As expected today Apple has announced their next smartphone in the iPhone range, the new device is called iPhone 4S (not iPhone 5) and contrary to all the rumors about the new iPhone getting stereoscopic 3D support it does not come with a 3D display or a camera. The new iPhone 4S is just an upgrade of the previous iPhone 4 following the same path Apple went on with the iPhone 3G and 3GS update. Apple may have decided to add stereo 3D capabilities to their mobile smartphone in the next version that may as well be called iPhone 5 or iPhone 3D or whatever, but for now you are stuck with the nice high-resolution Retina display in 2D and a new 8 megapixel 2D camera. The only thing you get to have in dual is the dual-core A5 processor… so Apple will not yet join the battle of the 3D-capable smartphones and will not directly compete for now with LG’s Optimus 3D, HTC’s EVO 3D or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 3D, at least in terms of stereo 3D capabilities. The new iPhone 4S will start appearing on the market on 14th of October, in black and white versions and with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations for $199, $299 and $399 USD respectively. Initially iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, then iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. And until the end of the year it should be introduced in 70 more countries around the world…
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Lately there are a lot of rumors going around that Samsung is also working on a 3D smartphone in order to compete with the already available on the market 3D devices from HTC and LG. It is true that Samsung needs to offer an alternative for users interested in 3D support on their smartphone and the current user interest in HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D is quite big, even though the currently available 3D content for these devices is still somewhat lacking. Samsung cannot leave its main competitors in the smartphone business get too much ahead with the stereoscopic 3D support, so the company will probably have something to show soon. But the big question is if it will be pretty much the same in terms of functionality and 3D features as what is already available from HTC and LG or the company will go further and offer something new and better…
The currently available 3D smartphones have set the level high by offering a decent autostereoscopic 3D display, both in terms of image quality and resolution as well as number of viewing positions provided in 3D mode. They also offer a decent resolution and quality for the 3D photos and 3D videos that the users can record with the devices, and then there is also the HDMI 1.4 support for outputting 3D content from the smartphone on a bigger 3D display such as a 3D HDTV. What else can Samsung offer besides these already available features? So it is more likely that Samsung will try to improve on the specifications of their device as compared to the competition, for example better quality and resolution photos and videos by the 3D camera, faster processor, more viewing angles for the 3D display etc.
On the other hand the thing that needs the most attention and that continues to be kind of ignored by most smartphone manufacturers is the battery and the battery life that such a powerful device can offer to the users. It is nice to have 3D features, but if you have to charge your smartphone once or even two times a day just to use them, you won’t be very happy, as after all this device is also a phone. I’m not sure if you’ve payed enough attention to that fact, but the LG Optimus 3D has an official talk time of just up to 4 hours with a 1500 mAh battery, the HTC EVO 3D is a bit better probably thanks to the use of a higher capacity battery that is 1730 mAh and it gets you about 7.5 hours of talk time by specs.
We’ll have to wait a bit more to see what Samsung will do, but the company will most likely start offering their own 3D solution pretty soon in order not to be left behind by their competition. And a Samsung Galaxy 3D phone built on top of the Samsung Galaxy S II platform or a similar one may turn out to be a really good thing. Let’s wait and see… it probably won’t be long.