The smartphone world is rife with design patent disputes, the most famous of which was Apple successfully taking Samsung to task for infringing on its designs. However, there’s a difference between that, and devices that look vaguely alike, something that ZTE‘s marketing head, Lu Qian Hao, has decided to point out. In a post on Weibo, Lu suggests that Google derived the design of the Nexus 6P from the ZTE Grand S, and posted photos of photos which presumably prove the infringement.
Presumably, if there was a genuine patent dispute here, ZTE would be handling it quietly, discreetly and professionally – pointing it out publicly only suggests that they don’t have a patent on their design. We can definitely see where Lu thinks there is some copying going on – the black bar at the top of both devices is glaringly prominent – but that’s just about where the similarities end, and even then they aren’t even that similar. Of course, we now know that the Nexus 6P has the black bar at the top to let wireless signals in and out, though we wonder if the same can be said of the Grand S’ black bar.