Leaked One A9 training materials show HTC expected the 'Apple copycat' attacks

Leaked One A9 training materials show HTC expected the 'Apple copycat' attacks
HTC might have anticipated iPhone copycat attacks with the launch of the One A9, and has produced the first slide you see below to be tucked in internal training materials. On it, Xiaomi's VP Hugo Barra is cited as saying that the iPhone 6 brings a whiff of HTC design. This happened while Xiaomi was accused of following Apple in its turn last year, so Mr Barra's defense was that they admire what Apple is doing, and everybody is deriving inspiration from everybody else.

This slide apparently was meant as a counterpoint to fend off any allegations that HTC has made the One A9 design pretty close to the iPhone 6, which was released last year, and that's when Hugo Barra commented that it resembles an HTC aesthetic. In his turn, an HTC exec elaborated earlier that the One A9 is simply an evolution of the M-series in a thinner, lighter form. He mentioned HTC was having all-metal phones with rounded corners and antenna strips on the back before the new iPhone design was born. 

While this can't be denied, the rear design of the M-series is rather different than what the One A9 is offering here, yet it's situated far enough from the iPhone 6 or 6s, too. For comparison, check out how the Apple and HTC designs evolved in the last few years, without any plastic strips distraction, in the second slide below.


source: OnLeaksWeibo via G4Games

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  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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74 Comments

1. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Wonder if Apple will sue someone.

5. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Maybe....

9. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

maybe apple sue will fail

13. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

what if they sue in california ?

58. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

No way! Apple can't sue HTC, nor HTC could sue Apple... for whatsoever. Apple and HTC have a contract,

63. gsg97115991

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Yes, they can't sue

19. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

59. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

NO ONE pays Apple for the "rectangle with rounded corners" BS

20. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They won't for 2 main reasons. 1- There is a signed 10 year patent agreement between both parties. 2-This is an HTC midranger, and Apple won't see it as a threat to it's iPhone like a Samsung's flagship could be.

24. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

3-they can't really sue without HTC counter suing for the iPhone 6 taking design hints from the original HTC one (m7)

35. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Except antenna lines iP6 looks nothing like M7. Anyone saying otherwise is blind Apple hater. C'mon, just look at A9's front with screen off...

39. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

dont be an iDiot they share design and other patent. the design of the iphone 6 is pretty much HTC design with some change made by Apple. Then HTC did the same with the A9 they took the HTC design language and put some change thats on it.

49. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

And what's the similarities between iPhone 6 and A9 if not antennas and been not the same with M series. If iPhone 6 design come out of pure innovation how can't A9 be the same? Your not blind but an idiot.

48. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am not fan of Apple, but there is a BIGGG difference between taking cues and blatantly ripping off. Just go back to the 1st leaked picture of the A9, we all laughed at what we thought was a photoshoped iPhone 6, and how HTC would never get this low. But now since HTC did get this low, people wanna downplay this shameless act just because of their hate to Apple. Again, I don't like Apple for many, many reasons, but I won't let this blind me from the fact that HTC basically rebranded an iPhone 6.

68. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

HTC already had such a design before the M7. The M6 also has a similar design. HTC didn't copy Apple. The HTC One Max (M6) as its call was released October 2013. http://cdn2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/htc/htc-one-max-2.jpg STOP GIVING APPLE CREDIT FOR SH!T THEY DIDNT DO FIRST.

21. Stagueve

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

29. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I hope they sue HTC so that it can be seen just how stupid they (Apple) are when the evidence is seen about who really copied who.

32. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apple lost an a**load of money, maybe if they sue HTC they'll regain their losses.

36. discharge unregistered

i use neither of them who cares!! It's all Sammy note 5

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well we dont care about your useless comment then. go troll somewhere else if you are NOT concerned.

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Apple and HTC share design and many other stuff in a official manner so no suing.

65. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Apple will not sue HTC coz HTC is already broke.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Apple only copied the antenna lines but htc copied the iPhone's curves, port and speaker designs.

7. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

you copied my actions : you copy my typing on phone. you copied my eating by inserting the food into the mouth. u copied me seeing. u copy my eyes blinking. you copied me sleeping. you copied me talking. you copied me singing. you copied me walking. you copied me... blah nlah blah

12. Stagueve

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

99% agreed. Not 100% because Apple invented these kind of antenna plastic strips which where used first on iPhone 4 edges...

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

NO they did not. Also, having the gap on the side is not equal to having them on the back. Also gaps in metal to allow reception through a metal case was done before Apple.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Speaker design? Those are like, just circles grouped together, wth?

22. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Which Apple did first then Sammy and HTC copied

31. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Aligning some holes to form a speaker grill isn't something Apple invented (if you can even call that an invention). A bit of googling will find you plenty of prior art.

34. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

And drawing two lines at the back of the phone isn't something htc invented (if you can even call that an invention)

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