The battlefield is set and Samsung and HTC are the first ones to enter the ring.
HTC has unveiled its flagship for 2015, the HTC One M9 and Samsung competes with the Samsung Galaxy S6. The two phones are considered locks for top 3 or top 5 phones in 2015. But which one is better? Let’s break down the first impressions.
Design and Display
If it comes to design, both phones have risen to the occasion. HTC already had a beautifully designed phone with the One M8. However, the HTC One M9 takes things to a new level. The metal unibody is now in dual tone color, and the finish is even more impressive. No question, the One M9 is the better looking device. Samsung has done a great job with the design, wrapping the Galaxy S6 in a metal and glass unibody. This cost Samsung one of its main advantages, the removable battery, but it might be worth it since the company has managed to lower the thickness to just 6.9mm. For the display section, it is all about Samsung and its 5.1 QHD display. With a density of 571ppi, the Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers the sharpest display on the market. HTC offers just a full HD 1080p display, with size of 5 inches.
Hardware and Operating System
Both the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 are operated by a 64-bit chipset. The HTC One M9 uses the Snapdragon 810, with cores clocked at 2 GHz and 1.5 GHz respectively. The Samsung S6 and its Exynos 7420 are slightly faster, with cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and 1.5 GHz. In terms of RAM, both phones boast 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is limited at 32, 64 and 128 GB for the S6, but the phone no longer supports microSD card. The HTC One M9, on the other hand, comes in 32 GB version, but it can be upgraded with a microSD card.
As for the OS, the devices run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, with their respective skins on top of it. But it seems that Samsung has the upper hand, as the company has reduced the bloatware of the TouchWiz by 40%. HTC, one the other hand, hasn’t impressed many people with the BlinkFeed widget.
It is tough to say which phone is the better option here, as the HTC One M9 has the better front facing camera, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers a better rear camera. On the back, the S6 has a 16-MP sensor, but with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization, it easily tops the sheer power of the 20-MP sensor of the HTC One M9. For the front camera, however, the ultrapixel sensor of the HTC One M9 delivers better quality pictures even in low light conditions.
While the HTC One M9 has a bigger battery, with capacity set at 2900 mAh, Samsung can claim victory here as well. While the phone has just 2550 mAh battery, the Galaxy S6 supports wireless charging, and has some nifty features for fast charging.