We’re almost halfway through 2013, and already we have seen several decent smartphones released, such as the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the LG Optimus G Pro, along with several others. The next half of the year is expected to be pretty much the same, as we expect to see the Nexus 5, Moto (Google) X Phone and the rumored iPhone 6, though it’s more than likely going to be the 5S model — although Apple could surprise us this year.
If the new iPhone was just going to be a minor upgrade to the current version, then sales will still be very impressive, but the technology inside will be a different story, as the other two Android handsets will have far better specs — well that’s the theory. However, let’s say that the iPhone 6 was going to be released later this year, then how will these three smartphones stand up against each other, in what could be the Clash of the Titans?
Nexus 5 — With the success of the Nexus 4, we had assumed that it would be LG working closely with Google once again, but the South Korean phone maker has ruled themselves out. LG states that they have not fallen out with Google, but just wanted to work on their own flagship products instead. However, we cannot help think the stock shambles has played a small part in this separation.
As you would imagine, when it comes to the Nexus 5 specs it’s all guesswork, although the possibility of a flexible plastic display is very high, considering LG has already said they will have a new handset with a flexible display on the market by the end of the year. Several rumors do suggest that the hardware will be rather special in the Nexus 5, which we explained in more detail here.
Moto X Phone — We’ve discussed what some of you have been calling the Google X Phone for a while now, so it’s finally nice to learn that the handset has been made official during D11 and will now be known as the Moto X and not the Motorola X Phone, which we discussed in more detail a couple of days ago. We assumed that the smartphone that is expected to help change the fortunes of Motorola would have been announced during Google’s I/O event last month, but that was not to be.
As you would expect, there has been a great deal of speculation as to what those all-important Moto X specs will be, and we do have a few ideas.
iPhone 6 — okay, so we know that it is wishful thinking that Apple will release a radical new iPhone for 2013, especially after Tim Cook said they will not be pressured into releasing a new product when they are not ready. However, let’s say that they do, what can Apple do to help get them back on top?
The easiest suggestion would be for them to launch two models, one a premium model and the second a low-cost model made from polycarbonate. However, we recently discussed the possibility that Apple would not need to go down the route of plastic, as they could use highly recyclable aluminum, which would also be cheaper than the material Apple currently uses.
One thing we do know, if Apple were to release the iPhone 6 this year, then it needs to offer some truly radical specs, as Apple is starting to be left behind. It’s very well Tim Cook saying they will make the changes their users want when they are ready, but this could lead them down a slippery slope.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been an Apple man for years, and have had an iPhone from the start, and also own an iPad, MacBook Air, iMac and an Apple TV, but even I have started to become disillusioned with how they have allowed their rivals to do a far better job with the evolution of their products, especially Samsung. Okay, they may not be the best built devices, but most of us much prefer the tech rather than the the materials used on the outside, after all, most of us end up using a case anyway.
So if all three are released this year, which of the three will come out on top in terms of radical new features?