Plenty of pundits claim that Samsung rose to the top of the smartphone industry in part because it copied Apple’s iPhone line. It’s hard to argue with evidence like a top-secret 132-page document Samsung made to show its engineers how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. HTC is having a tough time keeping pace with its rivals and now that the company finds itself in a very difficult position — shipments are still sinking and its 2015 flagship phone didn’t help at all — it looks like the Taiwan-based vendor is going to take a page out of Samsung’s book… by taking a page out of Apple’s book.
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If recent leaks pan out, and it certainly appears as though they will, HTC is about to unveil an iPhone 6s that runs Android. Official marketing images were posted by a very reliable gadget leaker (seriously, you have to see them), and they match pictures we’ve seen numerous times in the past. It’s an iPhone 6s.
But does this new mid-range smartphone have more to offer than just Apple’s design prowess? We’re about to find out.
HTC is hosting a press conference that is set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT, at which the company is expected to unveil the (almost) all-new HTC One A9. The phone is believed to be a mid-range handset with decent specs and a price point well under the $650+ phone it emulates, but nothing is official until HTC announces it at the event.
The live stream feed from the HTC One A9 event is embedded below.