Apple plans 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch iPhones with curved glass to take on Samsung

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American tablet major Apple is planning to launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with curved glass, to take on Samsung.

Besides curved glass, these smartphones will have enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.

With screens of 4.7 inches (11.9 cm) and 5.5 inches (14 cm), the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones.

Canalys recently said Samsung, which is competing with Apple to increase tablet market share, is driving the growth of large screen smartphones.

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Market research agency Canalys said that smartphones with 5-inch and above now account for 22 percent of shipments or 56 million units in the third quarter of 2013. Breaking this down further, 66 percent of the 56 million smart phones had a 5-inch display, 31 percent had screens between 5-inch and 6-inch, while 3 percent had 6-inch or larger screens.

The Bloomberg report said the new handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, Bloomberg said citing the person, adding Apple probably would release them in the third quarter of next year.

Last month, Samsung said the cost of Galaxy Note smartphone (Galaxy Round) with a curved display will be $1,000 on SK Telecom network. Samsung’s new phone is available through South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom. The company is yet to announce release date for other markets.

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