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Looking At The Samsung Galaxy S6 Vs. HTC One M9 And The Competition

Last updated: August 2, 2018.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Vs. HTC One M9 And The Competition

Both Samsung and HTC announced their latest flagship smartphones at the MWC 2015.  Let’s take a look at how these two look side by side and how they compare with some of the best headsets available for the last generation

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Hardware

Display

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S6 now uses QHD display technology. It has a 5.1-inch screen Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 for pixel density of 577 ppi
  • This makes it a match for the Nexus 6, LG’s G3 and the Galaxy Note 4.
  • The HTC has stuck to LCD for its display which has a 5-inch screen for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for a pixel density of 442 ppi
  • For a 5-inch handset, 1080p is more than adequate.
  • The Galaxy S6 has a slight advantage for close viewing distances and the AMOLED technology makes colors more vivid.

Processor

  • Both these devices are the first 64-bit flagships for their respective companies.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 uses a 14nm Exynos 7420
  • The HTC One M9 uses a 20nm Snapdragon 810
  • Both these processing packages use an octa-core ARMv8-A Cortex A57/A53 configuration.
  • They have a good balance of peak performance and low power consumption.
  • Samsung’s package consumes just a little less energy and these energy savings can be used for performance or to stretch out battery life.

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Battery

  • Both the Samsung Galaxy s6 and the HTC One M9 have batteries that are below the 3,000 mAh average of the handsets of the last generation.
  • The Galaxy S6 has a 2,550 mAh battery
  • The HTC One M9 has a 2,840 mAh battery

GPU

  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 uses an ARM Mali-T760
  • The HTC One M9 uses an Adreno 430
  • A QHD display can put some strain on the graphic chip when games are played but the Mali-T760 on the Galaxy S6 performs adequately.
  • The performance of the M9 during gaming is not an issue.

Storage

  • Samsung is no longer offering a microSD card slot for the Galaxy S6. It does offer 128 GB of on-board storage
  • HTC offers only 32 GB of on-board storage with the One M9 but still offer a microSD slot.
  • The on-board storage option of the HTC One M9 is on par with that of other available handsets, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 exceeds them.

Camera

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  • Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S6 with a 16 MP OIS in the rear and a 5 MP in the front.
  • HTC has equipped the One M9 with a 20 MP in the rear and a Ultrapixel in the front.
  • HTC has upped their resolution game and also now use a back-illuminated sensor for better performance in low-light.
  • 20 MP and 16 MP are close in terms of sharpness so it will be low-light as well as noise performance which will be the deciding factor as to which camera is better.
  • The front cameras on both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9 exceed most of the front cameras on recently released high-end smartphones

Extras

  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 has improved their fingerprint scanner. This is in preparation to support Samsung’s upcoming NFC payment platform.
  • Both the Galaxy S6 and the One M9 have fast charging but the One M9 doesn’t have wireless charging options.
  • HTC still has BoomSound in the One M9
  • The One M9 has faster Cat 9 LTE speeds at 450 Mbps then the Galaxy S6’s Cat 6 with 300Mbps.

 

Other Hardware observations

  • The performance between the Galaxy S6 and the One M9 are almost identical
  • The performance of these two devices are about par to that of high-end handsets such as the Galaxy Note 4 and the G Flex 2

Software

  • Samsung still uses their TouchWiz software in the Samsung Galaxy S6. They have trimmed it down.
  • HTC has always had a great record of brining excellent features while still having a smooth performance.
  • Both the Galaxy S6 and the One M9 support themes.
  • Both have Android Lollipop. As almost all of the last generation handsets have similar upgraded versions of Android.
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Conclusion

  • With the One M9, HTC offers refinements to last year’s 5-inch flagships. They have improved the specifications, added a bit more processing power and have all the features needed.
  • The One M9 only disappoints in the sense that the look and specifications are not that much different than last year’s.
  • With the Galaxy S6, Samsung set’s itself up as a leader when it comes to hardware. They used the very best of their display technology in the Galaxy S6 and have added more advanced SoC hardware and some additional features.
  • The Galaxy S6 really feels like an upgrade from the last generation and could become the best performing QHd handset available. The small battery is the only hitch.

What do you think about the Galaxy S6 and the One M9?

JR

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