How does the HTC One M9 compare to the Galaxy S6?
Mobile World Congress is now fading from our memory for another year, but it was quite an eventful one with both Samsung and HTC rocking up with their respective flagship handsets, as exepcted. HTC presented its One M9, a revamp of the popular One M8 from 2014, continuing the tradition of sleek, premium metal bodywork, high-end audio hardware, and a neat software UI package.
Meanwhile, Samsung pulled out all the stops following on from its damp squib Galaxy S5, essentially it has followed HTC down the route of premium exterior build with a metal and glass bodyshell. On top of that there’s plenty of high grade hardware inside to salivate over.
Samsung, more than any other OEM at present, has a lot to prove in 2015. It had a terrible 2014 with appalling Galaxy S5 sales (40% below expected levels) and limited growth on its 2013 figures. The result of all this doom and gloom was “Project Zero,” Samsung’s plan to completely reset, reboot and re-establish its Galaxy S brand.
Both HTC and Samsung have now confirmed the UK pricing for their respective 2015 flagship handsets. However, if you’re of a squeamish disposition you might want to avert your eyes for the next couple of lines, as the HTC One M8 will retail for $11oo SIM-free, a huge sum for a 32GB handset. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 will set you back $1299.99 for the 32GB version and $1699.99 for the 64GB version.
Initial orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE are off the charts too, as noted by The Korea Times: “Samsung received some 20 million pre-orders for the S6 and S6 Edge — 15 million of S6 and five million of the S6 Edge from mobile carriers, worldwide. This is the record.”
These are network orders, however, not consumer pre-orders. There is a difference. Apple only counts direct consumer pre-orders, while Samsung’s method is based on carriers around the world purchasing the handsets in order to sell onto consumers. Still, 20 million orders is not bad at all. Expect to see a lot of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE adverts on TV in the coming months. And a lot of sales too.
But it’s not just Samsung that has been hard at work: HTC has also been carefully refining and developing its next flagship and, again, the results are pretty damn compelling. So, yeah… Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and HTC’s One M9 are easily two of 2015’s most hotly anticipated handsets.
How Does The HTC One M9 Compare To The Galaxy S6?