HTC One A9 executive responds to iPhone clone claims
Ever since the initial leaks of the upcoming HTC One A9, users have been pointing fingers at the Taiwanese manufacturer for blatantly copying the design of the Apple iPhone. Indeed, it is hard to deny the striking similarities between the smartphones as both designs share the same rounded edges and corners with parallel stripes on the back.
The accusation has gotten so out-of-hand between media and fans that even HTC executives are having to jump in to ease the tension. President of HTC North Asia Jack Tong responded to the claims during a press conference on the official launch of the One A9.
According to wantchinatimes.com, Tong says that the uni-body metal-clad phone was designed two years ago in 2013. Furthermore, he added that it was Apple who copied their antenna design and specific placement on the rear of the phone. This same wide-strip antenna was used for the One M7 and its metal housing. Tong suggests that the A9 is simply a natural progression forward based on its older M7 and M8 designs.
The HTC One A9 launches later this year starting for 600 Euros.