iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Apple's New Flagship Device Still Months Away, But What Are Its Standout Features?

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jul 31, 2014 12:50 PM EDT

Samsung, like most other Android phone leaders this year, already launched its latest flagship device when the Galaxy S5 released in April, with Apple yet to counter with the iPhone 6.

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The American electronics giant has a history of launching its new smartphone in September, but a report from MacRumors suggests we may not see the iPhone 6 until October 14. This goes against the recent analyst predictions of a late September launch, but together the two indicate it may be a while yet until the phone is on the market.

Samsung, HTC and others have had plenty of time to market and sell their devices already, with Apple's main selling point not yet clear. A new sapphire glass screen was rumored to lead the way, but industry researches have observed that it does not seem likely Apple will have enough of the material ready for launch in the fall.

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What does seem to be consensus at this point is increased display and device size, with a 4.7-inch model expected to be the standard. While not as large as the S5 or HTC One M8, it's a jump up over the iPhone 5S, and is expected to be accompanied by a larger 5.5in model either at launch or down the road.Other rumors include NFC functionality (finally) and other features, but nothing that seems to make the phone stand out against its competitors. Of course, with Apple's brand and the iPhone's ability to sell, merely meeting the features of the Galaxy S5 and its contemporaries without its own killer attraction might be enough.

It's still several months away, but something tells me the iPhone 6 will manage to succeed regardless.

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