iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Comparison: Will 5S vs. S5 64-Bit Processors Produce Similarly Epic Battle? [VIDEO]

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Sep, 16, 2013, 12:00 PM


The Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 created for one of the best smartphone comparisons in recent memory. However, with Apple's new devices about to hit the market, it's time to look ahead for these smartphone giants. The iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S5 could be the next smartphones to go head to head and this comparison series takes a look at what the 5S packs and what the S5 could offer consumers when it is released (expected Q1 2014). A recent concept of a folding S5 has drawn a lot of attention, but the biggest news is undoubtedly the first confirmed feature of the next Samsung flagship smartphone—a 64-bit processor. In case you missed it, the iPhone 5S just released with a 64-bit of its own. You can check out parts one through four via the links below, as well as a Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 comparison.

--->Part One: Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S Design

--->Part Two: Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S Camera Specs

--->Part Three: Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S Storage Capacity

--->Part Four: Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S Video Recording

Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S 64-Bit Processors Battle

The iPhone 5S recently debuted with Apple's new A7 chip, which made the smartphone the first iPhone to ever feature a 64-bit processor. The addition of a 64-bit iPhone to the market should change future apps, with an increase in the number of apps written for 64-bit performance. These apps will focus on gaming, as anyone who games knows, these apps take up a lot of processing power. Considering Apple's latest move made the 5S 56 times faster than its predecessor, it is with little surprise that the upcoming Galaxy S5 has been confirmed for a 64-bit processing board of its own, accordin to a report by The Korea Times.

Samsung's mobile business chief Shin Jong-Kyun said in the interview:

"Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality".

Many believe that this comment refers to the S5, which could debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 battle has been one of the more memorable smartphone comparisons for smartphone users in recent years. Each device has its own fanatics and critics, and while the average smartphone user doesn't understand the complicated technolgy behind each device, they are adamant on which phone provides a better experience for them.

The iPhone 5 has been lauded for its smooth operating system right out of the box, but the Galaxy S4's advanced Android OS allows the user to personalize their experience. These are two of the most significant differences between these devices, which also shed a bit of light on the type of user that owns each smartphone.

However, one considerable factor consumers may want to consider when deciding between the smartphones is the cost it takes to build each model-which trickles down to your pockets during purchase.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is all the rage these days, but its Apple competitor, the iPhone 5, may still have a leg up on its smartphone counterpart in at least one category: the iPhone is a cheaper model to make.

A estimate by HIS iSuppli suggests quite a difference in prices between the two mobile phones. This, of course, means Apple will have more profit and, as a result, more money available from the smartphone business for innovation, marketing, support and price competition.

According to the His iSuppli estimation, the Apple iPhone 5 with 16GB of storage costs $196 to manufacture (for the lowest-end model), including materials. The cost for the 32GB version is estimated at $217, while the 64GB version runs $238.

Samsung Galaxy S4 estimates to cost $244 for the 16GB model at the high-speed packet access version (a 4G mobile standard), with $236 going for materials and $8.50 for manufacturing. That means the S4 roughly $48 more per unit to make than the equivalent iPhone. The LTE version of the S4, with 16GB, is $3 cheaper.

"Although [the S4's] hardware is not radically different from the Galaxy S III introduced in April of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes some critical component updates that enhance its functionality as well as its BOM cost," said Vincent Leung, senior analyst for cost benchmarking at IHS, in a statement. "Among the upgrades are a larger, full high-definition display; a beefed-up Samsung processor; and a wealth of new sensors that set a record high for the number of such devices in a smartphone design."

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