Apple Unveils the iPhone 5 — “The World’s Slimmest Smartphone”

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 at its media launch event in San Francisco yesterday (and the internet is already comparing and debating its pros and cons).

Sounds great? Well, I know you can’t wait to jump into the details about the device — to begin with, the new iPhone is taller, leaner, shinier and lighter — however, not at all costlier! Yes, you read that right; Apple iPhone 5 comes with the same price tag as that of its predecessor.

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In terms of figures and numbers, iPhone 5 is 7.66 mm in thickness (almost 18% thinner than its predecessor iPhone 4S) and weighs 112 grams (again, almost 20% lighter than iPhone 4S). Under the hood, there is a quad-core Cortex A6 processor and an 8MP rear camera. Add to it a pixel density of 326, retina display and a 1136×640 resolution with an aspect ration of 16:9, and you can hear the Apple aficionados skipping a heart beat already!

Previous versions of the iPhone have received a significant amount of heat from the masses owing to unsatisfactory battery performances. IPhone 5 tries to make amends — the battery promises 225 hours of standby time, 8 hours of 3G talktime, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 8 hours of 3G and 4G LTE browsing, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music playback.

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Mind-numbing digits apart, as a loyal Android user, the biggest grievance I’ve had is the eye-candy element that Apple iPhone brings to the table (and Android smartphones generally do not, with the possible exception of Sony’s Xperia line-up). iPhone does not let me rest either — the iOS 6-powered “world’s slimmest smartphone” is built entirely of glass and aluminium.

Currently, Samsung leads the smartphone market with a little over 32% of the market share, followed by Apple at 17%. Will the iPhone 5 reset the statistics and help Apple inch closer to Samsung? What do you think? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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