iPhone 6 on Release Date Will Provide Only Marginal Battery Improvement; 4.7-Inches iPhone 6 to Use Sapphire Crystal

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 8, 2014 2:25 PM EST

With two variants lined up for release this year, speculations pertaining to the specifications and release date of the upcoming iPhone 6 are plethoric. Going by the new report, the iPhone 6 release date could very well be one of the following: Sept 12, Sept 19 or Sept 25. Another report stated that, these dates might all be true depending on the country of iPhone 6 release.

With the release date unconfirmed, we now have information about Sapphire Crystal usage, the much-awaited battery specification of the iPhone 6 and the comparison between top smartphones specific to battery capacity.

Sapphire Crystal in 4.7-Inches iPhone 6 Model

Initial reports suggested that, only the 5.5-inches iPhone 6 variant would use sapphire crystal due to the limited availability of this material. However, recent report hints that 4.7-inches iPhone 6 model will also use sapphire crystal, says Phone arena.

A YouTube video uploaded by Marques Brownlee shows an iPhone 6 front panel from Apple's production line. Notably, it is not a dummy render that have been doing rounds in the internet space. In the video, the front panel was tortured with an assortment of items including a knife but the panel was able to come clean with no scratches. The same front panel was also bent but it looks to have durable and flexible panel. Interested readers can scroll down to check out the video.

iPhone 6 to Provide Only Marginal Battery Improvement

With iPhone 6 release date nearing, the expectations around the battery unit in specific are rife. In the hindsight, Apple has always been criticised for its relatively inferior battery unit, when compared to Android counterparts.

Going by the reports from China (via GforGames), Apple's iPhone 6 will reportedly come with only a marginal battery improvement. In specific, the battery unit will provide very minimal improvement from the iPhone 5S.

Apparently, the same Chinese media also revealed the battery specification of iPhone 6. The 4.7-inches iPhone 6 variant will house a battery unit between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, whereas the 5.5-inches iPhone 6 model will come with a 2,500 mAh battery unit.

It is worth mentioning that, the iPhone 5S comes with 1,560 mAh battery unit and if the current reports were true, Apple will have tough time to battle with the imminent competition from all the high-end Android phones. Here is a list of high-end phones and their battery specifications

Smartphone Battery Unit
Samsung Galaxy S5 2800 mAh
Sony Xperia Z2 3200 mAh
HTC One M8 2600 mAh
LG G3 3000 mAh
Nexus 5 2300 mAh
Moto X 2200 mAh
iPhone 6 1,800 to 1,900 mAh (Reportedly)

The modest battery improvement is attributed to the ultra-thin design of the upcoming iPhone 6. As GforGames rightly points out, even though the bigger screen size of the iPhone 6 will create more volume for larger batteries while sustaining a thin profile, the screen itself would eat up the battery charge to back the higher pixel strength and the screen resolutions.

Moreover, the device's screen is not the only attribute that governs the battery life; hence Apple could work on the software and hardware performances to help sustain longer battery life. Not to forget, the new iOS 8 comes packed with battery improvements.

Here is the video uploaded by Marques Brownlee:

What do you think of the iPhone 6's battery unit? Will you prefer a better battery unit over a thin-profile? Feel free to leave a comment.

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