HTC has been struggling to be above the waterline because its sales have dropped alarmingly, even if the Taiwanese company tried to please its fans by bringing many new handsets in 2015. Unfortunately, on the outside, they all looked almost the same and we’ve seen small differences related to the position of the rear cameras and the shape of their lenses. The One A9 is just another mid-range smartphone which will hit the market in November. Even if we haven’t laid our hands on it yet we couldn’t not notice its resemblance to Apple’s iPhones.
Apple has adopted an all-aluminum construction long time ago, and while the tablets have simple backs, the iPhones feature horizontal antenna bands and their design is changing only a bit from year to year, although in 2015, the American company focused only on the internal parts and added a Rose Gold variant of color.
HTC’s One M7 was a successful phone which was released in 2013. Its successors were almost identical, having a metal body with two thin horizontal strips on the back. HTC is not the first company which was accused of copying iPhones’ designs, and none would admit their lack of inspiration. It’s normal, but not moral.
Anyway, let’s talk about the One A9, which has a more flat back with round corners. The camera lens has been moved to the top, but it’s positioned in the middle. The iPhone 6S has its camera on the right side and its lens is also circular. But in addition to the two horizontal strips, the iPhone 6S has also lines running across the top and bottom sides.
Regarding the colors, the One A9 is available in four variants: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet, while the iPhone 6S comes in Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. On the front side, each device has a home button with a fingerprint scanner integrated into it, but HTC opted for an oval shape, while Apple has never redesigned its circular button.
One A9 – Specs
This phone falls into the category of mid-range devices because it’s powered by a 32bit mid-level Snapdragon 617 quad core processor (four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores clocked at 1.2GHz), which is backed by 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on the desired storage option, 16GB or 32GB. It has a 5-inch AMOLED Full HD screen (441ppi), a 13MP rear camera with OIS, autofocus and dual-LED flash, and a 4MP Ultrapixel camera on the front side, but the battery is very small at 2150mAh. The retail price for the 16GB model will be $399, costing exactly the same as the Moto X Pure Edition and the Nexus 5X.