HTC is launching the successor to its HTC One A9 smartphone at IFA 2016. The device is currently making some noise after its render leaked online, showing what appears to be the iPhone 6s from the back.
Famous leakster Evan Blass took to Venture Beat to exclusively drop the news about the HTC One A9s this Monday. What’s interesting about the news is that the render that came along with it shows the upcoming device eerie resemblance to Apple’s current iPhone.
However, for HTC fans and those familiar with HTC's current lineup of smartphones, this does not come as a surprise, given that the handset’s predecessor, One A9, also debuted with the impression that it was made to be a doppelgänger of the iPhone 6.
Commenting on how HTC is planning on showcasing another iPhone-like device, Droid Life wrote that for the Taiwanese company to launch a refresh of the One A9 with the addition of an “s” to the successor’s name is “hysterical” and “embarrassing.”
While the One A9’s similarity to the iPhone 6/6s is slightly questionable because the back camera of the handset is situated in the middle of the rear’s top portion, the One A9s resemblance is very undeniable because its primary camera is located at the top left corner of the back — the exact same area where the iPhone 6s’ primary shooter is nestled. The position of the antenna bands does not also help in distinguishing the device from Apple's smartphone.
Fortunately, the front of the device tells a different story as HTC decided to keep its standard Home button instead of creating a circular one that’s very typical of the iPhone handsets.
The specs and features of the HTC One A9s still remain undisclosed, but Android Authority reports that the back camera is to come with a 13-megapixel sensor, while its front camera is likely to sport a 5-megapixel UltraPixel sensor.
HTC is set to launch the HTC One A9s on the first day of this year’s electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany.