HTC s new One A9 is being criticized and ridiculed for its design, which is strikingly similar to Apple s iPhone 6. The company however doesn t see it that way and in fact has defended the design. Furthermore it also plans on using it for the One M and Desire smartphone series as well. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setupAlso Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online
Talking to Want ChinaTimes, HTC’s North Asia President Jack Tong came out strongly in support of the One A9 s design. In fact, he even deflected the blame on Apple. We’re not copying. We made a unibody metal-clad phone in 2013, Tong said. It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console
There s some truth in Tong s statement since HTC first used the antenna lines at the back when it launched the One M7 back in 2013. Apple came out with the iPhone 6 a year later, and seems to have taken some cues from HTC s flagship smartphone. But aside from the antenna lines, HTC s One A9 borrows a bit too much from Apple.
The design, despite the criticism, isn t going anywhere and HTC plans on using it on other smartphones as well. Tong said, Starting with the One A9, our design language will enter a different and fashionable phase. As mentioned above, the design will be used for the future One M and Desire smartphone series, which basically cover most of HTC s mid-range and high-end portfolio.
HTC launched the One A9 earlier this week, priced at $399 (Rs 26,000 approximately). The smartphone will go on sale sometime in the first week of November.
HTC One A9 specifications and features: The smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, and is powered by a Snapdragon 617 64-bit octa-core chipset paired with 2GB of RAM for the 16GB variant and 3GB of RAM for the 32GB variant. The storage can be expanded using a microSD card.
The smartphone also features a 13-megapixel primary camera with OIS, 4-Ultrapixel selfie camera, 2,150mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and connectivity options like 4G support, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under the Sense UI.