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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. HTC One M9 – Shiny Metal Or Shiny Glass?

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To compare the HTC One M9 with the Galaxy Note 5, it’s like comparing it to the Galaxy S6 flagship, while adding a bigger screen, more RAM and a Stylus. But, for those who are interested in the differences between these models, we’ll provide a detailed comparison.

Designs and Displays

The HTC One M9 isn’t very different from the One M8. It features an all-metal design with two thin horizontal strips at the back, the edges are curved, so that the device doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold. The subtle changes are the square rear camera, the redesign around the sides and the small lip which makes the phone more grippable. On the front side you’ll notice the dual speakers, which are placed above and below the 5-inch Super LCD3 screen with a Full HD resolution and 441ppi. The dimensions of the One M9 are 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm and its weight is 157 grams.

The previous Note 4 had a faux leather back and a metal frame, it was thinner, but the screen had the same size and resolution: 5.7-inch, using Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, which supports a QHD resolution, but the pixel density has been increased from 515 ppi to 518 ppi. The design of the Note 5 is premium, identical to that of the Galaxy S6, meaning that it has a reflective glass back, but the surface is prone to fingerprints and can be easily scratched, although it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. The sides are covered with a metal frame and on the front side, there’s the popular fingerprint scanner. In addition, the Note 5 has a stylus which allows you to take notes or to draw directly to the screen. As for the dimensions, the Note 5 measures 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and it weights 171 grams.

Hardware

The 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor octa core (with four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores running at 2GHz) stacks against the 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor (with four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores running at 2.1GHz), and the One M9 loses the battle because the RAM capacity is also smaller, 3GB, compared to 4GB.

The One M9 offers the possibility to expand the internal memory of 32GB up to 128GB, while the Note 5 offers two variants of 32GB and 64GB, which are fixed.

Cameras and Batteries

The One M9 has a 4MP Ultrapixel front camera, which has been used on the back of the M8. This camera will take great selfies in low light conditions, although the device doesn’t provide a LED flash on the front side. The rear camera, however, has been upgraded to 20MP, but its features are standard: LED flash, autofocus, HDR etc. The 2840 mAh battery should keep the device alive for around 22 hours, when making voice calls.

The Note 5 inherited its predecessor’s back camera, which supports 16MP, but in addition to the old features, Samsung brought new and improved ones, such as the possibility to make a video collage or to save an image in RAW format. The front camera has been upgraded also, so its new resolution is 5MP. The bad news is that the battery lost a bit of juice, being reduced from 3220mAh to 3000mAh.