Did Google’s Huawei Nexus 6P blatantly rip off ZTE’s design?

Google has been in charge of the Nexus smartphones for a while, fond of partnering up with different brands to make sure that their customers get the best of diversities available on the Android platform they themselves own.

It therefore came as a surprise when the management of ZTE accused Google of copying a ZTE design unto one of their recently made smartphones, the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P.

The claim which was made by the marketing director of ZTE in person of Lu Quin Hao who turned to Weibo, a micro-blogging website in China, to point fingers at Google that the Huawei-made Nexus smartphone ‘paid heavy tribute’ to one of their devices, using soft puns to drive his point home.

Did Google's Huawei Nexus 6P blatantly rip off ZTE's design? Technology: General

The device that has been claimed by the marketing director to have been copied is none other than the ZTE Grand S Athena. To be very fair, the Nexus 6P and ZTE Athena share some similarities, but they do not go farther than what you see on their casings. Both devices are similar in looks and both also have a black bar that houses the camera. Asides this, even the physical comparisons cannot be stretched. The Nexus 6P comes with a rear fingerprint scanner and a sleekness due to its metallic make-up, both features being lost on the Grand S.

Neither Huawei nor Google has issued any official or unofficial statement as regards this accusation by ZTE.

So, tell us what you think. Did Google and Huawei blatantly rip off the ZTE Grand Athena or not?

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