HTC One A9 now official: Android Marshmallow, an iPhone clone?

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The HTC One A9 is finally here!

Following the unsuccessful HTC One M9 that was also launched earlier this year, the Taiwanese mobile company aims to regain a leading spot on the market with the launch of a second “hero” device. And as was previously hinted by the companyannouncing that the new device they will be releasing would be better than an iPhonethe new One A9 was unveiled looking everything like an iPhone.

A device review from The Verge even called One A9 the “most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S.” While the company did not admit to practically cloning Apple’s iPhone design, the company had been defensive as to their decision for the One A9.

“The big takeaway is that there is some smartphone fatigue out there,” says Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s president for the Americas, via USA Today. “What we see is an opportunity. The problem is when you buy an iPhone, you really are submitting your mobile life to one company who is deciding what is good for you.”

Mackenzie also added that the new One A9 is perfect for people who want freedom over what they want for their smartphones, noting that the One A9 would “really appeal to Apple users who are interested in doing something else but they’re not seeing a product that checks the boxes for them.”

Key features of the new HTC One A9 include pre-installed Android Marshmallow 6.0in fact, it boasts being the first non-Nexus phone in the market to come with Android Marshmallow out of the box, a 64-bit Snapdragon 617 chipset with an octa-core CPU, 3 GB worth of RAM with 32 GB worth of built-in internal storage, and microSD card external expansion support of up to 2TB.

The HTC One A9 is now available for pre-order for a price of $399.99.