HTC has taken the covers off the One M9+, a device that shares the name with the company’s flagship device, but is larger and very different under the hood. Of course, every worthy phone must go against Apple’s smartphones, so today we are putting it in a cage fight with the iPhone 6 Plus. Which of the Pluses will take the crown?
HTC One M9+ specs
- Android 5.0
- 5.2-inch 2560x1440p display
- 2.2 GHz octa-core MedaTek Herlio X10 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- 20 MP rear-facing camera with depth sensor
- 4 MP Ultra Pixel fornt-facing camera
- 2840 mAh battery
- 150.99×71.99×9.61 mm
- 168 grams
iPhone 6 Plus specs
- 5.5-inch 1920x1080p Retina Display
- 1.4 GHz dual-core Apple A8 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16/32/64 GB of internal storage
- 8 MP iSight camera
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- 2915 mAh battery
- 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
- 172 grams
Design and build quality
The iPhone 6 may be very famous for its gorgeous looks, but that’s not really saying much when put up against another king of design. HTC is also known for its gorgeous aesthetics and the HTC One M9+ is not falling behind. This HTC handset is wrapped in an aluminum body, featuring that construction we have now come to expect from the manufacturer.
Both phones look good. The iPhone 6 Plus is definitely thinner, though. Where the phones really differentiate themselves is in construction and build quality. Apple’s smartphone is fragile. You remember #bendgate, right? It’s no good news when your phone starts bending for simply carrying it in your pocket.
On the other hand, HTC devices are build like tanks. The HTC One M9+ is just as solid as the One M9 and the One M8… and the One M7. This phone’s design simply emanates strength, and you can feel it from the moment you first hold it.
Display & sound
Here’s something else the iPhone is known for – screen quality. It’s no news that this is nothing but an over-hyped feature. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display. While it’s a very good quality screen, it’s no longer something to write home about in mid-2015.
The HTC One M9+ comes with a 5.2-inch 2560x1440p display (2K), which is a much higher resolution. That Super LCD 3 panel also ensures you get vibrant colors and good brightness.
Which is the winner? It’s a matter of preference. The iPone 6 Plus has a more color accurate screen, but the HTC One M9 will offer better resolution, more vivid colors and a much better sound quality.
By the way, there is no comparison here. The iPhone’s speakers are good, but nothing beats HTC’s mighty dual front-facing BoomSound speakers. There’s no contest there.
So here’s the real: these phones may look very high-end, but one of them is not really considered a premium smartphone. At least not in every sense. The HTC One M9+ comes with a MediaTek Helio X10 processor. While this is one of MediaTek’s better chips, the Chinese processor maker is still a bit behind. Both phones are very fast and will get things done, but there will be some differences in performance.
We tested the HTC One M9+ with AnTuTu’s benchmark and got a score of 44,547. This is good, as it’s up to par with pretty strong devices like the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s not high enough to beat the iPhone 6 Plus’ AnTuTu scores, though, which average at about 51,000.
Apple has one of the best cameras on the market, so it’s hard for any device to compete against it. So far only the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can compete. Now, this doesn’t mean the HTC One M9+ doesn’t have a good camera.
The HTC One M9+ comes with a 20 MP camera featuring a secondary depth sensor. This will allow you to play around with post-processing and use funner features. The pictures also happen to be pretty good. Do they beat the iPhone’s images? Not really, but you can have more fun with them.
The iPhone does fall behind when it comes to the front-facing camera, though. Apple’s lackluster 1.2 MP front shooter is no competition against HTC’s 4 MP UltraPixel front-facing camera. It will be great under low-light circumstances and offer great quality. In fact, it’s the same camera the One M7 and One M8 had in the rear.
There’s some factors to consider before making the right decision. The HTC One M9+ is a little more mid range (even if it isn’t priced as such), but that is only because of the processor. Everything else on the phone is the epitome of premium quality.
The iPhone 6 offers great looks, a color accurate display, a thin profile and a blazing processor, along with one of the best in-class cameras. Meanwhile, those who opt for an HTC One M9 will get much stronger specs (aside from the processor), a solid construction that happens to look great and the flexibility that Android brings to the table.
In terms of battery, both should be great, but it seems Apple will have the upper hand here. Not only is the iPhone’s battery slightly bigger, but the HTC One M9+ has much more pixels to push.
It’s a matter of preference, and of course, location. This phone is pretty much exclusive to Asia, and it doesn’t seem like that’s changing.