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Samsung May Pitch New Phone Against iPhone 5

Korean manufacturer Samsung may be mulling over plans to slash its product cycles and release a new top-end mobile phone to take on the Apple iPhone 5 which is now expected to come in September.

Apple rivals might have been taken by surprise by the company's decision to diverge from its regular annual product refresh, and given that by the time the iPhone 5 is released their own flagship handsets will be at least six months old, it doesn't come as a surprise that some may be considering new iPhone 5 rivals.

Popherald claims (opens in new tab) that sources located in Asia have confirmed that Samsung will have a new Android-powered phone - launched in August or September - that will be pitted against the iPhone 5, one that apparently won't carry the Galaxy branding and which will come with better specs.

Expect a 1.4GHz dual core Samsung Exynos SoC (up from 1.2GHz), 1GB RAM and Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface.

The latest Android build will bring Google Talk with support for video calls as well. The current Samsung Galaxy SII is already a successful product and packs the very best features you'd expect from a high end smartphone including NFC, an ultra slim chassis and a large 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.