We look at leaks and rumours on Apple's iPhone 5se and Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini and check what they offer and if they're worth buying.
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The principle appeal behind iPhone 5se and Galaxy S7 Mini will be their size. While iPhone SE will sport a 4-inch display which is similar to that of the iPhone 5s, Galaxy S7 Mini will be half an inch taller at 4.6-inches and will be about as large as iPhone 6s.
iPhone 5se is also rumoured to be as thick as iPhone 5s with a depth of just 7.6mm. It will be comparatively thinner than the Galaxy S7 Mini which, as per GSM Arena, will be 9.9mm thick.
Apple iPhone 5se will come with a 4-inch display whose resolution hasn't been confirmed yet but what we know so far is that it won't feature the 3D Touch display like in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
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On the other hand, Sammobile confirms that Galaxy S7 Mini's 4.6-inch display will pack a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. At a time when most mid-range phones are switching from 720p HD to 1080p Full HD displays, we aren't sure if Samsung will be able to attract as many customers as it wants if display resolution becomes a major factor.
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Both Apple and Samsung aren't taking any chances with the quality of processors in their new mid-range phones. Apple has been slated to pack iPhone 5se with the latest A9 chip which Galaxy S7 Mini will feature Exynos 8890 chip which is currently vying with Snapdragon 820 in the race to become the fastest processor in the world.
As per a recent AnTuTu benchmark test results on GPU performance of smartphone chips, it turned out that the Snapdragon 820 chip scored 55098 while the Exynos 8890 finished at a meagre 37545 and it even trailed Apple's A9 chip which scored 39104.
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Techradar claims that iPhone 5se may feature a maximum of 16GB of internal storage. However, a 64GB variant may also be in the offing once the iPhone is released across the world.
#iPhone5se to have 4K video recording, 12MP camera.,may black of #3dtouch pic.twitter.com/Zd6x9JQHEK— jarvis (@Startech999) March 16, 2016
#iPhone5se to have 4K video recording, 12MP camera.,may black of #3dtouch pic.twitter.com/Zd6x9JQHEK
On the other hand, almost all experts and leaksters are silent about how much storage Galaxy S7 will feature. However, the 3GB RAM seems to be promising enough for a phone of its size and scope.
There have been conflicting rumours about the cameras that will come with iPhone 5se. As per 9to5Mac, iPhone 5se will feature "the iPhone 6 class 8MP and 1.2MP back and front cameras" while The Week claims that iPhone 5se will come with the same 12MP rear camera as in the latest iPhone 6s.
Has the #iPhone5se been revealed early? https://t.co/guf989yR2n pic.twitter.com/7jHhJFKqu9— Stuff Singapore (@Stuff_SG) March 15, 2016
Has the #iPhone5se been revealed early? https://t.co/guf989yR2n pic.twitter.com/7jHhJFKqu9
Both GSM Arena and The Week currently claim that Galaxy S7 Mini's rear camera will be a 12MP one but there is no world on the resolution in the front camera.
As per 9to5Mac, the new iPhone is mentioned as iPhone 5se either as a 'special edition' or as an upgrade of the iPhone 5s rather than a cheaper version of the iPhone 6s. To prove the point, Apple is introducing an NFC chip for Apple Pay in iPhone 5se which was not present in iPhone 5s. The new iPhone will also feature Live Photos like in iPhone 6s as well as the Rose Gold colour variant like in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
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However, available rumours and leaks have so far not suggested any special feature in Galaxy S7 Mini except for the Exynos 8890 processor. However, we won't be surprised if Galaxy S7 Mini supports wireless charging and Samsung Pay as well.
While Galaxy S7 Mini is still a mere speculation among industry experts, iPhone 5se has been subjected to leaked specifications, images and pricing details. With Apple's highly anticipated event set to take place in less than a week from now, we won't take long to find out.