Samsung and HTC Launch Phones to Compete with Recent Apple Release

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In Barcelona, Spain, the Mobile World Congress recently took place and Samsung, as well as HTC, announced new phones that they will be making available to purchase for a variety of carriers. Samsung has recently stated that they will be releasing the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge on April 10. HTC also unveiled the HTC One M9 at MWC, and should be hitting stores soon after Samsung.

HTC changed little from their previous model, the HTC One M8. The new HTC One M9 also looks identical to its predecessor, with the very same aluminum unibody design. The new HTC One M9 has the physical power button placed on the side, a noticeable difference. The M9 is lightweight and will boast a five-inch Full HD LCD screen.

According to Forbes, “It has the same 5-inch screen, it’s similar in weight, the large Boomsound top and bottom speakers are still present, the positioning of the front facing camera is the same, it still uses Gorilla Glass 3, the bezels are marginally thinner and – thankfully – there’s still a micro SD card slot.”

The HTC One M9 will contain an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory. The M9 also features a 2840mAh battery cell and a 20 megapixel camera for the rear camera; however, the front camera on the smartphone is only slated at four megapixels. The HTC One M9 will be operating on HTC’s new software, Sense 7. HTC did not announce a retail value for the new smartphone because of variations based on location and carrier.

The two new Samsung S6 smartphones will feature 32 GB, 64GB and 128 GB storage options when they are released on April 10. The phones have been upgraded from a previous plastic casing design to having a metal bezel body. The S6 and S6 Edge will both have five-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screens. The S6 and Edge will have a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 577 pixels per inch on the smartphone’s screen.

The major difference between the S6 and S6 Edge is the curved screen the Edge has.

According to the Huffington Post, “you can assign colors to contacts – assign green to calls from your boss, and the phone will emanate a visible green light from the curved part of the screen when the phone is face down.”

The S6 and Edge will also feature a 16 MP camera on the back that has auto real-time high-definition resolution. The front camera on both phones will have a 5 MP and the phone runs on a 64-bit, octa-core processor.

“I haven’t heard of the HTC One M9, but the new Samsung S6 seems really cool and I plan on getting one soon,” said senior Amanda Fiorilla.