Believed to be a perfect example of ideal design, the iPhone is a device that most often serves as an inspiration. We already got used to cheap Chinese knock-offs of the iPhone; however, more respectable companies, never copied Apple’s characteristic design. Until now. HTC just launched the One A9 – a good looking Android phone that bears a striking resemblance to the iPhone 6S but costs half less.
HTC debuts Android phone that looks like Apple iPhone 6S and is a half cheaper
To be more exact, the HTC One A9 is priced at $399 and is already available for pre-order from HTC’s official online store compatible with Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T networks. The phone is also available in unlocked sim-lock free flavor. The manufacturer will also release even cheaper variant with slightly more modest specs. Pricing for the other model will be announced at a later date.
HTC One A9 vs. Apple iPhone 6S
So, what about this resemblance to the iPhone 6S? Let’s put it like this – if you look at the phone at a certain distance, the One A9 can easily pass for the iPhone 6S. However, if you look closer, you will see a number of subtle differences.
For starters, the A9 is bigger than the iPhone. Moreover, the rear camera is placed in the center, rather than in the corner. The handset also has a microSD slot which is not present on the iPhone, and the placement of ports is different. Other than that, the HTC One A9 seems to combine the most characteristic features of HTC’s most popular series – the One and Desire, that is metal as the material of choice for the body and rounded edges, all of which works out to a very attractive design.
If we take hardware into account, the HTC One A9 can be placed in upper mid-range sector, pretty close to premium class. The phone sports a 5-inch Full HD display of AMOLED type, which is a bit surprising since HTC seems to favor LCD screens. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s brand new octa-core Snapdragon 617processor with 64-bit architecture and built-in X8 LTE, which is paired with 3GB or 2GB of RAM. Users will be able to choose between two storage options – 32GB or 16GB, both expandable up to 2TB via microSD slot.
Instead of the 20.7-megapixel Toshiba camera which was used on the One M9, this time HTC opted for a 13-megpixel sensor made by Sony. The main camera offers optical image stabilization, f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor and 1080p video capture. The selfie camera is of UltraPixel kind with f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus and 1080p video recording. One A9’s battery has 2,150 mAh capacity and is Quick-Charge 2.0 compatible at launch with Quick-Charge 3.0 down the line. Keep in mind though, that HTC’s Rapid Charger is an optional extra and is not included as a standard accessory. The phone also comes with an array of sensors including fingerprint scanner, as well as Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) and NFC though only for Android Pay.
The HTC One A9 will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is actually the first smartphone other than Nexus to run the latest version of Google’s platform. To make things even more interesting, HTC promises to update the operating system within 15 days of Google’s first push to Nexus. Of course, as always, Android will have HTC’s Sense skin on top.
The HTC A9 will start shipping in November and in the US will replace the HTC One M9. In other markets, however, both models will coexist. The phone will arrive to all major US carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, and that’s despite the fact that it lacks CDMA technology. In the past, all phones destined for Verizon had to undergo certain modifications to work on the carrier’s CDMA network. It’s no longer necessary, since Verizon has upgraded its entire network footprint to LTE technology including VoLTE. The One A9 will be the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode. The handset will be available in four color options – Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet.