ZTE says Huawei lifted the Nexus 6P design from its Grand S (Athena)

ZTE says Huawei lifted the Nexus 6P design from its Grand S (Athena)
Remember ZTE's Athena or Grand S? Neither does most of the phone-buying public these days, but the ZTE marketing chief is apparently convinced that Huawei has ripped it off to enter the big leagues with its first Nexus handset, the 6P. ZTE’s head of marketing Lu Qian Hao took to the Weibo airwaves, and indirectly hinted that the little black strip on the back of the 6P is a derivative of the Athena's own elliptical strip right at the same place.

While on a Reddit AMA session yesterday, Google folks explained that the "hump" at the upper part of the two-tone back was an engineering challenge and marvel at the same time, as it had to house one of the largest camera sensors in a mobile phone, together with the NFC and other connectivity antennas. They concluded, however, that the hump has been made aesthetically pleasing, and ergonomic to the touch, adding to the unique 6P appearance. 

Well, not so unique, if you give ear to ZTE's marketing chief, as you can see in this crudely translated "sex change" posting where the two phones are depicted side by side. What do you think?




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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Grand S
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh

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58 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Grand S actually looks cooler

2. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

ZTE is right. P6 is looking like a copy. I was praising unique design of Nexus p6 before but now I am feeling neutral about it bcoz it is a copy.

4. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

This is so bad huawei.

53. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I think ZTE have a very valid point. Just made the Huawei Nexus look less credible.

55. Ashoaib

Posts: 3296; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

it doesnt matter whether it is a copy or not untill the phone is nice... Nexus 6p is nice phone

57. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

look guys, what I found. Huawei P8 has same black strip. So huawei didnt copy from ZTE. They just copied from theirself. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Huawei-P8_id9127/photos?image=52712

12. MSi_GS70 unregistered

If all phone manuf now go who copies who u gonna stay without the phone then.. @doggy You are naive

41. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

you are considering doggy to think like a human? well, you are very naive.

15. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Zte is the last company that should criticize others for copying designs. Their Blade D6 is a pure rip off the the iPhone 6. How about their Z9 series, another blatant copy of Sony's design language. And as i stated below, the Grand S borrowed some cues of it's design from the Motorola Razr. I see the resemblance, but it is far from a copy of the Grand S.

19. MSi_GS70 unregistered

It is simply taking oportunity to ruin other's succes..

35. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Exactly. This whole article is ridiculous.

8. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Ah here we go..jealousy ZTE strikes because smells huaewei's near-future success ! Human being are envy SWINES ! Ppl there are so many smartphones these days that looks so similar.. Get over it ZTE

20. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Zte grand s was released in march 2013 so they have grounds to say it is a rip off. If the design is patented then nexus should pay royalties. Give credit to what is due.

32. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Oh shut uuup they didn't copy them at all.. why wud they want to copy outdated phone ?

54. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because you'll never know when a design will be trendy and make money. Gonna get the question back to you, why did apple apply the metal design to iphone 6 from htc and meizu when it wasn't making huge profits for the chinese companies before? 30 years ago humans thought metallic and silver pants are funny and acid wash is the trend then come justin bieber and every kids of his age are wearing glossy things. Designers always backtrack on history. Everything is already formed, it's up to time and hype when it will become a money making tool.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Grand S is flat, 6P has a bump. Grand S is wider as well. This is like comparing two car because they have 4 weel and 4 doors lol

30. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Same specs and everythang

3. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Zte is right, Google probably didn't know or see a phone named Zte grand s before.

21. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Google may have not seen grand s but their oem huawei is zte's manufacturing neighbor in china so...

5. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ouch! Huawei has put Google in a tight corner, knowing that it's the Nexus 6P fans really love over the 5X.

6. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

ZTE sounds like an iSheep or worse like Jony Ive. There is only one similarity. Maybe HTC should have cry too, because of fingerprint scanner placement or dual front facing speakers. Maybe its more similar to Motorola's instead to HTC's grills. Maybe another company should have claim its their design because they were the first to implement a glass area on otherwise metal surface for antennas and camera.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dont forget the rectangular phone with round corner this also infringe on this lol. Also the finger print scanner is round like the iphone.. Freaking moronic ppl who think its copy because its has some similarity..

7. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

well the flash in the grand s is under the camera while in the nexus p6 is in the right side of the camera which is enough for me to not give a sh!t !

9. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The same can be said about the Grand S, it does look like the Motorola Razr without the sharp lines. And I ve seen bunch of phones that has this design language, it's not something that ZTE owns.

10. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

you are a member here since 10 feb 2012 and i am a member here since 9 feb 2012 :D

16. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A day older, a day wiser lol

17. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A day older, a day wiser lol

36. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

don't we say: a day older, a year wiser back in lebanon? lol

39. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol that's true. Akbar minak byom, a3lam minak bsinni :D

45. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

I am from Libya so I know Arabic يا حبيبي :)

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