One aspect of technology journalism I love and loathe are the opinions that tell us what something is, why it is the way it is, or why it’s not going to be the future we look forward to. One of the boy geniuses at BGR gives the perfect example of this in a recent headline:
Apple’s new iPhones are going to absolutely pummel Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9
We know diddly squat about whatever iPhone models Apple will push forward in six months or so, and we know slightly more than diddly squat about the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. Slightly more? Samsung leaks more than Apple.
So why and how are Apple’s unannounced and unknown iPhone models going to kill Samsung’s unannounced and unknown Galaxy Note 9?
Samsung uses the same core components in the flagship smartphones it launches in the second half of each year as it does in the first half.
Oh. I get it. Other than the bigger screen, Galaxy Note 9 is just a bigger Galaxy S9-whatever with a bigger screen and a bigger price tag.
Bigger, faster, and better, right?
Faster? Well, already performance benchmarks have leaked on Galaxy Note 9 and, blah, blah, ho hum, meh.
The phone’s scores were roughly in line with the current Galaxy S9, which isn’t surprising since the Note 9 that appeared on the Geekbench site is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Zach Epstein highlights the highlights this way:
Because this year’s Galaxy Note 9, which will launch around the same time as Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, won’t even be as powerful as last year’s iPhones.
Apple and Samsung have played technology leapfrog for years but this year is different. Samsung’s newest models don’t really perform any better than last year’s iPhone models, and the latest and greatest iPhone is just around the corner– bigger, faster, better, right?
That means better performance from Apple’s own chips, and improvements in Apple’s own iOS.
iOS 12 is the released (sic) that’s expected to give the iPhone lineup a real boost. Apple is reportedly delaying some new features in order to really focus on refining the user experience and squashing bugs. Add to that a next-generation Apple A series chipset that will undoubtedly offer levels of performance that have never been seen before on any mobile device, and you’ve got a next-generation iPhone lineup with power that is going to absolutely pummel the Note 9 and other 2018 Android phones.
Split infinitives aside, the idea here is that Apple’s future products will utterly kill Samsung’s future Galaxy Note because it will be kinda sorta mostly like Samsung’s current Galaxy line which compares in performance more to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus than iPhone X.