On January 14th, the Congress of Deputies announced in the BOE the closing of a contest that began in September of last year, aimed at replacing the terminals that were previously given to Spanish legislators. The Congress has been providing these devices to members of the Chamber for several years, although legislators are given the choice between iPhone and Android, the majority choose the former.
The last time the mobile fleet was renewed was five years ago, when the iPhone 8 with 256 GB of memory was selected as the phone for legislators. At the time, it was one of the most advanced models from Apple, but it still featured the fingerprint identification system TouchID and a physical button on the bottom to access the home screen.
The Congress of Deputies believes that since its launch, these phones may stop receiving software updates this year, which could pose a security risk for the devices. Therefore, the contest was launched to find newer models that will ensure the security and longevity of communication and data management of the legislators.
To replace them, the Congress of Deputies has purchased 550 iPhone 13 and 275 Samsung phones equipped with Android, for a total cost of 1,232,734.69 USD, a figure that has been criticized by both Unidas Podemos and Ciudadanos. The final cost per phone is 1,494 USD, much higher than the retail price of the device (especially in the case of Samsung), but the contract includes maintenance and other elements that increase the cost.
The change for legislators will be significant. In addition to the new buttonless design and facial recognition system, the iPhone 13 has other advantages when compared to the iPhone 8.
For example, the screen uses OLED technology and has a 6.1-inch size with a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 pixels. The iPhone 8 has an LCD screen of 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels. The new iPhone 13 also have better camera and processors, 5G capability, and improved battery life. The Congress of Deputies has chosen the iPhone 13 and Samsung because of the security features and support they provide to the legislators.
The iPhone 13 features the Apple A15 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 8 used the A11 Bionic chip. The A15 chip is significantly more powerful than the A11, meaning the iPhone 13 has faster performance and better graphics performance.
Additionally, the iPhone 13 has a dual-lens rear camera with an ultra-wide and wide angle lens, while the iPhone 8 only has a single lens rear camera. The new iPhone 13 is also 5G compatible, a technology that did not exist when the iPhone 8 was released. The new cameras and 5G capability is a game changer for legislators as it allows for faster and more efficient communication and work.