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Apple iPhone 5s faces the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 in a specs shootout

Apple has just revealed its iPhone 5s flagship smartphone and it’s everything that rumors made us expect, really. The company hasn’t redesigned the smartphone, but has made plenty of changes on the inside.

But is it enough? That’s what we will be finding out in the following comparison table. The main rivals of the iPhone 5S come from Korea and they’re the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Let’s see what Apple has done with the iPhone 5s in an attempt to stop its melting user base jump over to the Android camp.

Android can boast that the smartphones it runs on now push the 3GB RAM barrier and the eight-core CPUs. Apple has opted for its in-house built A7 chip with a dual-core CPU, but of the 64-bit variety. In a usual Apple fashion, we won’t know the details until at least a couple of days go by.

Okay, the iPhone 5s isn’t something completely unseen, in fact it uses the same body of the iPhone 5. The new smartphone is available is now available in three colors rather than two – Silver, Gold, and a “new space gray.” The other novelty is the fingerprint scanner-touting home button (Touch ID). It enables you to unlock the iPhone just by touching the home button and buy stuff without needing to enter your password. It’s cool, and it certainly better implemented than when we last saw it on the Motorola Atix introduced it in January, 2011.

Here’s the comparison table itself.

 
Apple iPhone 5S
LG G2
Samsung Galaxy S4
OS
iOS 7
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Display
4.0" LED-backlit IPS LCD
5.2" TFT LCD True HD IPS Plus
5" Super AMOLED HD
Resolution
1136 x 640
(326 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(424 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(441 ppi)
Height
Width
Thickness
123.8 mm
 58.6 mm
 7.6 mm
138.5 mm
70.9 mm
8.9 mm
136.6 mm
69.8 mm
7.9 mm
Weight
112 grams
143 grams
130 grams
Processor

Apple A7 chipset (64-bit)
dual-core CPU

Snapdragon 800 chipset
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Exynos 5410 Octa 1.6GHz
Quad-core Cortex-A15
Quad-core Cortex-A7
GPU
N/A
Adreno 330
PowerVR SGX544MP3
RAM
TBC (probably 1GB)
2GB
2GB
Storage
16/32/64GB
32GB
16/32/64GB
microSD card slot
No
Korean version only
Yes, up to 64GB
Primary camera
8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash (one cool, one warm), simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR
13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels
auto-focus optically-stabilized camera, LED flash, 8X digital zoom, face detection, HDR mode, panorama, geo-tagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps
13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels,
autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
Front camera
1.2 MP
720p@30fps
2.1MP
1080p@30fps
2MP
1080p@30fps
Battery
Li-Po 1440 mAh
Li-Po 3,000 mAh
Li-Ion 2600 mAh
Battery life
Standby: 250 hours
3G talk: 10 hours
Standby: N/A
3G talk: N/A
(check out our battery test)
Standby: 370 hours
3G talk: 17 hours
(check out our battery test)
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Yes, v4.0 LE with A2DP
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
Network
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Quad-band UMTS/HSPA
Penta-band LTE support,
LTE-Advanced
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Quad-band UMTS/HSPA
Penta-band LTE support,
LTE-Advanced
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Penta-band UMTS/HSPA
Tri-band LTE support
NFC
No
Yes
Yes
Speakers
Mono
Mono
Mono
Distinctive features
•Touch ID home button with fingerprint scanner
• Dual LED flash
•Compact size for a 5.2″ display
•Buttonless front and side design
•Smart and Air gestures
Availability
September, 2013
September, 2013
Currently available

Naturally, all three smartphones have much more distinctive features than the ones we’ve mentioned, but we are currently looking at the major stuff here. Apple still bets on gradual updates and the overall feel and experience of its flagship smartphone. Everybody knows that the “S” in iPhone 5S stands for speed, but we’re yet to see how much faster it really feels compared to the now discontinued iPhone 5.

Apple claims it has updated the camera, which now supports “Burst mode” – it captures 10 photos and automatically chooses the best one (*sarcasm*we haven’t seen that before*/sarcasm*) and boasts a pixel size of 1.5μ. Just like the A7 chipset, we’re yet to witness how that camera fares against the competition, but at least on paper – it doesn’t seem like too great an update.

All in all, Apple’s offering is clearly lacking in terms of hardware, and it will have to rely on the splendid iOS 7 ecosystem to keep it relevant. It has worked quite well in the past, but times change and Apple might be made to pay the price for not being adaptable enough.

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