There’s no doubt that 2015’s Mobile World Congress has been dominated by two eagerly awaiting smartphone handsets – The New Samsung Galaxy S6 series and the HTC One M9.
First up, the new M9. Very much an evolutionary design update over last year’s breakthrough M8 device, which was considered one of the best of 2014. The M9 has a similar unibody design with a thinner profile, upgraded 20 MP rear camera and of course its running Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0.
So the specs are as follows: It’s got a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon 810 octa-core system on a chip processor at 2GHz clock speed, a colossal 3GB of RAM and storage options coming in at either 32GB or 64GB. You hear that Apple? 32GB! Whatsmore, MicroSD expansion is also an option. The popular BoomSound speakers make a welcome return.
One criticism of the M8 was its slippery feel in the hand, hence the reason it came with a rubber case, the M9 resolves this issue, its easier to grip and has sharper edges. The HTC One M9 will be available in Europe and the US at the end of March. In the US it will set you back $649 off contract.
Moving on to the Samsung Galaxy S6. It’s got a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display at an insanely high resolution of 2560 by 1440, that’s a whopping 577 ppi. Its chassis features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 front and back with metal accents on the sides. Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 64-Bit SoC powers this device, which also comes with 3GB of RAM and storage options ranging from 32GB up to 128GB, however there’s no MicroSD expansion capability anymore.
The battery is non removable but the device supports Qi and PMS wireless charging along with fast USB charging. The 16MP rear camera should offer improved low light picture-taking.
The Galaxy S6 Edge is effectively the same device as the regular S6 but with sloping display edges on either side, offering additional functionality. You’ve got Edge lighting, that lights up the side of the phone when someone is calling, People edge, lets you swipe in the side to bring up a list of your most frequently used contacts, information stream, which gives you information and notifications, there’s also the night clock, introduced on the Note Edge.
These features seem gimmicky to me and won’t really improve your overall user experience. If the Galaxy S6 is cheaper than the S6 Edge, I’d have to recommend that instead.
Both the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets will no doubt be the two major smartphones to beat this year and have laid down a serious marker for other manufacturers and of course, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.
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