Yes, this is supposedly a new smartphone from HTC — it is — the One A9, but it is mysteriously, actually suspiciously similar to the design to the latest iPhones.
Keep in mind Android manufactures have (sometimes wrongly) been accused of ripping from Cupertino’s designs, but this foray by HTC is close to a blatant copy and if I were Google, I’d be slightly nerved.
Regardless, available as a $399 unlocked smartphone (carrier versions are incoming) with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 5-inch 1080p screen with an octa-core Snapdragon 617, a 64-bit chipset with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz while the others buzzing past at more a modest 1.2GHz, with up to 2TB microSD card support, the One A9 establishes itself as HTC latest effort. Its slim aluminum frame contains a 2,150mAh battery that should benefit from Marshmallow’s battery optimizations. Imaging comes from a 13-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization.
Other than that, and a launch date of sometime in November, the One A9 is a the true successor to the One M9, and for all intensive purposes, seems like a safe bet (or perhaps a desperate one) for a company on the edge of descending into obscurity.