Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Specs winner is!


Two new flagships from Samsung and HTC were both announced on March 1 and will be vying for the attention of prospective buyers. Both are the next in successful lineups following on from the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Now it’s time to consider the Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9, and find out the specs winner of the two.

These are high-end smartphones that will be in plenty of demand, with both releasing in various world regions over the coming weeks. After they were announced we shared a concise comparison that focused purely on some of the benefits of each phone. Now we’re taking a fuller look and concentrating on specs, so that you can see what they have to offer and how they compare.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with four cores at 2.1GHz and 4 at 1.5GHz, and Mali-T760 graphics. The HTC One M9 has a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor with four cores at 2GHz and 4 at 1.5GHz, as well as Adreno 430 graphics.

The Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 and 577 ppi. The HTC One M9 has a 5-inch Super LCD3 display with Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 resulting in 441 ppi. Both displays feature Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

RAM and Storage
The new Samsung flagship has 3GB of RAM and comes in internal storage models of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (non-expandable). The HTC handset has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that’s expandable to 128GB via microSD.

Camera set-up
The Galaxy S6 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and optical image stabilization, and it’s capable of video capture of 2160p@30fps. It has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video capture. The One M9 has a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash, and 2160p video capture. It has a 4-megapixel front-facing snapper with 1080p video recording cabability.

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The Galaxy S6 has a non-removable 2550 mAh battery while the One M9 has a non-removable 2840 mAh battery.

Both handsets offer 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, WiFi Direct and WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, microUSB 2.0 and USB Host.

Operating System
The Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0.1 Lollipop skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The One M9 also runs Android Lollipop, but this time it’s skinned with HTC’s Sense 7.0 UI.

Dimensions and Weight
The Samsung Galaxy S6 measures 143.4mm x 70.5mm x 6.8mm and weighs 138g. The HTC One M9 measures 144.6mm x 69.7mm x 9.6mm and weighs 157g.

As this is a specs comparison we won’t go into all of the various features of each phone, but it’s worth noting that both are rich in features. Design preference will come into any decision between these two phones and a preference of the Samsung or HTC user interfaces could also be a deciding factor. You can find out much more about either phone including release and price news in our other articles on the Galaxy S6 here or for the One M9 here.

As far as specs are concerned it’s clear that both have plenty to recommend them. If you want a higher resolution display, a camera with OIS, or a higher level of internal storage then you might opt for the slimmer Galaxy S6. Alternatively if you want a phone with expandable storage, a higher megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, and a higher capacity battery, then your choice might be the One M9. Once you’ve considered the specs of these two devices we’d like to hear your thoughts.

Based on what is most important to you in a smartphone is your winner the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9? Maybe you’re waiting to see what other flagships such as the upcoming LG G4 or Sony Xperia Z4 will bring to the table? Let us know with your comments.


3 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Specs winner is!”

  1. LoubieLou says:

    Well what Samsung as Created in there Project-Zero is Just a iPhone 6 Copy,and Samsung have not thought about its Loyal Galaxy phone uses with the Galaxy S6,Samsung phones were Popular by Offering Features the iPhones didn”t offer,as Removable Battery and Micro sd Card Slot made there phones Popular,but to Suddenly lose these Options from Samsung seems Totally Odd,so the Galaxy S5 or Note 4 are Worth alot better now,at least the HtC M9 does offer the Micro sd Card Slot,but instead of investing into the Galaxy S6 alot Galaxy use will wait to see what Lg or Sony as to Offer First

    1. eema says:

      I agree… While it’s nice that Samsung went with better materials, it’s still the same design ,plus you lose sd card and removable battery. HTCs design didn’t change much either, but it was better looking to begin with.

  2. Ryan Lui says:

    I chose this over the Note 4 as the replacement for my Galaxy S4. Aside from the battery life, I love everything about this phone. It charges very quickly and the wireless charging works perfectly even though my Otterbox. NO REGRETS. Super fast and great phone.

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