As Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Samsung and HTC have both unveiled their respective 2015 flagship devices. First off, HTC this morning unveiled the One M9. The device features a Snapdragon 810 processor under-the-hood with a 2,840mAh battery to go with it. HTC infamously ditched Megapixels with its One M8 flagship, but this time around, the company is touting that the One M9 feature a 20MP rear-facing shooter with a f/2.2, 27.8mm sapphire lens and 4k video recording.
Visually, the One M9 looks almost identical to its predecessor…
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Samsung today unveiled two new flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.The devices are both powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor built off a 14nm process. The processor is coupled with 3GM and a 2550mAh battery (increases to 2600 on the S6 edge). The device will be available in either 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants. Samsung has ditched the microSD card slot and removable battery as well, in favor of a sleeker design. The design, instead of plastic, is now a combination of metal frames and an all-glass back. (Sounds familiar, right?)
Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge feature an all-new 16MP camera with optical image stabilization and new IR white balance. Samsung touts that you’ll be able to launch the camera in less than a second with only two press of the home button. Both phones also feature a 5.1-inch 2560×1440 display. There’s also a new finger print scanner within the home button that requires just a slight tap for activation, similar to TouchID on the iPhone.
Samsung’s event was ripe with sharp comparisons between its latest devices and the iPhone 6. Samsung, when talking about the new design of the Galaxy S6 took a stab at the iPhone 6 Plus and promised that its new devices would not bend.
Then while talking about battery life, Samsung presented a side by side chart of how long it takes the iPhone 6 to charge compared to the Galaxy S6. Samsung promises that its device is the “fastest charging phone” on the market, going from 0 to 100 percent in half the time of the iPhone 6.
Samsung also compared the lowlight performance of the Galaxy S6 vs the iPhone 6 in another side-by-side image. Finally, Samsung also touted that its new Samsung Pay mobile payment solution is available in 30 million merchant locations, while Apple Pay is available in 200,000.
Much more coverage of Samsung and HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements at 9to5Google…