Mobile World Congress is an event held annually in Barcelona Spain where mobile companies show off their new products. This year, during MWC 2015, we have seen the release of two new flagship devices from two of the biggest Android smartphone manufacturers in the world. Samsung has released their new Samsung Galaxy S6 (S6), and HTC has released their new HTC One M9 (M9).
So how do the HTC One M9 and Samsung S6 stack up against each other?
Specs wise, these devices are not far from each other. The M9 and the S6 both have 3GB of RAM and both run the latest Android software, 5.0 Lollipop. The display size of the two devices is only off by a bit, with the M9 sporting a 5-inch, LCD, full-HD display and the S6 sporting a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. The processors are both octa-core processors, just different versions. The M9 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and the S6 has the Samsung 64-bit Octa-Core processor.
The design is where we see stronger differences between the two new flagship devices. Seeing as how HTC has won awards for best smartphone with their flagship devices in both 2013 and 2014, they didn’t want to change much. Instead, HTC just took the award winning design and fixed the issues many people had complained about. So design-wise, the M9 is very similar to that of the past two flagship devices. The S6 is a different story, with plenty of changes with the goal being to provide consumers with a premium device. The S6 now has metal siding and a glass panel for the back plate. Some may say the S6 took its design cues from the iPhone 6, and we’d agree.
The camera is one area that the HTC One M8 was scrutinized for, with the lack of megapixels and the performance of what HTC calls the Ultra Pixel. This time around, HTC has decided to listen to consumers and change the back camera to a 20mp camera on the back. The Ultra Pixel is still here though, just moved to the front of the device. HTC also is keeping and expanding on the Eye Experience that so many people loved in the M8. The S6 took a different approach by not changing the camera at all. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S6 has a 16mp camera on the back and a 5mp camera on the front. The camera in last years model from Samsung wasn’t as picked apart as the HTC model, so that could be a reason not to change it very much.
The S6 and the M8 both have very different displays, one being an LCD display and the other being an AMOLED display. On the M9, the 5-inch LCD display is capable of high-quality colors and contrasts, but may not be as sharp as the 5.1-inch AMOLED display on the S6. However, for the two displays, it comes down to preference, no matter which you choose, they both perform well.
The S6 comes with a 2550 mAh battery which is a step below where Samsung was last year. Speculation suggests that Samsung has opted this smaller battery due to space issues. The M9 has a 2840 mAh battery inside, and if numbers mean anything here than the M9 should have longer battery life. However, when it comes to the battery and how long it lasts, it all depends on how well the devices use that power. Sometimes a device with a smaller battery can outlive the bigger battery. This will just have to be left to real world testing.
Both the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 are no doubt, premium devices. Both will produce great images and videos, both will run smoothly and both will feel premium in the hand. At the end of the day, it will come down to preferences by each user. Some will prefer the LCD display of the M9 and others might like the glass back panel of the S6. No matter which one you choose, we are sure you’ll love either one as your smartphone.