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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5 – the smartphone battle of 2012

Ever since Apple first introduced the world to the iPhone, customers have been lapping up smartphones like they are going out of fashion.

Apple and the iPhone held the crown for quite a while, but when Google weighed in with Android, the game changed.

Pretty much every manufacturer going offers a smartphone running some form of Android OS. But it is Samsung who has been one of the most successful.

But Apple, never to be outdone, is still holding its own. Sales of the iPhone 4S have been strong, as you’d expect from any Apple product.

And the competition between the two manufacturers is set to heat up even more in 2012, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the long-awaited Apple iPhone 5 gearing up to do battle.

As you may have noticed, neither of these products has actually been released yet. But both companies know how to play the game, and we’ve been getting some juicy details of specs for both devices here and there.

Apple iPhone 5

In terms of release date, the iPhone 5 will probably be with us sometime in the second half of this year. We are expecting a radical redesign of the iPhone, as Apple tries to bring in new customers and mix things up a little.

In terms of specs, the iPhone is predicted to have a 1.2 to 1.5 GHz quad core A6, with a rumoured 3.7 to 4.0 inch display. It will probably run a new operating system – iOS 6 – and 4G connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy S3

We are likely to see the Galaxy S3 a bit earlier than the iPhone 5, with an expected release date of around April, just like the Galaxy S2.

Back in November, Samsung unveiled a new processor – the Exynos 4412 chipset – which is likely to feature on the Galaxy S3. This quad core unit will give the S3 a 1.5GHz processor.

The S3 looks like it will get a bumper 4.6 inch display, in keeping with Samsung’s insistence on massive screens, and will run the Android 4.0 OS, the same as the Galaxy Nexus.