We found that Samsung Galaxy S6 is a better phone than HTC One M9 thanks to its superior looks and specifications.
Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and are powered by Quad-core Cortex processors (1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 in S6 and 2 GHz Cortex-A57 in HTC One M9) paired with 3GB RAM. The phones, however, differ in the chipsets used. The S6 houses an Exynos 7420 chipset whereas M9 uses Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset.
The S6 variant, Edge, stands out of the crowd owing to extensions of its display to both sides of the phone. The face of this phone and that of its normal-display cousin are covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, an addition that protects its 5.1 inch (1440 x 2560 pixels) super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen from smudge and damage. The user interface provided on the S6 is Touchwiz. Also, the S6 is available in five colours: White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.
The M9, too, has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 covering its 5 inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen (1080 x 1920 pixels). The phone has a metal unibody and jewelry-grade finish. It uses the user interface HTC Sense UI 7.0.
Of the two smartphones, HTC M9 has a better rear camera. The camera is 20.7 megapixel with autofocus and dual LED flash. The Galaxy S6 has a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash. The rear camera advantage of HTC is countervailed by the front camera specs of the Galaxy S6. The S6 features a 5MP front camera, compared with the 4MP front camera of the M9.
Among the other features that the phones offer, Galaxy S6 provides users with options including geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, auto HDR and panorama. HTC One M9, in turn, offers automatic simultaneous video and image recording besides the S6’s feature set.
Storage-wise, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 comes with 32/64/128 GB internal storage with no facility to extend it using SD cards. HTC One M9 comes with 32GB of internal memory storage which can be expanded to 128GB using microSD cards.
In terms of connectivity, both Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 offer 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and infrared ports. A 2550mAh non-removable Lithium ion battery powers the S6, whereas a built-in 2840mAh lithium polymer battery juices the M9.
The battery on HTC One M9 is built to standby for 391 hours on 2G networks and for 402 hours on 3G networks. In power mode the phone offers 25.20 hours on 2G networks and 21.50 hours on 3G networks. Samsung hasn’t given specifics on its battery life.
The phones are expected to fuel competition among Android smartphones available in the market.
Vishal Kawadkar & Ajith Kumar S