The iPhone 6S edged to victory over the Samsung Galaxy S6 in the battle for the title of the year’s most anticipated smartphone, in a result that will nonetheless cheer Samsung after the lukewarm reception afforded to the Galaxy S5.
Apple’s iPhone 6S, which is likely to be an incremental update from the current-gen iPhone 6 and is expected to tip up in September, polled 28% in an onsite poll of 1,321 uSwitch Tech users who were asked which phone they were most looking forward to in 2015.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6, which has been the subject of a series of intriguing leaks ahead of its debut at Mobile World Congress on March 1st, was in second place with 26%.
The handset's strong showing comes after Samsung recently declined to put a number on Galaxy S5 sales in its profits announcement, sparking chatter of reputation-tarnishing weak sales for its flagship smartphone in the last quarter.
At third place in the poll was the HTC One M9. A creditable showing, that's for sure. But with just 11% of the vote, it seems unlikely to break the Samsung-Apple duopoly at the top-end of the phone market.
Like the HTC One M8, it’s shaping up to once again prove to be a tech-scribe’s favourite and all-round connoisseur’s choice, while failing to genuinely cross over to the mass of mainstream users.
At fourth place there was more good news for Samsung, with the Galaxy Note 5 securing 10% of votes and looking set to shore up the range’s status as the biggest-selling cult phones around.
Elsewhere, Sony’s Xperia Z4 picked up 9% to nick fifth in the rundown, with the LG G4 (5%) nestling at six.
The Microsoft Lumia Mclaren, aka the Lumia 1030, the Motorola Moto G were tied at 4%, and completing the field was the rank outsider the Mi5 from Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi with 2%.