How the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, and S6 Edge Stack Up Against Their Toughest Competition

By Tom Pritchard on at

Well, would you look at that. Three brand-new flagship level phones all announced on the same day. We all knew plenty about them thanks to the tireless work of the rumour mill, but it certainly is nice to officially see what the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge have to offer. Seeing it is all well and good though, what we really need to know is how do they hold up against the competition?

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Galaxy S6/S6 Edge

The stand-out feature has to the resolution on both Samsung devices. 2K displays are nothing new, but it's not often you get to see them on a screen smaller than 5.5-inches. As Darren pointed out in yesterday's hands-on, that insane resolution means the Galaxy S6 (and by extension the S6 Edge) has an insanely crisp display. Let's just hope that it doesn't tank the battery life.

The lack of an SD card slot is a big disadvantage, and a lot of you dear Giz UK readers have criticised the decision to focus on large amounts of internal storage. But as you can see, most of the phones in the table don't actually have an SD card slot. Worrying trend, or the way forward?

We also have the processor, and Samsung has chosen to go with its in-house Exynos range rather than outsourcing the component to someone like Qualcomm. Benchmark tests have shown that it's roughly the same as the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 that's included in the HTC One M9. While this doesn't give Samsung much of an advantage over HTC, but it's still a nice step up from the flagship phones launched at the tail end of last year.

The other distinguishing feature is the 5-megapixel front shooter, which shows that Samsung is still very much a fan of this whole 'selfie' thing. It may not be ahead of everyone else's camera, but it certainly is right at the top from a pure resolution perspective.

Really the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge aren't that special when it comes to pure hardware. The guts inside both phones are fairly comparative with other phones on the market, and the only real boost they've got over phones that have been out for a few months is the insane display and the boost in processing power.

HTC One M9

The One M9's resolution hasn't changed from its predecessor, but that's not a bad thing. 1080p is more than good enough for the average person, and doesn't have to deal with the battery drain commonly associated with higher resolution displays.

The obvious thing to note is that HTC has finally done away with an Ultrapixel camera on the rear of the phone, and has replaced it with a fairly standard 20.7 MP camera. Ultrapixel fans need not fear, however, because the tech has been included on the front of the phone where it can really do some good.

As mentioned with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Snapdragon 810 processor in the One M9 is comparable to the one found in Samsung's offerings. But that does mean the One M9 has a nice little boost over last year's flagships, and if you want to go for as much processing power as possible then it's definitely one to consider.

There's not much else to go on really, and in terms of pure hardware the One M9 is fairly similar to everything else that's already out there. It's quite a bit ahead of last year's One M8, but the rest? I'm not so sure.

Of course the specs don't tell us everything. They give us something to go on at this early stage, but until the phones get released and we have our chance to spend a significant amount of time with them then they're all we have. But how do you think the three of them stack up against what's already available? We'd love to hear your thoughts. as well.

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