The Nexus 6P’s launch last week marks the first time Google went with a Chinese manufacturer for its Nexus line of smartphones. While this partnership could potentially help Huawei establish its presence in other markets, it seems like ZTE isn’t quite as thrilled. According to ZTE, the Nexus 6P bears a striking resemblance to its own device, the ZTE Grand S.
The image above shows the ZTE Grand S (or Athena, as it’s called in certain markets) compared to the Nexus 6P on the right. Other than the black bar on top of the devices’ rear panel, both smartphones also have the same “camera hump,” but beyond these, these two products couldn’t be more different in terms of design.
ZTE took to Weibo to point out this similarity. The message (which came from ZTE’s marketing director, Lu Qian Hao) was directed to Huawei’s Yu Chengdong. Needless to say, ZTE isn’t very happy about it, although Google Translate wasn’t able to translate the message to English very well.
It’s no secret that ZTE and Huawei have a long-running rivalry in China. Not only are they competing in the smartphone market, both companies also have a presence in the telecommunication equipment field. While this may seem like nothing more than an opportunity for ZTE to take a jab at Huawei, did the latter really take inspiration from the ZTE Grand S for the Nexus 6P’s design?