the highest pixel density in this comparison. Of course there are those that come close and exceed such as the 4.5″ Huawei Ascend D Quad at 326ppi and the 4.3″ Sony Xperia S at 342ppi.
In terms of processor, the iPhone 5 comes with a new A6 chip with Cortex A15. Currently it isn’t clear on the number of cores and amount of RAM but we will update this later. It will be interesting to see how this goes against the current dual-core and quad-core processors from the Android camp.
A missing component from the iPhone 5 is support for NFC. NFC has just started to become a standard in high end smart phones and it is disappointing that Apple has decided not to include this in. In the imaging department, nothing much has changed in terms of pixel count but they have toughen the camera glass cover with Sapphire glass.
We will update this once the full details are in.
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UPDATE: Added BlackBerry Bold 9900 into the comparison.
In our previous Samsung Galaxy S III spec comparison, we compared it with its direct rival the HTC One X and its former Galaxy predecessors. Now we are comparing it with the rest of the notable flagship models including the Sony Xperia S, Huawei Ascend D Quad, iPhone 4S and the Nokia Lumia 900.
With the Xperia S in the picture, Sony is in the lead for having the highest pixel density for squeezing 1280×720 pixels display into a compact 4.3″ screen. In terms of camera, it is the highest among the lot at 12MP. However it is one of the thicker and heavier models of the lot. In our review, the Xperia S performs admirably well despite being a dual-core processor and we appreciate the polished interface it has to offer.
Huawei too is going quad core with its Ascend D Quad which is expected to be released in mid 2012. It uses its in-house K3V2 processor which is clocked either at 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz. It is one of the smaller quad-core phones with a 4.5″ screen that has better pixel density at 326ppi. For those that feel 4.7″ or 4.8″ is too big in the hands might find the Ascend D Quad as a more comfortable choice.
In terms of cloud storage, it is worth pointing out that both Apple & Microsoft are bundling their own storage in the form of iCloud and SkyDrive. Overall, looking at all flagship devices launched this year, all of them are on the Micro-SIM bandwagon. So for those who are still using a standard SIM format, you are likely to convert/cut your SIMs if you’re getting a new high end phone soon.
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After announcing the ultra slim Ascend P1 S, Huawei is raising the bar with its Ascend D Quad which claims to be the world’s fastest smart phone. In terms of specs, the Ascend D Quad is challenging the big boys of smart phones with its own K3V2 Quad Core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor.
Over at the front, the Ascend D has a high resolution 4.5″ 720p HD display which gives a pixel density of 330ppi. That’s higher than the iPhone 4S at 326ppi. Other details revealed include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, a 8MP BSI Camera that supports 1080p HD video recording and a front facing 1.3MP camera. The Ascend D comes with a 1800mAh battery and overall has a thickness of 8.9mm.
Apart from the Ascend D, there are other variants as well in the series. The Ascend D quad XL offers similar hardware but instead comes with an extended 2500mAh battery for longer usage. Finally there’s the Ascend D1 which runs on a lower 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a lower capacity 1670mAh battery. The Ascend D quad will be available in Q2 this year.
Head after the break for the promo video and photos.