The newly-launched iPhone 5 is summarized as “thinner, lighter, taller, and faster“. It is 18-percent thinner (0.30 inch or 7.6mm than iPhone 4s’ 0.37 inch); 20-percent lighter (112gms vs. 140gm-iPhone 4s); the retina display extends to 4.0 inches (than the iPhone 4s’ 3.5 inches) which makes it 9mm taller; and the new A6 chip is assured to be twice faster than A5 (2.1 times faster to load web pages).
NOT A SHOCKER ANYMORE
HOWEVER, being “thinner, lighter, taller, and faster” is nothing new to all of us. The Huawei Ascend P1 S at 6.68mm is the thinnest smartphone to date. Sony Mobile’s latest Android Xperia SX smartphone that was launched recently weighs only 95gms making it the lightest smartphone in the world.
Several smartphones are taller and have wider screens than the iPhone 5. Faster? You can’t figure it now until you’ll have a better comparison as against any existing quad-core processors.
Other upgrades like the memory (1GB from 512MB) is nothing new either. The 1.3MP front camera (from a VGA only camera) is not a shocker. The new “lightning” connector that replaces the 30-pin dock connector is proprietary and therefore, not impressive. It’s even a problem to many who have possessed extra charging cords and docks using the old 30-pin connector. Read it here. The back panel is now an anodized 6000 series aluminum replacing the breakable glass panel of the iPhone 4S. The iSight Camera now shoots panoramic images. But that’s present long time ago in several other smartphones.
Apple missed a very significant information on their info-pages. It’s about the nano-SIM card which is smaller than the micro-SIM that has been used in the iPhone 4S. This would mean iPhone 5 users must order a new SIM card. Here in the Philippines, Globe Telecom has stocked several nano-SIM reportedly in anticipation of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5’s LTE will work with Globe’s (Band 3–1800Mhz) and Smart’s LTE (Band 1–2100Mhz & Band 3) systems. Click here for the complete specs from Apple site.
The iPhone 5 is set to be available next week in select countries including Japan, Hongkong and Singapore. By the end of the month, it will be available in more countries and shall be in 240 carriers in 100 countries by the end of the year. The pricing has not change: $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64Gb. Expect that to triple as soon as it arrives our shores.