) has not said when the next iPhone will be released.
Nonetheless, three key competitors are already preparing for its
arrival. According to
, Samsung will release the Galaxy Note III during the third
quarter in order to take on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or any other
iPhone Apple may release during the same timeframe.
The new device will reportedly contain a 5.99-inch Super
AMOLED display, which means that it will actually be smaller than
the largest Galaxy Mega, which has a mammoth
The Galaxy Note III is also expected to include an ARM-based
) Exynos 5 eight-core processor.
Not much else is known about the device, but if the next
Galaxy Note arrives this summer, it will come less than 11 months
after the Galaxy Note II.
The lure of an early release could be hard to resist, however.
In addition to the competition with Apple, Samsung may be eager
to release another smartphone that can sell
five million units
in less than four weeks. While the Galaxy S IV is sure to sell
more units overall (and sell at a faster rate), the Galaxy Note
is a growing brand for Samsung. Next to the Galaxy S series, the
Galaxy Note series represents Samsung's fastest-selling
Samsung is not the only South Korean electronics company
planning to compete head-on with the iPhone 5S. LG, the company
that loves to remind us that "Life's Good," will reportedly
release the Optimus G2 during the second half of the year. Expect
it to come equipped with a five-inch full HD display and a
Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:
Last but not least is HTC, the struggling smartphone maker
just can't catch a break
. HTC hopes to turn things around with the Butterfly 2, which is
expected to be released sometime during the third quarter.
Very little is known about the rumored device, but DigiTime
reported that it will have a "large-size display supporting Full
HD and a number of features such as BlinkFeed, UltraPixel sensor
and BoomSound speakers that are found in its latest flagship
model, the New HTC One."
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him
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