In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launches last Sunday at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, we’ve wondered if the Galaxy S6 edge is good-looking if a little pointless, and pointed out six key differences between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
Here we’re pitting Android’s latest flagship arrivals against each other in a fight to the death. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a blood-soaked Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9 spec comparison.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: design
The Galaxy S series has long been criticised for failing to live up to flagship-level design expectations, with last year’s S5 adopting a bizarre perforated rear, but there are no such concerns this year.
The all-new Samsung Galaxy S6 design was one of the headline features at launch, with the flagship adopting premium glass and metal.
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge pushes the boat out even further, with a display that curves at the left and right.
The HTC One M7 (2013) and One M8 (2014), meanwhile, were largely praised as two of the sexiest smartphones of all time. As such, the One M9 sticks with the metal unibody design we all know and love.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: dimensions
- Samsung Galaxy S6: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: 142 x 70 x 7mm
- HTC One M9: 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6mm
There’s not a great deal in it when it comes to height and width, but the HTC One M9 is notably thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
There is, however, a very good reason for that (see ‘battery’ below).
It’s perhaps worth noting, too, that the HTC One M9 is the tallest of the trio, despite having a marginally smaller display, though it does have front stereo BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio 3 surround sound.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: display
If you demand the very best in terms of specs, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, both of which have a 5.1in QHD display (577PPI). That’s a resolution of 2560 x 1440, or 3.7 MILLION pixels.
The HTC One M9, meanwhile, settles for 1080p HD on its 5in display (441PPI), roughly 2 million pixels total.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: processor and RAM
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge emphatically eschew Qualcomm in favour of Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7420.
The HTC One M9 sticks with its old friend, and rocks the relatively new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810.
Benchmarks, clock speeds, yadda yadda yadda. We’re sure all three of these phones will prove plenty powerful in real life use, the trio all having 3GB of RAM, too.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: cameras
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge welcome optical image stabilisation (OIS) to the S series for the first time, deftly countering shaky hand syndrome. Specifically, it’s a 16MP camera on the rear, and 5MP shooter on the front.
The HTC One M9 does away with UltraPixels and Duo Lens camera tech on the rear, adopting instead a Toshiba-made 20MP rear snapper, while it’s a 4MP UltraPixel camera on the front.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: storage
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, though we’re slightly dubious about the availability of the latter two.
The HTC One M9 comes with just 32GB internal storage, but with the added bonus of a microSD slot, welcoming up to 128GB further storage, or 160GB total.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: battery
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge both have non-removable batteries, which is a slight concern considering the juice units weigh in at a relatively modest 2,600mAh.
Meanwhile, this is the one category where the HTC One M9 truly shines, with a more generous 2,840mAh battery.
Incidentally, those batteries go a long way to explaining why the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are so thin, while the HTC One M9 is comparatively chubby. If you ask us, we’d rather have the flab and the battery, but that’s completely subjective.
All three phones – the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 – have fast charging capabilities, while the former two benefit from wireless charging, too.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: colours
- Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum
- Samsung Galaxy S6: Blue Topaz
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: Emerald Green
- HTC One M9: Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold, Gold/Pink
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: price
With more than a month to go till the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date (April 10), price rumours are rife, but it’s specifically suggested that the 32GB S6 might be €50 cheaper than the 32GB HTC One M9.
Here’s the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 pricing in full:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (32GB): 699 Euros (£506)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (64GB): 799 Euros (£579)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 price (128GB): 899Euros (£651)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (32GB): 849 Euros (£615)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (64GB): 949 Euros (£688)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge price (128GB): 1049 Euros (£760)
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: conclusion
Shall we finish with Pros for both phones?
Samsung Galaxy S6
- All-new glass and metal design
- Thin and light
- High-res QHD display
- Optical image stabilisation
- Wireless charging
- Possibly cheaper?
HTC One M9
- Familiar premium design
- Thicker and heavier; more solid in the hand
- MicroSD slot for flexible storage (up to 160GB total)
- Larger battery
- Front stereo BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio 3 surround sound
- Fast charging
- Fast processor with 3GB of RAM
- Several colours