ZTE points finger at Huawei for alleged Nexus 6P design cloning
Many Chinese device producers have been accused of shamelessly imitating the external appearance of popular Western gadgets to trick inexperienced consumers, or simply score free publicity and awareness for otherwise lackluster smartphones.
But one-on-one replicas of iPhones or Samsung Galaxy S-series flagships are never manufactured by reputable local companies like Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, or Meizu. Still, we can easily remember instances when all names on that list were implicated in scandals pertaining to subtler inspiration from industry veterans.
Huawei finds itself in the midst of such a controversy again, only this time, it’s a domestic rival that straight up claims the Nexus 6P is the product of intellectual property theft. ZTE marketing division head Lu Qian Hao noticed an eerie similarity between the Google-endorsed new pure Android phablet and the 2013 Athena, aka Grand S.
Now, the two rear cameras definitely look alike, that much is crystal clear for anyone with a pair of functional eyes, but could ZTE have a case against its arch-nemesis which may be argued in a court of law? We highly doubt it, both because obtaining a patent on a variation of the classic smartphone rectangular design is tricky, and because Huawei might argue the Nokia 808 Pureview came out before the Grand S.
Besides, can you think of a household name in this business, headquartered in China, Korea, Taiwan or the US, that hasn’t “paid tribute” one way or the other to a competing device? In the words of the late Steve Jobs, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”