by Matt Margolis
The smartphone innovation race seems to be in full gear. Apple is set to go sensor crazy and leverage their HealthBook App on their upcoming iPhone 6 and is expected to feature a nearly unbreakable and scratch resistant sapphire cover screen. I have read various speculation that Apple iPhone may even be able to measure the temperature in the air using very smart sensors. Over the 6 weeks the volume of 5s price cuts and leaked iPhone component images have significantly increased. Additionally, production of key components including displays, sapphire cover screens, A8 chips, DRAM memory and batteries have reportedly commenced. Apple is expected to begin selling its iPhone 6 sometime this summer between June and September.
So what is the competition adding to their device to differentiate its product line? According to Trustedreviews Samsug is looking to release a 4.5″ Samsung Galaxy S5 mini that features water resistance up to 1 meter deep and 30 minutes as well as a dust proof feature. The report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini may debut by the end of May.
As well as capable of being submerged in water, an IP67 rating would mean the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini would be dust proof – a feature which should make those summer time trips to the beach a little less tech troubling
According to screen grabs of the Samsung document – which has since been amended to remove reference of the upcoming phone – the S5 Mini will be capable of being submerged in up to a metre of water for as much as 30 minutes without suffering damage.
Full Disclosure: I own shares in GTAT, Apple’s newest sapphire materials provider