Jack Tong, President of HTC North Asia has come out to defend the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One A9 from claims that the device bears a resemblance to the iPhone 6.
“We are not copying. We made a uni-body metal-clad phone in 2013,” Tong said. He went ahead to point a finger at Apple claiming that they’re the copycats. “It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back.”
The HTC One A9 has abandoned its curved back for a flat one, and has shifted its camera to the very top of the device, and although the camera is smacked in the middle, the module still protrudes like that on the iPhone 6. Also, the HTC One A9 has a rounded chassis like the iPhone, and plastic antenna lines. I wouldn’t call the latter an iPhone 6 rip-off simply because this design has been featured on several other HTC smartphones for years. But the former design factors have made critics address the HTC One A9 as an iPhone 6 copycat.
Jack Wong still disagrees though. “The A9 is made thinner and more lightweight than our previous metal-clad phones. This is a change and evolution, and we’re not copying,” he said.
Well that sums it up then.
What do you think though? Do you think HTC copied Apple in terms of design, or do you think Apple ripped HTC off? Let us know what you think in the comment section.