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HTC’s rumored One A9 sequel looks even more like the iPhone

HTC is planning to launch a sequel for the One A9 handset at IFA this week, according to reports on Monday.

VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (aka evleaks) says the phone will be called the HTC One A9s according to sources.

Blass posted a photo of a “nearly-aesthetically-unchanged” device, but reveals the camera lens and flash have been moved from the centre to the left of the rear.

Related: IFA 2016 Preview: What to expect

The HTC One A9 was roundly ridiculed for its familiarity with the iPhone 6 and 6s range and this change makes it look even more like the Apple device.

If that’s not enough, is going all-in with the naming style for the HTC One A9/A9s range.

The current generation One A9 made headlines last week for the manufacturers failure to honor the device’s key promise.

HTC had promised any new versions of Android would arrive on the unlocked version of the device within 15 days.

Last week the company announced the upgrade schedule for Android 7.0 Nougat roll out and in doing so admitted the One A9 won’t be boosted until at least Q4.

Hopefully HTC will at least launch the upgraded handset with the recently-released Android update.

We’ll have full coverage of any launch at IFA, which begins on Wednesday.

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