HTC just put Android on the iPhone and called it their own


There’s countless iPhone knockoffs on the market. HTC just seem to have added one to the list.

The HTC One A9, the newest phone from the Taiwanese phone maker best known for its aesthetics, is essentially an iPhone clone (pro GizChina readers might in fact call it a clone of something like a Ulefone Be Touch).

The One A9 looks a whole lot like the iPhone, complete with the rubber-metal painted stripes around the body. If you’ve ever wanted an iPhone running Android, you’re in luck!

There’s still hope, though; the One A9 is yet to go official from HTC, but from what it looks like, we’re looking at the real thing (i.e., the pictures you’re seeing here).

The One A9 looks to have a curved glass on top, and if that be the case with the final, retail version, take it from me that HTC’s going to bet big on it; after all, the marketing folks will need to have something to differentiate it from other (i)phones on the market.

It is disheartening, to say the least. HTC, with all the hoopla around industrial design and metal bodied phones, and of course, the classic One M7, were the least expected to put out something like this.

What sells is what wins, unfortunately.

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32 Comments

  1. RuR
    October 15, 2015

    Are you joking?! The iPhone 6 is HTC One M7 clone. This is HTC’s design, not a clone.

    • Filipp
      October 15, 2015

      No, One M7 is the Jiayu G3 clone
      Copying of good things is always good

      • King
        October 15, 2015

        Good artists copy great artists steal – Steve Jobs

      • RuR
        October 15, 2015

        This is not the point. I mean that HTC didn’t copy apple’s design, it’s HTS’s own design.

        • Ryan
          October 17, 2015

          Errr, are you retarded.

          The One M7 was a unique design that Apple then copied parts from.

          HTC then decided to go all out and make a replica of the iPhone 6, all the way down to the machine drilled holes for the speaker on the bottom, with this One A9.

          Why couldn’t they keep the stereo boomsound speakers and make it more of their own design?

          This is no hero device that HTC needed. Its an overpriced iPhone 6 clone, with a shitty, overheating Snapdragon 615/620 and a single bottom mounted speaker.

          Bravo HTC, Bravo.

    • Squizzy911
      October 16, 2015

      The front and the frame are 1:1 iPhone 6. The back is maybe a htc thing but they made to many jokes about Samsung and Apple to release something like this.

  2. Mahogany
    October 15, 2015

    I really like the design. If the price is right, I will get one.

  3. mf1gt3r
    October 15, 2015

    Y’all should stop all these stupid talk about copying and all. Maybe manufacturers need to make oblong phones just to satisfy critics. There is nothing in this world that is entirely new or different.

    • Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
      October 16, 2015

      I totally agree with you here, Every design is inspired by another design. But I can’t deny the fact that HTC did push it here! I would buy this if the price where to be competing against the iPhone’s. But judging from the previous models. I highly doubt a low price.

    • Jim Shortz
      October 16, 2015

      It’s so dumb. I expect it of the pro apple sites, but why gizchina why

  4. Steve B
    October 15, 2015

    ZTE Blade S7 is up on Geekbuying if anyone’s interested.

    5.0inch FHD Android 5.1 3GB 32GB 4G SmartPhone Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8939 Octa-Core 1.5Ghz Front 13.0MP Back 13.0MP

    • Tajwar
      October 15, 2015

      Is it free? If not I am not interested

      • kzm
        October 16, 2015

        Yes free but you have to pay

        • Tajwar
          October 16, 2015

          Disappointed

  5. Nishikanta
    October 15, 2015

    Its gives me headache. Everyone seems to copy same rounded design . Some one make its sqaureish for godshake

    • Lars
      October 16, 2015

      Buy a Sony, square enough.

    • kzm
      October 16, 2015

      BB already built square phone people hate it..Passport
      MS built straight cut rectangle phone people say it is ugly..Lumia
      People most people only like roundish edge/side rectangle design..

      • Nishikanta
        October 17, 2015

        Right lumia and Sony are obvious choices. But I personally don’t like lumia for windows but Sony I am a fan since z3. Sony is expensive. But I want an affordable one like mi 4

    • Max
      October 17, 2015

      What about triangularish? 😀

      • Nishikanta
        October 17, 2015

        Nice concept though ,still no vendor has not thought of . may be someone will make triangular phone.

  6. Dante
    October 15, 2015

    If it doesnt have a helio x20 at least this phone will be dead , (and it is very probable that it wont)

    • careeste
      October 16, 2015

      It won t have mtk but the new snapdragon 617 Soc and it wil cost only 600 (euros dollars?) .It seems like a best buy for me…

      • Max
        October 17, 2015

        Only 600??? Doesn’t matter which currency. Thats way to much for the specs it offers. Oh, just wait for the actual battery size… 🙂

  7. Guaire
    October 16, 2015

    I don’t want to see here copycat accusations. Especially if it sounds like Apple propaganda.

    I don’t care that who copies who, but Apple put iOS on an Android phone for iPhone 6 would be more accurate description. Not the other way around.

    This phone gonna be a fail because it’s coming with early 2013 flagship specs with 599 euros price tag.

    HTC deserves to die with that stupidity.

    • Ryan
      October 17, 2015

      That doesn’t even make sense you fucking retard.

      ‘Apple put iOS on an Android phone for iPhone 6’

      • Guaire
        October 17, 2015

        Of course it doesn’t make sense to you because you are most probably a certifiable idiot considering that answer.

        I said that it would be MORE ACCURATE than that HTC put Android to the iPhone, because dead smug of the Apple was so cocky about that iPhone 5 had ideal phone size and the iSheeps agreed at the time.

        • Ryan
          October 20, 2015

          IT ISN’T MORE ACCURATE YOU FUCKING IDIOT. FIRST LEARN BASIC ENGLISH THEN POST!

          • Guaire
            October 20, 2015

            So your parents verbally abusing you. Poor kiddo. Idiot kids like you needs love too.

            • Ryan
              October 22, 2015

              ‘So your parents verbally abusing you’???

              LOLOLOLOL Thats not even English.

              ‘Needs’

              LOLOLLLLOL Thats not English either.

              Next time I suggest you learn the language before trading insults.

              LMAO!!!!

            • Guaire
              October 22, 2015

              Seems like you understand after all kiddo, but my intention wasn’t insulting you. It was just observation. You are no more than another troubled kid. I bet your parents calling you idiot repeatedly.