HTC has a new flagship, the One A9, and it’s going to be controversial. Hero device after the One M9 and M9+, it’s one of the first Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones outside of Google’s own Nexus, and with a highly competitive price tag that belies its build quality. That controversy? Just about everyone agrees, the One A9’s design is… familiar. Exactly what it’s familiar to depends on who you are, though.
If you’re HTC, you describe it as being a combination of the shape of the plastic-bodied Desire 816 of 2013, and the metal unibody of the One M8 and M9. “I just want to set the record straight,” lead designer Catherine Kim insisted, “we actually came up with all these ideas, and then converged them into the One A9.”
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