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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3450 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Grand S
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1

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54 Comments

52. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Are you sure it's not adapted from the Huawei P8 and coincidentally looks like the ZTE Grand S?

58. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It is an adapted and taken direct from the p8, they did not go out of there way to copy that crap looking grand s, even the names a copy of a Samsung phone

51. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

They all look the same, just different logos

49. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I thought the back of the 6P was similar to the old Droid Razr, or at least its Chinese cousin. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Motorola-MT917-is-a-RAZR-with-4.5-HD-Super-AMOLED-display-and-13MP-camera-for-China-Mobile_id24129 Black bar camera hump? Check. Four year old news.

48. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

HTC Legend!!!! Does not one remember the HTC Legend, the first thing the 6P reminded me of from the back is the HTC Legend. ZTE probably didnt take elements from the Legend just like Huawei didn't take anything from the Grand, the phones just happened to come together with the same back.

47. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

huawei more premium spec then zte.

46. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Didn't ZTE copy the iphone6 for one of its phones?

44. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAND I don't care, the 6P looks better anyway

50. AZNHA unregistered

yeeaa :]

40. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The lumia 820 had this design before either of them

34. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Most smartphones copy designs.As everybody knows there will be a long war between Apple and samsung on design patent issues.Huawei dont need to copy Zte.Its strange to see a copycat Zte blames someone to copy its design.

33. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1493; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

ZTE's Grand S isn't exactly unique either. Motorola has used similar designs in the past, but opted to colormatch the camera strip to the rest of the phone's design. Besides I think the Nexus 6P version of it looks better than on the Grand S. Huawei outplayed you ZTE, be graceful about it and not a sore loser.

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I dunno, I think updated version of the Nexus 10 removable back piece when I see the 6P. I don't know why Google thinks it looks cool but they do apparently. The 6P almost makes it look cool so I give them credit for that. Apples method is best on the iPhone 5/5s design though. Cover the entire back so it doesn't look like a patch and put it on both the top and bottom for symmetry sake. Of course people would have cried iPhone copy if they did that though.

29. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I said it before that it looks a bit like the ZTE Grand S. But in the end nothing will happen . If they want to sue Huawei then , ZTE will also have to face it . Their , Nubia's looks like Xperia's Blade S6 looks like Apple phone Star 1,2 looks like Huawei P6's with the curve in the bottom . I advice everyone and every manufacturer to stop blaming others of copying Every smartphone has some similarities with others . So, shut up .

28. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

"No ZTE is lying.. Its really our design" says the barcode scanner manufacturers....

27. AZNHA unregistered

6P still look sexy

24. alias3800

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Anyone else think the ZTE looks like trash? Like a flaming dumpster fire? The symmetry is all wrong on the back. It's really not that "creative," so it's difficult to say that it was copied.

23. GoogleUser101 unregistered

I had my doubts on Huaweii before the Nexus 6P. And no I got them back.

22. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Eh, I still find 6P to be better in terms of design.

18. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

So this is the right time. Sue and stop this ugly 6P phone. Bring something that looks at least nice.

42. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

6p is nice. It is beautiful and very compeling in specs. So, you are not going to make much impact on admirers.

14. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Chinese copying from Chinese. That's pretty funny. End result is still fugly.

13. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And in other news, water is wet.

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

ZTE is copying apple logic... STAHP!

9. maherk

Posts: 7114; 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: 7114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A day older, a day wiser lol

17. maherk

Posts: 7114; 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: 7114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

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