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Watch live as HTC unveils the phone everyone is calling an iPhone copy

Published Oct 20th, 2015 11:51AM EDT
HTC Event Live Stream

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.

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