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HTC blatantly mimics the iPhone, launches the One A9 with Snapdragon 617

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the new One A9 smartphone, which looks shamelessly similar to Apple’s iPhone 6. Even the company’s CEO Cher Wang claimed ahead of the One A9 launch that it’ll be a “great alternative to the iPhone”.

The metal-clad HTC One A9 becomes the latest addition to the company’s popular One range, pre-orders for which have already begun via the company’s online store in the US.

The smartphone will be available in two variants – one with 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM while the other comes with 32GB of internal memory bundled with 3GB of RAM. Both will support up to 2TB expandable storage via microSD card.

Talking about specs, the smartphone gets the latest 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with four Cortex A53 cores at 1.5Ghz while the other four A53 cores clocking at 1.2GHz. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense Skin on top, making it the company’s first Marshmallow based handset.

While it features a 5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

The smartphone packs a 13MP rear camera that comes with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1080p video recording and LED flash module. In addition, it also gets a 4MP UltraPixel front-facing fixed focus camera.

Connectivity options on the device include 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi along with microUSB connectivity. While juicing the One A9 would be a 2150mAh battery. Other notable additions include a fingerprint sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyro along with a magnetic sensor.

The HTC One A9 will go on sale starting the first week of November and gets a price tag of $399.99 for the unlocked version. The smartphone will be available in Carbon Grey, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Deep Garnet color variants. The company is also bundling some offers such as the ‘Uh-Oh’ replacement plan along with 6 months of Google Play Music subscription.

“Today we’re taking that heritage of innovation to the next level, unveiling a phone that stands apart in a market increasingly dominated by a company which controls every aspect of your phone. The HTC One A9 breaks from this trend by offering an incredible design, fantastic performance, cutting-edge software features and the freedom to take full control of your smartphone experience,” said HTC’s  CEO Cher Wang commenting on the launch.