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Add Samsung’s lawyers to the list of people eagerly waiting for the launch of the iPhone 5.
A report carried by The Korea Times quotes a Samsung official saying that the company intends to seek a ban on the sales of the iPhone 5 in Korea as soon as the device lands on Korean shores. The official claims that every Apple device that includes mobile telecommunications in any possible form violates Samsung’s patents.
This move is a part of Samsung’s strategy of battling Apple’s lawsuits and injunctions by counter-suing the company in various countries claiming patent infringement. The company filed such suits against Apple in Japan, Germany, Australia and Korea. With regard to seeking a ban on the sales of the rumored iPhone 5, a Samsung official said:
“Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents. For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
Another Samsung official, on the same subject, said:
“We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident. If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5.”
Samsung has announced that it will launch legal action against Apple the very instant the iPhone 5 steps foot in Korea, according to Korea Times.
Specifically, the manufacturer will move to block sales of Apple’s phone.
Quoting an unnamed source identified only as an anonymous Samsung senior executive, Korea Times notes that Samsung will “…take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.”
Additionally, the Samsung source reiterated his/her company’s dedication to its battle with Apple, saying, “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
Apple’s philosophy of faster, thinner and lighter has worked wonders thus far in the annual upgrade of its popular iPhone device.
The iPhone 5 will follow the same motif of its predecessors when it finally rears its head, and the images are now springing up demonstrating the device’s mainboard, complete with an A5 chip which already has analysts tipping it to out-perform the the powerful Galaxy S II from rival; Samsung.
Battery life is also an issue which tends to plague powerful smartphones. Whilst having a million and one features is a productive plus, being let down by the battery down can be the difference between a good device and a great one. In order to cater for the slightly larger purported screen and more powerful innards, it looks as though Apple has slightly upgraded to a 1,430mAh lithium-ion battery from the 1,420mAh one found in the iPhone 4.
While it has long since been rumored that Apple’s next iPhone will pack the A5 chip, these leaks, which have stemmed from China’s incarnation of Twitter, give a little more substance to the claims.
Recent benchmarks have revealed that the iPad 2′s A5 chip is a fraction under twice as fast in the graphics-centric GLBenchmark 2.1 as the Galaxy S II’s 1.2GHz Exynos processor. While the Cupertino company has a reputation for somewhat detuning processors in order for them to run properly in the smaller smartphone housing, it is still thought that there will be a noticeably superior performance versus rivals on the market.
Analyst: Apple To Launch Redesigned iPhone 5, iPhone 4-Plus; Add More Carriers; Doesn’t Expect iPad 3 Launch In 2011
As we’ve mentioned multiple times, we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor so far.
According to some reports, the next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4. While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4.
In fact, according to some reports, Apple will launch both – a cheaper 8GB entry-level iPhone model, which looks like iPhone 4 that has been unofficially dubbed iPhone 4S and a redesigned iPhone 5.
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has also joined the debated. He claims that Apple will indeed be launching two models: a redesigned iPhone 5 and a cheaper “iPhone 4-plus”. He had this to say to clients in his report based on his research:
- We now expect two new iPhones. Our research indicates that there will be an iPhone 5 based on a lighter, thinner form factor that is GSM + CDMA capable, i.e., a “world-mode” smartphone. A second device (4-plus) based on the current iPhone 4 but with some minor improvements could target the midrange and focus on China. As for the current iPhone 4, we expect it to subsume 3GS as the lower-end offering.
- A new iPhone 4-plus could target China. Our research indicates Apple could release an iPhone 4-plus, targeting one or more China network carriers. While we think a China-focused iPhone could be in the works, it is not likely to be exclusive to the region. There could be other use cases, particularly in the midrange. Either way, the size of the China opportunity overcomes any potential drawbacks of making a specially-designed device for a few wireless carriers in one region, in our view. In China, Apple currently sells its iPhone 4 only through China Unicom.
PhoneArena has published a photo, which they claim is the logic board for iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.
The photo first appeared on the microblogging site Weibo.
The photo clearly reveals Apple’s A5 chip, which currently powers iPad 2 and widely expected to power iPhone 5.
We had seen leaked photos of iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 logic board couple of weeks back, but at that time the the chip was missing. As you can see below, the photo also reveals the battery pack. Interestingly, the specifications of the battery in this photo seems to be little different from the one we have see earlier. MacRumors explains:
Earlier photos had shown the battery offering 3.7 V and 5.3 Whr, for a charge capacity of about 1430 mAh. For comparison, the current iPhone 4 battery checks in at 3.7 V and 5.25 Whr, offering 1420 mAh of charge.
This new photo appears to have the charge of 1430 mAh stamped directly on it, but curiously seems to list the voltage at 4.2 V. It is unclear exactly why the battery seems to be reporting a different voltage, and thus a different energy close to 6 Whr to reach the same 1430 mAh charge seen in earlier photos of the same part.