With the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in full swing and the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just a month and half away, rumors have been flying around left and right for two high-end smartphones, the so-called Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Although both devices have been amply covered in previous days, we have recapped some of the hottest rumors that have cropped up this week, as well as some others from previous weeks that are still worth another mention.
The iPhone 5S, as it may probably be called, was the talk of the tech world just a few days ago, when Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White was at CES 2013 observing Sharp’s IGZO display presentation. IGZO, or Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide, is a form of display technology that increases brightness and reduces battery consumption while allowing display panels – and the devices themselves – to be thinner. White believes that Apple might be utilizing this technology on its iDevices going forward, and the iPhone 5S could definitely be one of them. Aside from that, the iPhone 5S could likely come in up to eight different colors aside from black and white, and Apple may also offer the device in different screen sizes. As for previously rumored specs, Apple might finally include a quad-core chip under the hood, the rumored and unannounced A7 processor, while offering internal storage options up to 128 GB.
The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, could benefit from either one of two processors – the 2 GHz quad-core Exynos 5xxx processor rumored since late last year, or the recently unveiled Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core processor expected to debut sometime in 2013. Like Apple, Samsung may also be offering a 128 GB storage option, while everything is expected to improve across the board. The Galaxy S4 may come with a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-inch full-HD display with 1080p resolution and the newest version of Android at the time of release, either 4.2 Jelly Bean or 5.0 Key Lime Pie.