iPhone 6
Screenshot of purported iPhone 6 4.7-inch model from Marques Brownlee's YouTube video.Screenshot from Marques Brownlee's YouTube video.

With the release date of iPhone 6 drawing near, it is natural for gadget lovers to draw comparison with its counterparts in the smartphone market. Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone will take on arch rival Samsung Galaxy S5 besides products from other major mobile handset makers like HTC, Sony and Nokia when it is unveiled next month.

Apple Inc. hasn't uttered a word on its upcoming next-generation device but several reports claimed that it will arrive a few weeks from now. A source told MacRumors citing an internal Apple Retail Store meeting that iPhone 6 could be unveiled on 16 September before releasing it on 14 October. It added that a senior Store Leader mentioned the date would be an "immense" day for Apple and the month of October would be busy for both the company and its stores. 

The report contradicts earlier claim by ApfelPage that put the release date on 19 September. The German website cited leaked internal documents of German wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom as a hint on the release of iPhone 6.

Apple's new smartphone may give Samsung Galaxy S5 a run for its money when it is released next month. Features of Galaxy S5 look more impressive on papers but history indicates iPhone may survive the competition.

The Cupertino giant will launch two models of iPhone 6 - 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. It is the smaller variant that may have a 1920x1080p (440ppi) resolution, protected by sapphire crystal glass screen that will take on Galaxy S5, which boasts of a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (432 ppi pixel density). Apple's device will be powered by a 20-nanometer A8 chip (64-bit) processor and run on iOS 8 while Samsung's flagship smartphone is powered by Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 and run on Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS.

iPhone 6 will come in 16/32/64/128 GB variants and come packed with 2GB RAM, while Galaxy S5 comes in 16/32 GB variants with 2 GB RAM and microSD up to 128 GB. Samsung's device has a 16 MP camera with 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus and LED flash features and powered by Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery, while Apple's upcoming device may have an 8MP camera with upgrades, including flash and Optical Image Stabilization, and houses 2,100 mAh or 1,800 mAh battery.

Check out specification comparison between iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5:

Models iPhone 6 4.7-inch Model Samsung Galaxy S5
Display 4.7-inch sapphire crystal glass screen with 1920x1080p (440ppi) resolution 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (432 ppi pixel density)
Processor 20-nanometer A8 chip (64-bit) Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
OS iOS 8 Android v4.4.2 KitKat
Camera 8MP camera with upgrades, including flash and Optical Image Stabilization 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Memory 16/32/64/128 GB, 2GB RAM 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM; microSD up to 128 GB
Battery 2,100 mAh or 1,800 mAh battery Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

The next-generation device from Apple Inc. may have several value added features like low temperature polysilicon in-cell touch panels, Touch ID fingerprint security, NFC and metal casing, reported Apple Insider citing analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu also claimed that the device might feature sensors that can detect pressure, temperature and humidity.

On the other hand, Galaxy S5 has several features, including dust and water resistant, and sensors like accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture and heart rate.

Galaxy S5 has a price tag of $660 when it was launched a few months ago. Apple hasn't revealed the price of its upcoming flagship smartphone but it may cost more than Samsung's device if the price of its latest device is any indication. It may be mentioned that 16GB variant of iPhone 5s (unlocked) was priced $649. Several reports suggested that use of sapphire crystal glass could increase the price of iPhone 6.