Currently, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 are still brand new devices. Both phablets feature cutting edge technology, including the latest hardware and software. Millions of these devices continue to sell each and every month. Without a doubt, they’ll both remain best-selling phablets for the months to come. That doesn’t mean that we can’t start entertaining thoughts about the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 5, two devices that are guaranteed to release within the next year.
It’s all but guaranteed that Apple will release two versions of the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 Plus will become the company’s second phablet device. Of course, we can expect the device to feature the latest Apple A processor, perhaps the A10 or something like that. A Touch iD sensor and class-leading, rear-facing camera should come standard. Perhaps a 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch, or 6-inch screen will be implemented into the device. Plus, Apple should boost the device with a 2,500 or larger mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 5 will probably receive a six-inch screen, too. That’s an upgrade from the Note 4, and a Snapdragon 810 processor should come standard here. Samsung could choose to implement an in-house processor into the device, too. Either way, a 20-Megapixel or better rear-facing camera should be seen here. A 3,220 mAh battery or larger is guaranteed, along with a premium build that perhaps falls just short of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Every iPhone 7 Plus should feature iOS 8 at launch, although Apple could choose to implement iOS 9 for the device. There’s no telling what the new operating system might entail, though. Still, plenty of software should be packed into the phablet, including everything that Apple users have come to expect. Apple Pay will obviously come with the new phablet, whenever it’s released. New software will likely be packed into the newest iPhone model.
A Galaxy Note 5 would run Android Lollipop, which would amount to Android 5.0 or 5.1. Samsung has always put vast amounts of software into its Galaxy Note devices. Consumers and analysts shouldn’t expect that to change here. For that reason, the phablet will likely contain Samsung’s own apps, along with a bevy of Google Services and other applications. It’s hard to imagine that the device would be lacking in the software department.
Apple has a history of releasing new iPhone models on alternating years. However, the company will probably release the iPhone 7 without creating an iPhone 6S or something like that. The phablet should come out in Summer or Fall 2015, and this applies to Samsung’s newest version of the Note, too. Neither company can afford to be outdone by the other, and letting a competitor release a device without releasing one themselves isn’t in the playbook.
Which Phablet Will Reign Supreme?
At this point, it’s impossible to tell which device would reign supreme over the market. The iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 have sold exceptionally well, and that’s going to continue with the next generation of phablets. It’s simple enough to guess the general hardware and software specifications. In the end, choosing a victor this early on is nearly impossible, though.