See HTC’s New One A9 Compared to Apple’s iPhone 6s

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Does it matter that HTC ripped off the iPhone?.

HTC’s newest flagship smartphone, the One A9, is getting a lot of flack — some say it looks too much like an Apple iPhone 6s. HTC has promised to deliver Android updates to its newest flagship phone — if it’s unlocked — within about two weeks of when Google’s own Nexus phones receive the software. In a live stream this morning dedicated to the new One A9, HTC America president Jason Mackenzie confirmed the update cycle for the device, which is the first Android smartphone shipping with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. “This One A9 unlocked edition will provide you with every Android software update within 15 days of when Google first pushes to their Nexus line,” Mackenzie said. The aluminum design resembles the iPhone 6S, but users can tell it apart by looking at the 13-megapixel rear camera, which is actually in the center rather than justified to the left.

But look at the image below, showing the iPhone 6, One A9, and One M9 side by side, and tell me which device the new Android smartphone resembles most. If HTC’s version of events is to be believed, the refinement and lightening — the A9 was also rumored under the codename of Aero — of the M9 design has somehow, magically landed on the exact same proportions and aesthetic as Apple’s iPhone. The iPhone’s double will also have a fingerprint sensor that automatically unlocks the phone — which is reportedly two times faster than the Apple’s TouchID. It pledged to update its carrier-locked handsets within 90 days of receiving the final software build from Google, and much sooner for Google Play edition phones. The pledge appears to have persisted, though it’s unclear how long HTC will support this update window and whether it will translate to other unlocked handsets that receive Android 6.0 updates.

What I’m curious to know, though, is how you feel about it: will it even matter that this phone is such a blatant iPhone ripoff if it also happens to be really good? My early impressions have been very positive, and I’m torn between frowning disapprovingly at HTC’s shamelessness and suppressing a smile at the quality of the eventual product.

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