HTC was long considered as among the top OEMs in the smartphone industry for the unique design of their handsets. The company had in the past constantly pushed the boundary in terms of build quality and design through its smartphones.
In fact, when Apple had unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with its brand new design in 2014, many people went ahead and said that Apple had taken inspiration from HTC’s One series of smartphone.
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— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 23, 2015
Despite coming out with some impressive looking handsets though, HTC has been struggling, and this year has been particularly brutal for it. The company’s 2015 flagship — the One M9 — is a huge dud and its other mid-range devices are also not doing particularly well.
Now, it looks like in a bid to revive the sales of its smartphones, HTC will start copying Apple’s design language for its smartphone. The company’s upcoming premium mid-range device — the One A9 (Aero) — has leaked in press renders courtesy of @evleaks and the device strongly resembles the iPhone 6 from the rear. HTC plans on offering the One A9 (Aero) in six different colors, and the Cast Iron and Opal Silver variants can be easily mistaken for the iPhone.
The front is an altogether different story though, with the 5-inch display of the device being flanked by huge bezels at the top and bottom. HTC is expected to unveil the One A9 (Aero) later this month or in early October.
I guess the One A9 (Aero) makes sense for people who want an iPhone like design, but want to use Android.