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The iPhone 6s vs. the competition: Is it enough?

Kris Naudus, @krisnaudus
September 9, 2015
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The iPhone 6s is here, featuring the same basic body as last year's edition but with a new rose gold aluminum finish, a stronger glass display and pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. There are quite a few improvements under the hood as well, including a faster processor and an improved OS. But, with rival companies coming out with phones that are lean, fast and affordable, is the 6s still the must-have handset this fall? We've been impressed with offerings from Samsung and LG this year, but how do they fare against Apple's latest?

iPhone 6s Samsung Galaxy S6 LG G4
Pricing $199, $299, $399 varies by carrier, starts at $129 on AT&T $199
Known dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm (5.65 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches) 153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1 mm (6.06 x 3 x 0.24 inches)
Weight 5.04 ounces (143g) 4.87 ounces (138g) 5.47 ounces (155g)
Screen size 4.7 inches (119.38mm) 5.1 inches (129.2mm) 5.5 inches (139.7mm)
Screen resolution 1,334 x 750 (326ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (576 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (538 ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD, Retina HD Super AMOLED Quad HD IPS Quantum
Battery 1,715mAh (non-removable) 2,550mAh (non-removable) 3,000mAh
Internal storage 16/64/128GB 32/64/128GB 32GB
External storage None None microSD (up to 2TB)
Rear camera 12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size 16MP, LED flash 16MP, f/1.8, LED flash, HDR
Front-facing cam 5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2 5MP 8MP, f/2.0, OIS 2.0
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.1 v4.1 BLE
SoC Apple A9 Samsung Exynos 7420 Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
CPU NA 2.1GHz, 1.5GHz octa-core 1.8GHz hexa-core
GPU NA ARM Mali-T760 MP8 Qualcomm Adreno 418
RAM NA 3GB 3GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Operating system iOS 9 Android 5.0 Android 5.1
Standout features 3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash Accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, fingerprint scanner, auto real-time HDR Interchangeable back covers

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