Recently we have seen so many smart phones and tablets being announced and/or launched by giants like Samsung, Nokia, Sony and HTC. It is now time for Apple devices like iPad Mini 2, iPad 5 and the iPhone 5S to get the spotlight. However, Apple always keeps silent when it comes to reveling its iDevices' specs. A direct consequence of Apple's silence is a plethora of rumors appearing as people try to guesstimate the specs of Apple's upcoming iDevices.
Samsung is at the other side of the spectrum as they never shy away from offering details about their upcoming products, even though they are not really official yet. Thanks to the rumors and the numerous reports about the 2 most stunning devices of 2013: the iPad Mini 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, now I have enough to make a direct comparison between the 2 giant mobile devices.
- Release Date
According to a few rumors from some time ago, Apple was said to release the iPad Mini 2 during this May. Those rumors were recently proved wrong when Tim Cook mentioned a fall launch for the company's iPad Mini 2. A September release seems likely.
There are no rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, so we have to speculate. Samsung likewise may opt for a fall release for the next generation Galaxy Note, so our guesstimate for the release date of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is September on 2013 IFA.
Apple's A7 system on a chip (SoC) is supposed to launch this Summer, in June or July. It is a faster SoC than the Apple A6X used in the iPad 4 and I think that it will be used in the iPad Mini 2.
The Exynos 5 Octa SoC will be available in the second quarter of 2013 and it is the fastest SoC available at the moment for any mobile device. It will also power the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so that is a good news for those looking for performance.
Apple will probably make sure that its next iPad Mini tablet will have a battery that would assure a usage of about ten hours.
For the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung used a very powerful battery of 3100 mAh. The Galaxy Note 3 will probably use an even more powerful battery, necessary given an extra power that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC will bring. It is said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 4000 mAh battery, making it superior to many other smartphones on the market.
When it comes to the iPad Mini 2's display, rumors mention a 7.9-inch screen running at a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution which is four times higher than the iPad Mini's resolution. The iPad Mini 2 is also rumored to be equipped with an IGZO display made by Sharp, a display that would make the tablet even slimmer than the actual iPad Mini.
So with the release of Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphones Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3, many speculate that Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s screen will measure somewhere in the void between the 5.8 and 6.3 inch Mega smartphones. (If you are interested in Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3, few days ago I have taken a full comparison between Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3. You can make reference to it.)
Regarding the iPad Mini 2 cameras, there isn't much information available. However, we are pretty sure that the iPad Mini 2's cameras will have the following functions: iSight, FaceTime and Full HD video recording.
Samsung always equipped its devices with high quality cameras and the Galaxy Note 3 won't make an exception. The Galaxy Note 3 will probably come equipped with a high quality 13MP camera.
It's probably safe to assume that Apple will follow its standard pricing patterns so that the iPad Mini 2 will most likely have the same price as the first iPad Mini.
The price for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be up to somewhere around $800.
Okay, above 2 can be said to the most stunning mobile devices in the second half of 2013. So which is your expect? Welcome to share your thoughts!
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