We all used to the fact that small Chinese companies have been manufacturing iPhone clones. That’s nothing new. Some of you maybe even impatiently wait to see how well the world’s most popular phone will be knock off this time and how cheap it will be. However, an imitation of iPhone handset coming from a smartphone maker recognized internationally that is something new today. The mobile maker in question is HTC and it appears that its next super-phone called HTC A9, expected to be launched later this year, may be an iPhone 6 clone that runs Android.
HTC’s ‘hero’ phone may look basically like iPhone 6’s twin brother…
The HTC A9, which is also known as HTC Aero, made first public appearance on Monday in an image posted on Chinese social networking site Weibo. The photo was later dismissed as photoshopped and fake, however, it seems that there is more to it than just creativity and imagination. Apparently, the author of the image had detailed information on the A9’s appearance. As a proof (if you can call it a proof), another photo of the phone was posted the day later, this one showing the device posing right next to the iPhone 6.
We can’t help but notice that these two look basically like twins. The only difference is the manufacturer’s logo, size and placement of the rear camera – the iPhone’s camera is on top left while in HTC’s phone the camera is centered. The HTC A9 is also a different shade of gold than the iPhone. However, the shape of the body, rounded corners, the flatness of the back panel and even the stripes at the top and bottom scream iPhone.
As far as specs are concern, little is known about the upcoming HTC’s super-phone. The phone is rumored to come with a 5.5-inch or 5.2-inch QHD screen with 2.5D curved glass, 4GB of RAM, a large 3,500 mAh battery and possibly a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC on board and that’s all we know so far. The A9 obviously will be a high-end phone and it looks like it might be the “hero” device that HTC CEO Cher Wang said would be announced in October. And truth be told, a “hero” device is what HTC needs to go through the rough patch it hit recently.
Of course, the appearance of two photos, one of which was obviously photoshopped, doesn’t prove the existence of the HTC A9 nor how it will look like. If the phone indeed is being prepared for October unveiling, we should see more leaks and rumors in the weeks to come. If it happens, we will let you know immediately.