There have been similar headlines since HTC launched its newest mid-range phones with much hype. HTC One A9 which the company launched yesterday shows company’s departure from its original design and towards that of the iPhone. Nobody expected HTC to do that. You don’t even need eagle eyes to tell One A9 looks like an iPhone 6 from every angle. Except for fanboys, everyone else agrees.
Spec wise One A9 isn’t all exciting. It has a mid-range Snapdragon 617 and 3GB RAM. Thankfully it’s 13MP camera gets OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). HTC One A9 has a compact 5-inch display with FullHD (1080p) resolution and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. While the overall design still looks good, but the thick bezels completely ruin it. There’s a fingerprint scanner built into its front.
HTC has gone too far while copying the iPhone. It even copied the faults. One A9 has a really tiny 2,150 mAh battery but thankfully has QuickCharge 2.0 support with QuickCharge 3.0 arriving with future software upgrades. HTC is also boasting about Dolby HiFi audio and new amplifier in One A9.
Even if you ignore the ‘iPhone’ like design, it’s the user experience that sets apart the two companies. The OS, Android Marshmallow combined with HTC’s Sense UI will have a lot to prove.
For those interested, HTC will bes selling One A9 for $399/unlocked and will be covered by HTC’s UH OH protection.