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HTC's next flagship might look a lot like the iPhone 6

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We already knew HTC’s ailing mobile business was working on a ‘hero’ smartphone, but what does it actually look like?

A newly leaked image claims to show off the mystery handset ahead of the official launch.

The picture, posted to Chinese social media site Weibo, appears the show the upcoming device next to an iPhone 6, for comparison.

That’s probably because the two handsets look extremely similar from the rear.

The most obvious difference between the devices is the position of the camera – it’s more centered on the claimed HTC.

We should note that we can’t verify this newly leaked image, so it could just be an impressive faux handset. Have your pinch of salt at the ready, folks.

This latest leak comes just a day after a separate report seemingly revealed new details about the device.

Apparently, the HTC Aero will actually launch as the HTC A9, and will ship with MediaTek’s new top-end Helio X20 chipset.

For the unaware, that’s the chip that has a ludicrous ten processor cores in tow.

The report also suggested the HTC A9 would feature 2.5D curved glass, a full-metal chassis, and two colour options – Tyrant Gold and Dark Grey.

Related: Where did it all go wrong for HTC?

We’ve known that the HTC Aero/A9 has been coming for a little while.

That’s because back in June, HTC CEO Cher Wang revealed the company was preparing a “hero” smartphone to follow on from the HTC One M9 this year – but it won’t be part of the One M-series.

It's expected to land at some point before the end of 2016, so stay tuned.

Do you like the look of this claimed HTC A9 handset? Let us know in the comments.

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Dead Words

August 25, 2015, 8:48 pm

It actually does look a lot like an iPhone, which honestly doesn't happen quite as much as some people claim.
Not all smartphones need to look drastically different, and they're not all based off the iPhone 6. It can easily be claimed the iPhone 6 was based off earlier devices, but hardly anyone does that, so.
Anyways, this phone does actually look quite a bit like an iPhone 6, and the gold color looks a little garish. The finalized product (if real) could look quite a bit different, but I'm not overly impressed with looking at the rear of this phone.

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