HTC One A9 vs Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6: specs comparison

HTC One A9 vs Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6: specs comparison
The HTC One A9 is the latest device to join the ranks of HTC's 2015 portfolio. The phone is certainly imbued with the hopes to help turn things around for the company, which is not in its greatest shape. 

HTC says that the One A9 is offering an incredible design, fantastic performance, cutting-edge software features and the freedom to take full control of your smartphone experience. But will this mid-range offering rekindle interest in the company, or not? This question will be answered in the following months. 

Until then, we have more than enough time to nitpick at the One A9 and compare it against the rivals it has to face. Two of these are the Apple iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S6 - champions that need no introduction. Here's how the trio fares specs-wise.

HTC One A9 vs Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
4.7 inches
5.1 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

440 ppi
326 ppi
577 ppi

Technology

AMOLED
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

66.17 %
65.71 %
70.48 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
500 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

13 megapixels
12 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Flash

Dual LED
Dual LED
LED

Software Features

RAW image capture, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Effects
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Geo tagging
Manual focus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Scenes, Effects, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

 
 
MPEG4, H.264

Features

Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling

Front

4 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
 
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.74 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches (145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Metal
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 8952
Apple A9 APL0898
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420

Processor

Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm

GPU

Adreno 405
PowerVR GT7600
Mali-T760 MP8

RAM

3 GB
2 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32 GB
128 GB
128 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 
 

OS

Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), HTC Sense UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

2150 mAh
1715 mAh
2550 mAh

Stand-by time

 
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

18.0 days (432 hours)
the average is 27 days (659 h)
 
 

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

 
10 hours
10 hours

LTE

 
10 hours
12 hours

Wi-Fi

 
11 hours
12 hours

Music playback

60.00 hours
50.00 hours
57.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours
11.00 hours
13.00 hours

Cellular

CDMA

 
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
 

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 40, 41
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
 

Data

LTE-A Cat 7 (300/100 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

 
Apple Pay
Samsung Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, Wireless screen share
 
DLNA, Wireless screen share

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 500
$ 849
 



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21 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1767; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

They have to be trolling everyone from Google to Apple with the A9.

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

it doesn't mean it's launched to be a troll, however the name could have been.

3. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Please don't compare this new HTC to proper flagships. It's blasphemy.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The iPhone 6s isn't a proper flagship.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Stop :(

19. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

It's sad then.. When the iPhone doesn't have flagship specs but get killer Samsung style benchmark tests

21. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yaa really sad

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Damn, the GS6 bitch slaps the entire 2015 competition quite easily. Definitely should have scored higher than the 9.3 or the iPhone 6s should have scored much lower.

12. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I own both iPhone 6s and Galaxy s6. I can say that 6S is much better than S6 (especially in performance) except camera and screen quality. But S6 is better than iPhone 6. iPhone 6s>Galaxy s6>iPhone 6

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I own both and the GS6 butch slaps the 6s in all areas except gaming but that's only because of that cap 750p screen.

6. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Don't understand this comparison.. These phones aren't in the same class

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

PA's score logic has always been in Apple's favour, regardless of the device's performance against the competition. meh *cough*

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

and this comparision is simply about price-to-performance ratio, and not phones with overated specs but laggy real-word performance, not some few high-end specced phones with atrocious price tags. [à la Apple). *cough*

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Don't forget Sammy with the "atrocious price tags"!!

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No not really.

20. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yes really.

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Did the galaxy s6 and iphone 6s have a baby

11. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Cmon compare it with xperia m5 galaxy a8 or a7 but not with best of best flagship especially iphone 6 or s6

13. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Why not compare specs alongside with prices to see if it's worth it? why fucos more on specs but less on what will let consumers own those specs? That's why some OEMs will continue the to rip you off! *cough*

17. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

God! Samsung Galaxy S6 despite having larger display, full capacitive menu keys, larger battery is still narrower, shorter and thinner than HTC A-9. That's nothing short of impressive. I am definitely not a Sammy fanboy but these kind of achievements do make you consider your ill arguments against Samsung.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So is better than the other 2 combined. Can't wait for blind camera tests.

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