10 features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 that can't be found on the HTC One M9

After HTC and Samsung finally soothed our hunger and unveiled their newest devices, it's time to take a closer look at their newcomers and point out the defining differences between the new Galaxy S6 and its HTC rival, the One M9. Certainly, we'll be talking about these hot devices in the following months.

If you've been wondering what are some of the more defining features that separate the Galaxy S6 and One M9 apart, we've got you covered! We've highlighted some of the selling aspects of the Galaxy S6, which can't be found inside the specs sheet of the HTC One M9. 

Interestingly enough, just a year ago, we highlighted more differences between the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5, the companies' respective flagships. This year, however, HTC has decided to go take small evolutionary steps with the One M9, while Samsung took on a brand new exterior design for the Galaxy S6, not to mention the Galaxy S6 edge.

Note: We won't point out all differences in the camera department, as these are highlighted in a separate post. Don't forget to check out our hands-ons of the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 for additional impressions of these two gadgets.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also, its worth noting that GS6's HDR mode is auto meaning it turns itself on automatically if feels it needs HDR. Also, GS6 way more manual features and launches camera in 0.7 sec. The front facing camera also has significant wider FOV which comes quite handy when your subject (in this case yourself) is pretty close to you. And that's just the camera.

16. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

And it's Realtime HDR meaning that you no longer need to wait for the processing after taking the picture. You can just take the HDR picture like taking a normal picture.

40. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, what happened to faster hd speed

51. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

True, there was no mention of the faster emmc 5.1 storage that is in the S6. Plus there was no mention of the much faster DDR4 ram that is currently only in the S6. No other mobile device offers DDR4 ram. The DDR4 ram that is in the S6 is running at 1552 MHz. This is PC speeds.

52. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I also noticed there was no mention of the S6's wireless charging.

47. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

huh? "way more"? like how much more manual settings? lol.... HTC always had great manual controls of their camera settings and have had quick launch of the camera and extremely fast focus since the M8, the S6 is just finally catching up. The FFC you say is significantly wider than the M9 FFC? Please tell us how much wider? And it's also worth noting the Mode settings in S6 camera looks reeeaaal familiar...shameless Sammy, that was a direct rip off from HTC. Oh well, that's what they do!

2. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Nice, I wonder if the S6 fast charging is compatible with Qualcom Quick Charge 2.0. I bet many that already invest in Qualcom Quick Charge will hate to buy new extra charger for their car if samsung has different kind of quick charging system.

13. zviki

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

"Wireless charging: The S6 and S6 Edge have wireless charging built in, using WPC and PMA standards (that includes Qi). Samsung will sell its own charging pads, but the S6 phones will be compatible with some other chargers as well. You should be able to top up 20 percent of your battery in about a half hour. Quick-charging: Support for this fast-charging feature comes with the Exynos chip, which Samsung says should give you a 30 percent charge in about 30 minutes. In addition, the phones will work with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charger (like the Note 4's charger)."

15. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

THANKS FOR THE INFO. That's really a GOOD info for me.

37. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Zviki, I know the Quick Charge 2.0 charger can be use (backward compatible) with non Quick Charge compatible phone. I was wondering if you can check your source if the phone work with Quick Charge 2.0 in fast charging mode. Thanks.

3. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

... next PA article in 20 minute will be 3 feature of the HTC one M9 that can't be found on the Samsung Galaxy S6

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Apart from the expandable MicroSD slot and extra room on the bezel enough to park your car there isn't really much to brag about in favour of HTC.

8. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

For me, the ability to use Qualcom Quick Charger 2.0 is a PLUS

32. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Funny you would mention the bezels on the HTC One M9, because someone mention to me that not everyone is bitching and moaning about them....HTC should get their act together and get rid of those bezels. After 3 years and they still can't figure it out, or is that they think it those huge bezels look nice on the phone. Especially the top and bottom bezels.

34. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hey, bezels in M7 were perfect, in M8/9 the black bar is completely useless and should be ditched in last year.

38. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Seeing the CEO of HTC, Cher Wang, is out of fashion, I think HTC didn't understand fashion at all.

57. Z3R091 unregistered

This article only reliable on OIS and fingerprint scanner. Others is scrap!

5. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

1,2,3,4 doesn't matter to me...

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The lack of uninspiring design changes, which HTC just keeps trying to live off its laurels with something that momentarily struck a cord among the tech community; their relative apprehension to improve it in any way, shape or form, despite the design engineering short-comings is just baffling. With little to physically differentiate it in the eyes of the consumer, they'll just pass it up and mistaken it as something that's been seen on the market for the last year now. Not to mention it's sourcing off-the-shelf parts that every other phone has and is either old or unstable. The Super LCD 3 1080p display panel is old and outdated. It's efficiency, color accuracy, viewing angles and constrast hasn't been updated in 3 years, as the panel in which the 1080p display is based off of, is from 2012. So even the QHD displays in the Note 4 and S6 will be more color accurate and energy efficient, despite them driving a higher resolution, due to them being based on a more recent semi-conducting panel plane. The Snapdragon 810 in the M9 clearly isn't optimized for stability and performance, as it throttles; which will lead to worse battery life over a prolonged period of time and degraded performance too. As for the design engineering; they have so much wasted space; between the black bar that houses the consumptuous logo and the on-screen buttons that eat screen-real estate, you actually need a much bigger canvas to to house that 5 inch display. That's poor design right there; it's not all simply about the material construct. Not to mention some reports are citing that the 20 MP camera delivers merely passable results at best under normal environmental shooting conditions.

9. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

well said. I think HTC need to reduce the bezel & reduce the thickness of this HTC One M9.Or put a bigger battery compared to One M8

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That's another thing I didn't mention that you reminded me of... Despite it being almost 3mm THICKER than the S6, they couldn't even squeeze in a battery capacity that was more than 300 mAh denser than the S6. Most phones rocking 9 mm+ thickness have at least 3,300+ mAhs as well. The extra thickness is yet another wasted potential and example of bad design engineering.

23. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

AGREE. I guess the HTC designer got lazy, or their not 'in'. When I look at HTC CEO, Cher Wang, dress in the WMC 2015 HTC live streaming, I think, wow, do this company know fashion?

48. reggiebaby319

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I agree

46. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

A bigger battery compared to One M8? You do know the M9 battery IS bigger than the M8! wow...

25. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"It's efficiency, color accuracy, viewing angles and constrast hasn't been updated in 3 years" False, i have seen the original Butterfly's screen, the One M7's and the M8's (three different panels that you claim haven't been updated), and there were improvements in brightness and contrast from the Butterfly the One M7, screen clarity and viewing angles were improved from the M7 to the M8. But then again i talk because i held them three at the same time, not like you that talks about things you don't have a clue on. Where did you get the data that the M9 throttles? From that screenshot that PA posted from a test phone that had been all day running benchmarks while charging? Why don't you apply for a position at HTC since you're such a good design engineer? If you're going to diss at least do it properly and don't use your opinion as a fact.

33. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Lol, brightness degrades over time and there's age differences between the flagships, the screen contrast works hand in hand with the brightness. The best they can do is minor tweaks of no significant value. It's no supplement for using updated technology with better efficiency across the board. I don't really care about your subjective little story either. And Snapdragon throttling has long since been a reported issue, even in the G Flex 2 and before the chipset even had commercial availability. Cheer on your favorite company when they aren't sucking and sourcing old or cheap components as a cost cutting measure.

7. seven7dust unregistered

wow! this is a new low for Phone-arena , openly criticizing HTC and praising samsung. , Now I know how the reviews of these phones are going to turn out , good job not showing your bias. will you guys do the opposite ? list all the features that HTC has over Samsung. like bigger battery , SD cart slot , boom sound , Aluminum front and back etc... I know it's samsung time and all , but the sheer number of samsung articles is just way too much , almost feels like bribery at this point. is there any way to turn it off ?

11. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

bigger battery doesn't translate into longer battery life. Please remember that samsung use a VERY ADVANCE CPU... a 14 FinFET. and yes, in 15 minute, PA will post an article about HTC over samsung.

26. seven7dust unregistered

not when you have a power hungry 2k screen. either way lets wait for the real world results, I'm sure HTC will do well considering they already were at the near top with last years M8.

41. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's not a power hungry 2k lcd screen, it's oled, it can have 4k screen with no battery drain, do you have any idea about tech, it's better for oled to have this spec with the gpu it offers, I.e. It had not problems with the 69000 score it just got and gets on all bechmarks for the edge, even if you keep running it it keeps the score, good day

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