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HTC executive: Apple copied HTC, not vice-versa

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All in good fun


This Tuesday, HTC announced its brand-new flagship smartphone – the One A9. Packed with a more modest hardware, the handset focuses on aesthetics and snappy software experience above hard-hitting specs or features. And let's just say that the new design looks very, very familiar – it has already drawn a lot of criticism that HTC has copied the iPhone 6, both from media and users.

Well, a report from Chinese media Want China Times says that president of HTC North Asia Jack Tong has refuted said accusations, pointing out that HTC was the first to do the all metal design with plastic strips on the back of the handset — with the HTC One M7. In his words, it is Apple that copied the idea with the infamous antenna stripes on the back of the iPhone 6. The HTC One A9 is, apparently, just an evolution of HTC's design language.

Fair enough, HTC. Though, we do remember that at the A9 was pointed as a good alternative to Apple's iPhones by another one of your executives.

The One A9 strikes a balance between premium design, specs, and price, with an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, a 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB / 32 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. All of this priced at $400 in the US might just get some buyers to veer towards HTC this holiday season.

Thanks for the tip, Luca


source: WantChinaTimes; gif source: Miroslav Vitula

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posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:05 42

1. Sriniva1995 (Posts: 44; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


It is true that apple has copied from HTC but who the f**k cares when your(apple) followers are blind....

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:43 22

19. Zomer (Posts: 243; Member since: 31 May 2013)


The iPhone 6 doesn't look anything like the One M7. The HTC One A9 does look like the iPhone 6/6S.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:50 28

20. Ordinary (Posts: 2141; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


You are looking it wrong.

http://images.bwbx.io/cms/2014-09-16/iphone2a-630.jpg

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:37 17

36. Zomer (Posts: 243; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Like I said it doesn't look anything like it.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:57 6

39. Ordinary (Posts: 2141; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


lol k

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:11

70. insyt (Posts: 49; Member since: 16 Sep 2015)


You are right. It's an uglier version of the M7.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 08:31 1

54. nctx77 (Posts: 1646; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


My dude, the only thing that is similiar is the antenna lines which actually have a function. Other than that, these phones look nothing alike. As for the M9, they literally look off the Apple logo and replaced it with HTC and centered the camera.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:13

71. insyt (Posts: 49; Member since: 16 Sep 2015)


What about the color scheme? Rounded edges?

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:55

51. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I not a big fan of htc, but if you going to pay Apple for all there tech they your phones using as htc does, then you 100% need to do a full copy as your r and d cash is all going. To Apple as it does, I think it's like $25 per phone but I may be wrong as I can now not find that info, but I think it is what they was thinking they needed, but that may have been what they asked Samsung for, anyways, this is why it's a copy

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/10/3629516/why-apple-and-htc-settled-their-patent-litigation

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 10:59

61. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Get glass as you are obviously blind.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 16:15 1

83. michaelny2001 (Posts: 87; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


when apple was making the iphone 4, HTC was making HTC One which looks super similar to what the the 6 and 6s looks like now. check it out. Go back to 2011

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 16:29

90. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7913; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


NO ONE IS SAYING OT LOOKS THE SAME STUPID.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING STUPID IS THE ANTENNA GAPS FILLED WITH PLASTIC, WAS CLAIMED TO BE INVENTED BY APPLE, WHEN IN FACT IT WAS DONE BY HTC WITH THE M6/M7 with the M6 predating the iPhone 6 by a full 13 months.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:04

26. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


So you're (Sriniva1995) basically saying that HTC are being a bit thick by stopping being leaders and now following in terms of design? Apple copied them and now they're copying Apple, so rather than offering their own style that others follow they've become sheep.

(disregarding how far you go back because all these companies have copied each other generation after generation, these designs all evolve from a basic form over the years...)

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 17:39 1

85. Bubbybuster (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)


Spray me with your Android seed. I neeeeeeeed it

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:06 20

2. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


How fame of one can supplant the originality of another.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:21 3

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2017; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nokia N1 is another example of it.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:16

41. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Couldnt said it any better.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:14 3

3. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 148; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


Only back is similar while front is so “Samsung”.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:17 4

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The front looks nothing like a Samsung phone. A9 is asymmetrical and doesn't have capacitive keys. I bet you haven't seen a Galaxy phone with top bezel not the same size as bottom.

The front looks more like those butterfly phones with a button.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:36

14. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


What ? Not really..

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:02 7

25. Diezparda (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


So samsung? Samsung always have a good screen to body ratio.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 08:32 1

55. blueghost211 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2015)


I agree Kyoraku.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:21 10

7. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Well technically iPhone 6 is a copy of HTC's all metal phones and if A9 is a copy of iPhone then it's still not a copy.
It's like those sandwich icons with some idiots say is maded by Google and MS copy it!?

But anyway iPhone 6 design was nothing to cheer about it was ugly as s**t got a lot of problems #bendgate and also weak side protection the screen can break if dropped on side from 30CM(a foot) say it from experience.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 09:19

58. NexusX (Posts: 473; Member since: 16 May 2013)


didn't iphone have a aluminum back since...forever?

antenna lines are needed for signal receptions which is essential to having a metal built devices.

there is zero resemblance between the HTC M8 and the iphone. you people must be delusional to think HTC did not copy apple. it's obvious HTC is desperate and they are trying to replicate Apple's success with this blatant ripoff. everyone knows asians love iphones and china is HTC's biggest market. uninformed chinese consumer would buy an iphone lookalike if it's cheaper.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:01

62. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Iphone 5 and earlier ( after the 3GS ) is glass front and back.
Iphone 5S is a mix of aluminium and glass for the back.
Iphone 6 is all aluminium back like HTC.
A9 is all aluminium back like Apple.

lol they can copy each other they have a 10 years agreements.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 12:16

78. NexusX (Posts: 473; Member since: 16 May 2013)


so using aluminum is a patent infringement?
what about using plastic? glass? leather?
so nexus 4 copied the iphone 4?
so every OEM that uses plastic copies samsung?

hasn't apple always used aluminum for the macbooks and macs?

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:22 9

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 983; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


I bet iPhone hater will gonna get one and troll in front of every iPhone user in how overpriced their devices are.

Iphone without apple logo = $400
Iphone with apple logo = $700

Don't be an iDiot

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:27 8

11. hafini_27 (Posts: 855; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Free marketing for HTC. This design is from HTC anyway.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:35 10

13. carlemillward (unregistered)


Let be honest, HTC A9 copied more from the iPhone 6 than what iPhone 6 copied from HTC M7/M8.

iPhone 6 copied one-toned metallic design as well as horizontal antennae. Whereas HTC One A9 copies curved edge shape, camera layout, metallic finish, ports.

HTC One A9 looks more like an iPhone 6 than the HTC One series, I do not see continuation of design.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:23 3

44. ibend (Posts: 3195; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


so "curved edge shape, top center camera layout, metallic finish, ports" design is owned and can be used only by apple?
nice to know that

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:28 4

48. carlemillward (unregistered)


No I am not saying that, what I am saying is that if you compare the changes HTC made from M9 to A9, it clearly leans towards the design language of iPhone 6. Had they just have one similarity it would not be such an issue.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 09:45 1

60. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


one toned metallic device has been on Apple device since 2012, iPod Touch 5, iPad Mini.
just strap antenna bands and remove the loop hole to the iPod Touch 5, and you basically get iPhone 6.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:04

63. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


HTC had this mettallic design with plastic band since way longer lol.

HTC Desire is one example.
HTC one S is another.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 22:24

87. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


yeah but those phones look nothing like the One M7.
i'm not talking about what materials are used, but HOW they are used.

just look at Xperia Z5 it doesn't look like iPhone 4, despite the same material combo used.

this A9 looks a lot like iPhone 6, corner radius, curved front-glass that blends with the screen, camera ring, flat back-glass(M7 to M9 have curved back), etc.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:53

72. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah yeah Apple's is all unique and s**t and is the end of innovation.
I'm starting to think that some are not just called sheeps they're actually sheeps.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 22:25

88. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


yeah sheeps like you are literally sheep.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:56

73. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Xperia P was probably the first phone. The One S had plastic caps.

The Xperia ION was close to all metal too.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 22:27

89. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


yeah but it looks pretty different from iPod Touch 5, or iPad Mini design.
it's indeed using the same material, but it doesn't look like each other at all.
A9 design is more than just the same material used.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:39

15. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


I always wanted iphone 5S design in 5" or 5" with android ..

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:40

16. Dr.SamX (Posts: 152; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


All in all it is really not a bad device! Only thing that bugs me a bit is that the screen-to-body ratio is not that great, but I guess that is typicall for HTC.
If they price it aggressively enough, it could work out for HTC!

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:41

17. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


However close the iPhone 6 was to the HTC One (M7) the HTC was still better looking, now HTC have stepped backwards by making a bad copy of the iPhone 6.

ALL these companies copy each other's designs, and let's face it modern phones aren't leaving much room for any interesting design with maximum screen real estate but HTC really slipped up with this one, it's just an iPhone, where's the HTC identity gone?

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:42 1

18. Zomer (Posts: 243; Member since: 31 May 2013)


The iPhone 6 doesn't look anything like the HTC One M7.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:50

21. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


http://cdn.gottabemobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iPhone-6-vs-HTC-One-Design-Overview.jpg

M7/M8 etc all had similar design which Apple basically copied with the back of the iPhone 6.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:38

37. Zomer (Posts: 243; Member since: 31 May 2013)


It looks completely different, you blind horse.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:05

64. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


you are the blind one...

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:57 12

23. nebula (Posts: 476; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Apple copied details of beautiful M7 and made kind of ugly looking IPhone 6 then HTC borrowed what's ugliest out of IPhone 6 and made first ugly HTC phone. What?

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:05 2

28. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yup, they're trying hard to bury themselves as a company it seems.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:04

27. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Glass simply is the best. metal bakes the palm of your hand with heat!

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:08

31. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


That must be an Android 810 processor issue. As much as I dislike all the fanboy arguments this site brings up from both sides my iPhone 6 never gets remotely hot.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:18

33. yakshamash (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2015)


Copy or not copy, good luck to them selling this phone in EU. 3GB RAM model in same price range as Nexus 6P.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 05:46 1

38. flavius22 (Posts: 123; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)


True story.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:16 3

40. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Can you trust what Chinese are saying? :P they copy everything

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 11:06

65. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Can you trust what Apple is saying? nope they copy everything or buy you out.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:18

42. Life_Engineer (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Completely true! Apple copied M7 and M8 in their iphone 6 not the opposite!

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:20 1

43. Jimrod (Posts: 882; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


But that's the sad thing, Apple copied and arguably did it worse, now HTC have copied the crap copy. idiotic decision.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 06:48

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not in sales.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 18:15

86. discharge (unregistered)


i agree there darkk htc sucks its been the same and i work at t mobile and htc is not a big seller samsung is the best seller than apple, as who copied i plea the 5th on that, ahh what the heck i think htc copied,HTC had the look BUT if the photo is real not photo shop done, looks like htc copied the 6 plus look, apple wins this!! HTC had the antenna look but not like the 6 plus

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:10

47. tomn1ce (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Couldn't HTC make the top and bottom bezels any bigger?

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:38 1

49. Spedez (Posts: 436; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


HTC copied even the bezels.

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:55

50. cnour (Posts: 548; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


All the world is copying Apple and Samsubg initiated this. I understand this since any company wants to be like Apple. When we want to cheat during an exam we ask the best student not the worst. Apple does and the others follow. Normal.

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