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This is rather an unfair comparison, because for starters, the Note 5 is a winner in almost all departments, featuring a more luxurious design, a screen with a higher resolution, a more powerful processor and a bigger battery, being defeated only in the camera department, because HTC increased the resolution of its rear shooter. We’ll provide you a detailed comparison between the Note 5 and the One M9 and you’ll decide which phone to buy.

Designs and Displays

The HTC One M9 has an all-metal design which is very similar to that of the M7. The front doesn’t have any changes (the dual speakers are in their place), so you’ll tend to confuse it with the M7, but on the back, you’ll notice that the camera has a rectangular lens and the other camera which was sitting above is missing. The new available color options are Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold and Gold/Pink, which is a big improvement from the previous three versions (Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold). The dimensions of this successor are 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm, resulting in a total weight of 157 g, while the screen is Super LCD3 and it’s sized at 5-inch. This is the same screen which was used on the previous model and its resolution hasn’t been increased, being stuck at 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi).

The Note 5 is larger variant of the Galaxy S6 and it has nothing in common with the previous phablet, which featured a faux leather back with a metal frame. Samsung had a terrible 2015 year, being criticized for its choices to build the back covers of its devices. And the designers went back to the drawing board and worked on making the best looking Samsung phone, which is the Galaxy S6. Its success made the designers very lazy, because they haven’t brought anything new to the next Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy Note 5. But the phablet comes with the popular S Pen and has a fingerprint scanner inside the home button. The dimensions of this luxurious device with a glass back and metal frame are 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, it weights 171 grams and the phone is fitted with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD screen with a pixel density of 516ppi.


HTC opted for Qualcomm’s 64bit MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor with contains a pair of quad core CPUs clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GHz respectively, but they are outperformed by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 octa core processor which has four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores running at 2.1GHz. Moreover, the One M9 supports 3GB of RAM, while Samsung was more generous with its Note 5, equipping it with 4GB of RAM. The downside of this phablet – the internal memory can’t be expanded, but it comes in variants of 32GB and 64GB. The One M9 comes with a microSD card slot, which allows you to increase the internal memory of 32GB up to 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The Dual 4MP Ultrapixel rear camera from the One M8 has been replaced with a 20MP sensor with dual-LED flash and autofocus, but HTC hasn’t totally given up on the previous shooter, moving it to the front side of the One M9. As for the battery capacity, it has been increased from 2600mAh to 2840 mAh and comes with Quick Charge 2.0.

Samsung didn’t improve the rear camera of the Note 5, so it has the same resolution of 16MP and supports optical image stabilization, but the front camera was upgraded from 3.7MP to 5MP. The battery of the Note 5 has been downgraded from 3220mAh to 3000mAh, but it supports quick wireless charging and quick rapid charge.