Here Come the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9

Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch event invitation suggests the new phone will have a curved display. Credit: Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch event invitation suggests the new phone will have a curved display. Credit: Samsung

Good morning. It's Monday, February 23rd.

Here's what you should know today:

Samsung and HTC are both set to release flagship phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday. The new phones will likely be the best-selling Android devices of the year.

Good morning to you on this Monday. We’re less than a week away from the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9—two of the most highly anticipated smartphones of the year. Here’s what we know so far.

Both devices are set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in Barcelona on Sunday. Over the weekend, leaked images and early previews of both Android phones hit the Internet.

Samsung has made no secret about its new device. The company has been tweeting the hashtag #TheNextGalaxy for the past week, and just this morning released a teaser tailer for the phone on YouTube. Take a look:

The video promises the next Galaxy device will be both powerful and beautiful. Samsung took a lot of criticism for the design of last year’s Galaxy S5, which sports an all-plastic, faux leather build.

Earlier today, T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted an image of the upcoming Galaxy with the caption “SIX Appeal.” The image shows a device with a curved-edge screen, and a metal body free of faux leather. 

The other device everyone is excited to see at Mobile World Congress is HTC’s new flagship phone, presumably called the HTC One M9. Over the weekend, leaked screenshots seemed to confirm that the new device will only be a minor departure from last year’s model—and that’s not a bad thing.

Last year’s HTC One M8 was the third-best selling smartphone of 2014 (only behind the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5). The all metal design, innovative camera sensor and its Android-powered “Sense” user interface all received widespread praise.

Of course, all speculation will be put to rest on Sunday when both phones are officially unveiled. I'll keep you updated as we (inevitably will) learn more throughout the week. Stay tuned.

Drew Rapp

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