Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6: specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6: specs comparison

With the new HTC One M9, HTC is hoping to get back on track and further re-establish itself as one of the "godfathers" of the industry. Tough times are ahead, though - Samsung and Apple, two of the larger rivals, already have prominent offerings on the shelves, and stealing market share from those will not be that easy.

Apple, in particular, has been on the run in the past few months, with its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breaking all records and establishing themselves as the best-selling smartphones in the past few months. Samsung, on the other hand, has just churned out the Galaxy S6, a smartphone powerhouse that aims to rekindle interest in Samsung's Galaxy line.

Here's how the trio fares specs-wise:

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6

Display

Display size

5.1 inches
5.0 inches
4.7 inches

Resolution

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

Pixel density

577 ppi
441 ppi
326 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

70.48 %
68.52 %
65.71 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

16 megapixels
20 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

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

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 27.8 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.4"; Pixel size: 1.2 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm

Flash

LED
Dual LED
Dual LED

Software Features

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264
H.264, MOV

Features

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

Front

5 megapixels
4 megapixels
1.2 megapixels

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

 
Splash
 

IP certified

 
IP X3
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
 
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Apple A8

Processor

Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit

GPU

Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 430
PowerVR GX6450

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
1 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128 GB
32 GB
128 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 

OS

Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), HTC Sense UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity

2550 mAh
2840 mAh
1810 mAh

Talk time

 
25.40 hours
the average is 21 h (1278 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
16.3 days (391 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)

Talk time (3G)

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

Stand-by time (3G)

 
16.8 days (402 hours)
the average is 27 days (659 h)
 

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

10 hours
 
10 hours

LTE

12 hours
 
10 hours

Wi-Fi

12 hours
 
11 hours

Music playback

57.00 hours
 
50.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
11.00 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, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD)

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

LTE (TDD)

 
Bands 38, 40, 41
 

Data

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay
 
Apple Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, Wireless screen share
DLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
 
$ 849




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14 Comments

1. Heisenberg_007

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

i think the htc doesn't look good while the screen is on...

10. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

S6 Specs are solid and leave iPhone 6 in the dust. This is just another market segment for Samsung. It will be interesting to see how the 5.0 - 5.4" handset segment does with: - no swappable battery - no SD card upgrade - no water resistance Maybe these features are trending for the 5.5" and larger phones. Only time will tell.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1422; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The S6 will still have the better camera. (And far easier to use.)

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Samsung is doing the right thing.

4. CarlosAguijosa

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

That battery live on that HTC!! 2840 mAh on a 5" 1080p will be awesome. I Think Samsung got it wrong there, 2500 mAh on a 5.1" 1440p, I think it's going to be good but not great.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1616; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dont know man. gear vr with 1080p? even reviewers said the note showed pixels how many pixels will the m9 show?

11. CarlosAguijosa

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yeah i know but actually how many people will actually use the VR, and if they use it, tehy will not use it all day...

13. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm,leas note that Samsung using 2k screen will do nothing to battery as it oled on the other side of the core lcd used by htc will have, pleas note htc battery will not even get close to s6 hahahaha, the 810 will kill it doa before no time

5. FluffyBled unregistered

The Galaxy S6 already blew everything else outta the water!

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

HTC M9 Looks better. However I wish to have both phones released so that We/ PA/the general public can find how each phone handles.

8. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

The iphone is undeniably lacking in... well, everything.

9. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

From the top the M9 looks like a remote

12. Eclectech

Posts: 336; Member since: May 01, 2013

Ummmm, it literally is a remote. There's an included IR baster to control your TV.

14. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

HTC wins with SD-slot, iPhone wins with Software-quality and Samsung wins because ... well, being the best copycat.

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