ZTE claims Huawei Nexus 6P Design copied theirs

ZTE has just claimed that Huawei “copied” their Athena (aka Grand S) design for Huawei Nexus 6P launched some days ago. Is it possible?

Recently, a post by the ZTE’s marketing head Lu Qian Hao on Weibo has stirred up the mobile market. It says that Huawei Nexus 6P might have copied one of their designs. At the moment, Nexus 6P is the latest flagship coming with strong specs and a beautiful look. But if Huawei really did it, obviously they would have to face a big trouble.

ZTE Grand S Design
Huawei Nexus 6P Design

Looking at the comparison photos, we we can easily notice that the rears are quite similar, especially the interesting cameras on the back surfaces with the black bars across them, very standing out and creating a nice contrast.

However, though ZTE has spotted the situation, they seems not very angry. Moreover, they even make it sound a bit funny when talking about how Huawei “paid tribute” to them.

The mentioned device is ZTE Athena (aka ZTE Grand S), released in January, 2013, while Huawei Nexus 6P was introduced this month, October, 2015. Apart from the design, they have 2 different packages of features as below:

 Huawei Nexus 6P SpecsZTE Grand S Specs
Dimensions159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm142 x 70 x 6.9 mm
Weight178 g110 g
Display5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density) AMOLED5.0-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density) IPS LCD
OSAndroid OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 200
ROM32/64/128 GB (non-expandable)16 GB (expandable up to 32 GB)
CameraRear: 12 MP, 4608 x 2592 pixels, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flashFront: 8 MP, 720p@30fpsRear: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flashFront: 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3450 mAhNon-removable Li-Ion 1780 mAh
ColorAluminium, Graphite, FrostBlack/Silver, Black/Red, Black/Blue, Black/White

Right now, we are wondering if ZTE wants to take Huawei to court or not, and how Huawei will respond to ZTE. What do you guys think? Will things get worse in the next weeks?

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