Comparing HTC One A9 with Samsung Galaxy S7

Between HTC One A9, which was launched yesteryear around the month of November, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 that is going to hit the stores in March 2016, there might be confusion about which device to get. Here is a quick comparison between the two that should help you make up your mind on which device suits you better.


If you look at the HTC One A9, you would immediately think that it is an iPhone 6S with an HTC branding somehow.  Even HTC openly stated that they have used that iPhone design so that there is an Android alternative with something similar to Apple’s design language.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be indistinguishable from its predecessor, the Samsung S6 to the uninformed. There are mild changes like the back is a bit curved to the sides, and the device is more refined than the S6 in general.


On matters of the display, the HTC One A9 boasts a 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. It is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Images viewed on the HTC One A9 are a pleasure. The device runs the HTC Sense UI.

However, one of the best displays you might lay your eyes on might just be the Super AMOLED screen on Galaxy S7. It boasts a 5.1-inch display and a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, but the exact version is unspecified. You will be using  Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI to navigate through this beautiful display.


The HTC One A9 is quite a performer. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset running a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 405 GPU. The device comes with 3 Gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This can be boosted up to 200GB of storage by adding a micro SD card. So not only in the matter of look, HTC aspired to attain the performance quality of an iPhone with this model.

Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, might be running on the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset or Samsung’s Exynos 8890 Octa. Depending on the chipset, the CPU might be a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 or Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo respectively. Even the GPU is not confirmed and remains an ambiguity between the Adreno 530 or the Mali-T880 MP 12. However, whatever route they take, the S7 is going to deliver a punch with all these running under its hood.

All that is confirmed about the S7 is that it is going to carry 4 Gigs of RAM and option to use it as either a dual SIM device or a single SIM device with micro SD expansion. A micro SD card of up to 200 GB will be supported.


The HTC One A9 has a Non-removable Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery that supports fast charging.

The Galaxy S7 has a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which also supports fast charging, and Samsung claims that the battery will charge up to 83% in just 30mins


Now we need to understand that the HTC One A9 comes at a much lower price tag than the Samsung Galaxy S7. We are comparing $450 for the A9 with $750 for S7. Now if you do not want flagship specs and just want to compare a price to performance ratio, then the HTC One A9 is quite a contender for the Galaxy S7. Still it is your call, and we hope this info helped you in making that call.