News by Luke Jones on Tuesday April 14, 2015.
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While Samsung has been accused of copying other manufacturers ideas in the past (Apple has successfully sued the company twice), other companies copy the South Korean giant too (Apple included). China is of course the hot bed of copied products, but it still surprises us when one of the big boys does it. Which brings us to ZTE, the company is about to launch its Nubia Z9 flagship, and there is something familiar about it.One of the biggest manufacturers in China and the world, ZTE's new handset is due to launch in the coming weeks and will be a tour de force of specs and design no doubt. However, it bears more than a passing resemblance to a Samsung handset, not least because this leaked render of the Nubia Z9 shows that it has a screen that folds around the landscape bezel. That of course is something Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S6 just a month ago, so has ZTE been quick to copy Samsung? Well, in this case, while ZTE is clearly aping Sammy's tech, the Chinese company is probably not copying. The Nubia Z9 has been in development for some time, so it is unlikely the handset is ripping off the Galaxy S6. It is plainly obvious that other companies will eventually adopt Samsung's folded screen idea, ZTE is the first to do it seriously and the company was arguably inspired more by the Galaxy Note 4 which came out way back in September, 2014. Samsung should be flattered if anything, it is after-all a company often accused of not innovating, yet here we are in 2015 with large screen devices the norm and folding screen slowly finding its way to other manufacturers. It is also worth mentioning that in the render the folded edges of the Nubia Z7 look too small to be anything other than aesthetic. Aside from the screen, the handset looks very nice, and certainly more like and iPhone 6 or Xperia Z3 than the Galaxy S6. In terms of specs ZTE is rolling out the red carpet with a 1440 x 2560 Quad HD screen stretching across the device for 5.5 inches. Elsewhere there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon eight core 810 chipset that offers 64-bit processing, while it could be paired with as much as 4GB of RAM. So, absolutely bleeding edge specs and a design worth looking out for, the Nubia Z9 is shaping up to be an impressive handset. For the sake of clarity, there is not 100% clarification that this render is the real deal, so we will file this firmly in the rumor bin for now.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.