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Taiwan’s embattled handset maker HTC today introduced a new phone, called One A9. The $399 Android Marshmallow device was “inspired by nature,” as HTC puts it, but technology blogs were quick to point out its striking resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphone series.

The A9 One is just 0.1mm thicker than the iPhone 6s, which measures in at 7.1mm.

The One A9 fits a five-inch 1080p AMOLED edge-to-edge screen protected by Corning’s 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 inside an enclosure that falls somewhere between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6/6s.

HTC’s smartphone indeed resembles the iPhone 6/6s design, down to the antenna bands and a protruding camera lens on the back. As you can see for yourself, the phone features seamless aluminum unibody appearance with the dual finish.

“It’s also the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S,” said The Verge. Pictured below: Apple’s iPhone 6 at left, HTC’s One A9 in the middle and iPhone 6 Plus at right.

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The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest Android version, and HTC’s own Sense UI overlay. It packs in a 2,150mAh battery and is powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 processor with 3GB RAM and integrated X8 LTE and 64-bit oct-core CPUs.

The camera sub-system includes a four-megapixel shooter out the front and a thirteen-megapixel UltraPixel sensor with an f/2.0 sapphire-covered lens out the back. The rear camera supports taking RAW photos, but not 4K video capture.

Other hardware features include a fingerprint sensor built into HTC’s pill-shaped Home button with haptic feedback to unlock the device without a passcode (it cannot be pressed in), a chip that converts 16-bit audio to 24-bit high-resolution audio (with Dolby Surround Sound for headphones) and up to 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded to a whopping two terabytes with a microSD card.

All told, the new HTC phone is “a blasphemous concoction of Apple design and Google software that makes for a very nice phone,” to quote The Verge’s Vlad Slavov who took the device for a quick spin in the video below.

Despite its best efforts to engineer what ended up being an Android iPhone, the One A9 doesn’t compete with Apple in terms of attention to detail. As an example, the ports and the speaker grille on the bottom are painfully asymmetrical.

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In fact, even the antenna bands appear asymmetrical relative to the top and bottom edges of the Home button and don’t seem to be equally broken on the back. I should also mention that the One A9 does optical image stabilization and is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge for rapid recharging.


The HTC One is available at launch in Carbon Gray, Opal Silver and Topaz Gold colorways, with a Deep Garnet color coming later this year. HTC is taking pre-orders for the device on its website. The phone is priced at $399, sold unlocked and will be available on all major US carriers beginning in November 2015.

HTC fans in the United Kingdom might be disappointed as One A9 units sold in their country will cost more and have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

HTC is sweetening the deal with six free months of unlimited Google Play Music, 1T of free Google Drive storage and HTC’s own device protection which offers one free replacement at any point in the first 12 months.

  • :O

    O_o OH MY! That deep burgundy colour is amazing. Much cooler than that shiity pink thing Apple chose. They need to copy that ASAP.

    • Shinonuke


  • Xee

    So basically an Apple phone with Android on it?

  • White Michael Jackson

    NICE! I’m pre-ordering two.

    • Tekusbanny

      Me too

    • Bugs Bunnay

      This over the nexus 6p?? Oh dear lord…

  • PJ

    iAndroid. That’s funny. We’re going to design this really awesome phone. Wait, it looks a lot like an iPhone. Oh well, let’s just change the placement of the buttons, ports, speaker, camera, and it won’t look “exactly” like an iPhone.

  • Manu Parker

    “HTC again sets a new design standard” haha that confidence tho!!

  • Eddie Hines

    Samsung and Apple attorneys will be activated shortly!

  • PJ

    It doesn’t matter what housing Android comes in – HTC’s, Windows, Samsung, and countless others, it is still a crappy OS.

    • Rodney Coleman


    • Bugs Bunnay


    • George

      That’s why ios is what it is today because of Android features. Apple even copied the notification center and its still a mess.

      • N&LH

        lol they do copy each other. Remember when Google copied IOS and how Android was before IOS..

    • ravinigga

      But I like nexus actually the true android is the rest meh

    • Vince Reedy

      As long as the iPhone doesn’t look like complete hammered horse $h!t, I will always have one because of the OS and ecosystem. It’s just better hands down IMHO. The only non apple hardware that I have is my work laptop, and that’s because I need it to run Visio. If I could run Visio on a mac or the client I work for stops requiring it, PC will be in the trash tout suite.

  • iDude

    somehow it works for me.

  • Merman123

    I don’t see it.


  • n0ahcruz3

    I do remember HTC doing a licensing deal with Apple design-wise… Anyway Nexus 6P still best looking phone imo compared to 6/6s and this.

  • Lol looks nothing like an iPhone aside from the bars on the back I know fanboys will cry about this though because of course no phone can be flat and rectangular ever because iPhones are rectangular lmao

    • München on Bündchen

      what are you smoking..? pass some of that this way. lmao. Those two phones would be nearly indistinguishable next to each other.

  • askep3

    They didn’t need to copy the protruding camera lol

  • askep3

    HTC used to be a respectable company…

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Yep. Thought they would continue to stand out. I was wrong.

  • askep3

    “It’s also the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S”


  • München on Bündchen

    So basically an iPhone 6 that runs android…

  • leart

    H-appy T-o C-opy

  • Bugs Bunnay

    HTC was know for it’s front firing speakers… Even they hopped on the iphone copying train. All of a sudden fingerprint readers are a thing too right? Eventually they all start to follow.

  • Franklin Richards

    Technically the iPhone 6 looked like the HTC One M7 and then HTC kind of looked at Apples phone and went “Damn… we should’ve done it like that.” And now they have.

    • George

      I don’t recall any articles from iverge when the iPhone 6 came out about it.

  • rockdude094

    They kind of misplaced some holes at the bottom and everywhere else, so its totally not a copy duh

  • iGnorance is a bliss (2012 http://goo. gl/RVi5Li) (2013 http://goo. gl/xIppaE)…

  • MH

    What I’d like to see is an independent company that would take the best of both OS’s and combine them in a case that is good feeling in the hand and the case as slim as possible for the electronic component’s as possible, and sold for an affordable price $500-$700. I’m a fan of both Android and IOS as I have both and use them as everyday driver’s. I like that I can try out different Rom’s on Android as there is some great developer’s and I also like my jailbreak on my Iphone and using the different Theme’s and some of the other app’s. I wish that Apple would be a bit more open to letting people change the UI and other thing’s that I’d like to do to my Iphone but I don’t see that ever coming so that’s why I use both system’s, It give’s me the ability to have some fun with both Phone’s…

  • Jeff Chaves

    Do people even pay attention to the market to say who copied who? I’m an iPhone owner but for what I remember htc introduced the aluminum body with the m7 before apple, and look at the design. To me looks like Apple was the one twisting an already released design.

    • Richard Häggblom

      M7 was released juli 2013 iphone 5 september 2013. But then again iphone 4 Also had metal.just glass back. And was released 2010 .. Not full metal body but still metal body 🙂

      • Jeff Chaves

        Metal frame. Not body. Htc came out with the aluminum body even having the antenna lines in the design. But w.e. It’s just a phone. We argue while they make big bucks. So not worth it. 😉

      • Richard Häggblom

        Didn’t try to argue , just said that it was 2 months between the releases so it’s probably a coincidence that both had metal body 🙂 doubt that Apple reengineered the whole body in 2 months 🙂

  • babiloe

    To be enjoyed as an android phone, it must have a big battery, because android can’t efficient as iOS. so if you try copy iphone, make sure you dont copy the battery size. Try bigger battery size like Z3-Z5 Compact to keep on 2 days work, but keep it small as iphone 5, then it should be a success.

  • Bryan Shlachetka

    I really loved the HTC One (M8)’s Boomsound speakers, will these be good, or as good?