Huawei Ascend P6 vs. iPhone 4S

Is it borrowing designs, or just inspiration? Some of the similarities are surprising.

It's no secret that there are design similarities between the Huawei Ascend P6 and the iPhone, but how similar are they? Well naturally the screen sizes and operating systems differentiate them pretty well, but there are certainly many points where the likeness between the two is uncanny.

Particularly, you can see almost exact similarities with the metal banding around the sides, the camera and speaker grille at the top of the phones. The similarities go further with an iPhone 5, which is simply taller and thinner and therefore looks more like a typical 16:9 Android phone to begin with.

Stick with us after the break for a full gallery of the Huawei Ascend P6 with an iPhone 4S.

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NoNexus says:

Your right, but it does not matter. Huawei is Chinese and the last thing Apple wants to do is piss them off. Samsung and HTC on the other hand...

mattjopete says:

Is it just me or do they look almost completely different?

NoNexus says:

Did you click through the pictures?

icebike says:

Yup, and noticed that they look completely different.

Its like saying that a Ford Tarus is a copy of a Chevy Malibu because they both have the steering wheel in the same place and the bottom side has tires.

Come on!

As time passes all products tend to find the most optimum design, which is why many models tend to grow into a similar look. Its not a conspiracy, its simply optimum design constrained by functionality and cost. Form Follows Function and Finance.

No where did I read that the Hauwei Ascend P6 is a copy of the Iphone 4S. I did read that certain aspects of the phone seem to be VERY similar to the other.

Let's not read between the lines, and read what the article actually says.

axllebeer says:

Yeah I tend to agree with you.

Cheetah23 says:

Wow, that is a stretchhhhhhh. I see some similar aspects, but the huawaei looks nicer.

Mayoo614 says:

It's enough for Apple to sue everybody at Huawei, their families, friends, pets and Google

JR A says:


This is a stretch. I saw one similarity, which was the metal trim/band around the phone. That's it.

These two phones look nothing a like. It must be a slow day in Android news and/or AC bloggers are really reaching for more traffic.

abhi2nahi4 says:

It's not just you. If we're gonna nitpick, then I'm sure we can find similarities between almost any two random phones.

Dick Grande says:

This reads like something bgr would put out. I hope this is not the beggining of the end for AC

rd_nest says:

No. definitely not the only one to think that they are different. Obviously, they both are rectangular design.

DGetz says:

I'm with you mattjopete. I literally see zero similarities. I think a lot of other phones look similar to each other and this is a pretty weak example.

They must mean that both phones have screen on the front, buttons and bezels.

MarkSeven says:


tucamsam says:

Very similar...they both are rectangles with rounded corners...
While there are similarities that are there with almost any phone, I don't think it's really that close...

JR A says:


Actually, the Sony Z line of phones and the P6 look more alike. But, comparing a new phone to an iPhone gets more attention for tech bloggers I guess...

swagsaunders says:

Did you watch the video of the post unboxing..looking at it head on doesn't give you copy but when seeing it on video I was pretty shocked.

wrightmd93 says:

Not sure if this is a joke or not. They look almost entirely different other than the P6 having a brushed metal band around part of the exterior (but not the whole thing).

swiedom says:

They look nothing alike...

ChillFactorz says:

Slow news week?

stevovr says:

Ones white the other is black. That's where the similarity ends:)

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ScottColbert says:

You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to confuse the two.


And play a mean pinball?

rigon says:


likwidkool says:


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TenshiNo says:


And stupid

Incubus123 says:

VERY similar! .. BUT you forgot to showe it with their "Standard launcher" which mimics even the icon grid, that iphones do by removing the drawer. Quite obvious what huawei is doing.

dadathepanda says:

They look nothing alone with the exception of the metallic band around. Really different.

Gimik says:

I can't tell if this is written in sarcasm. I see no similarities at all.

rexxman says:

You are kidding, right? They do not look similiar. And yes NoNexus, I've clicked thru all the pictures.

GC736 says:

Holy crap! If they were both white, I would not be able to tell them apart!


Yeah, I just don't see it. I'm not a fan of either phone really. They look completely different to me.

rjshenoy says:

slow news day? a stupid article doesn't help!


adampollack says:

I'd take the Huawei over any iPhone, any day.

JobiWan144 says:

"Stick with us after the break for a full gallery..."

* opens in browser *

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Dan29466 says:

Your car and my car have more similarity than these two phones. I don't know what your car is and don't care what your car is. It's still true.

Lolz... very true...

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bergeronjc says:

The car company that made your car copied off of the car company that made my car. It's so obvious with how both our cars have four wheels, doors and a steering wheel.

I don't mean to offend, but this is the kind of thing one can hear from people who have no attention to detail and therefore should not judge differences in design. My sister says most cars look the same to her and mainly discerns them by color. Of course I'm exaggerating a little, she's not stupid, but she just doesn't have the eye. I'm a designer by profession and can perfectly discern design cues taken from this brand and that brand - every designer has to draw inspiration from somewhere.. But it is a FACT that Huawei is copying Apple. I know because I have their Ascend P1 (great phone, by the way) and while the phone itself is very original in design (partially similar to Dell Streak, but that brand has been dead for long enough), its charger and USB cable are almost perfect copies of the ones from Apple. To be exact, I think they improve on Apple's design and look better than the original, but they still can't hide their origin. And for me it's the same with the Ascend P6 - it literally removed all the things I didn't like about the iPhone (overly rounded corners, riddiculously too much space above and under the display and the boring, tired UI with bubly rounded icons which is stupidified to be operated by a braindead horse) and improved on the good stuff (I like the brushed metal more, it's thinner, corners are sharper and it has Android). The only thing missing for me is an OLED screen - forget resolution, nobody can discern 480p from 720p at normal usage distance and an LCD can never match an OLED in overall picture quality because of black depth. But then again... it would still feel like a copy to me so I'm not sure I would like to own it. Huawei should really try to make their own design way - they certainly seem to be able to.

CellGuy says:

These phones look nothing alike. You could do this comparison with about any phones in the market right now.

Small_law says:

In the words of the late Ryan Davis (God rest his mighty soul), "China don't care."

When are the galleries going to work on the app?

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Why is this a 'story'? There is nothing here...

We have one of these phones. The charger and charging cable look so apple.. Really really like this phone though..also have an HTC one and this feels nicer in the hand !!

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rstokc says:

Clearly Huawei copied the iPhone. The speaker has little holes in it like the iPhone and its width is greater than its height. Need more? Fine. Look at the cameras, they are clearly both round with lenses. Not to mention the flash, which is also round. I had an old polaroid camera and it had a square flash, so clearly it could be done. What about the headphone jack. They are exactly the same size. Kind of coincidental, don't you think? I could keep going, mention how both are three dimensional, instead of 2 or 4 dimensional, how both have mass, etc., but you get the point.

bergeronjc says:

Completely copy cat.

The camera lens is circle like on an iPhone. Wait a is EVERY SINGLE CAMERA LENS IN EXISTENCE.

The flash looks the same as an iPhone. Wait a minute...THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S A LIGHTBULB.

The speaker grill on the phone to hear the person talking is on the top just like the iPhone. Wait a minute...EVERY SINGLE PHONE IN EXISTENCE PUTS THAT SPEAKER GRILL AT THE TOP SO YOU CAN HEAR IT IN YOUR EAR.

The metal band looks like the the very top on the left and right and nowhere else.

The bottom of the phone is on the bottom like the iPhone. The audacity of them.

The front screen of the phone is made of glass. Wait a minute...99% OF EVERY PHONE MADE USES GLASS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC.

I understand you need to create posts to keep people coming to the website but this post takes the cake in posts that create bewilderment in why the author would make any of these claims.

Most of you are missing the point. Andrew isn't saying these are blatant copies of each other, even at quick glance these two look very different, obviously one is black and one is white and the iphone is substantially smaller and thicker. But when looking more closely you notice these similarities:
-Camera and flash are almost identical in size and placement
-Both cameras have a silver lining around the outside
-The metal band around the outside is almost identical including the width of it.
-The beveled edges of the band and glass are identical
-The 'break' in the band on the sides, one of the most defining qualities of the edge of the phone is exactly the same on both phones in size and placement.
-Front facing camera is same size and adjacent with the ear speaker.
-Rounded edges

While I agree, no one is going to mistake one for the other, it is pretty obvious who Huawei got their inspiration from. I don't think it is a bad thing, and really it is quite smart, improve on what is popular. Put this phone next to the iPhone 4 or 5 and I still think the Ascend P6 is a better looking phone, just not better named :P

Good article Andrew!

rovex says:

There may be some minor similarities to a few features, but the overall effect is a phone that is nothing like the iPhone at all.

Slab phones can only be so different to each other, they are all going to look similar if you analyse every detail.

This article is weak and over reaching.

I completely disagree, there is a very specific design language that was mimicked from the iPhone 4. I think the article makes that very apparent. People don't want to admit that an android phone has anything in common with an iphone, so they are putting on their blinders.

swagsaunders says:

Exactly! Not saying what they did is wrong but after seeing it on video there's no denying the blatant copying of design language. Can't believe people are saying they don't see it. Yes there are VERY few differences that set it apart outside of internals and software but there are some major blatantly copied design elements.

Clak says:

These articles just go from inception to post, don't they? I mean if this is news then I could run my own one man blog and pump stuff like this out everyday.

Do it. I am expecting an "Android Central like" experience from you by Monday. You better get started. AC has over 300,000 followers on twitter so this is going to be pretty impressive.


Two words: Screen size.

So if it was an absolute 100 percent rip off of the iPhone4S, but with a 5 inch screen, then that would be OK, because of the vast different screen size. Yah... that makes complete sense. -_-

Overall they look different. However, once you start looking at select pieces, you see just how much the design of the iPhone was copied.

rovex says:

you could say the iPhone 4/5 copied the Nokia N96 if you analyse individual design features, it doesnt mean it did.

dweeze87 says:

My cat and dog look almost identical too!! :p

fndpena says:

patent war in 3... 2...

Incitatus says:

Go to Best Buy or equivalent and notice how vastly different the 80 flat screen tv's look that are hanging on the wall. They all look nearly identical.

I don't understand why cell phones are expected to be vastly different from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Incitatus says:

Upon further review: I feel this article is The Verge style, in that it was created in desperation for clicks and comments. Swill.

So no one is allowed to write anything outside of straight fact? Opinion pieces should be dismissed entirely. Sounds for a pretty boring internet if you ask me. "Verge style" GTFO...

Incitatus says:

I'm against the opinion of the poster, you're against mine, of course only your opinion is valid?

Incitatus says:

Ok, I can admit I was wrong. I just looked at ALL of the pictures posted and can more easily see the similarities between the two. I stand corrected.

Respect bro :)

You dismissed the article solely on it being opinion based. An opinion you disagreed with, but if you were on the other side of the fence you might not be so quick to judge. Saying the article is just to generate clicks is offensive to the writer. I know Andrews work and it is nothing to snuff at.

My opinion doesn't matter because I am not the author. Neither does your. That is what the comment section is for.

See this phone has won the European consumer smartphone award for 2013-2014 from EISA.

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baerry says:

honestly, thats just about as "the same" as almost every other phone is. there are only so many ways to design certain details, so there will always be some similarity in some ways.
Over all these to phones are - to me - totally different.

swagsaunders says:

I'm not saying if it is wrong or right..but this is definitely a very blatant copy! Even the most hardcore Android fan must admit that much. I understand there are only so many ways to design a black rectangular slab but there are very few differences in design language from the 4/4s. A major win for those who are fans of that look but want to run Android but let us not lie to ourselves claiming this isn't a blatant copy. With that said I've always been a fan of this design..this will definitely be a win for those who might not be able to purchase an iPhone directly in markets this is released in or want that look but love Android.

swagsaunders says:

Put MiUI w/IOS theme on this and you have a near perfect clone. Nice if that's what you're looking for.

datastar says:

HYPERBOLIZE; What's next?
I guess Mother Nature needs to sue the airlines for designing their planes to look like birds.

E90 Commie says:

I don't see the big similarities. I can agree that some details are relatively similar but from a holistic viewpoint, I think both have their own distinct design. The Huawei Ascend P6 reminds me more of a Lumigon T2 rather than the iPhone 4S/5.

I prefer the Huawei design, it looks elegant and classy even if it isn't in the same league as the Lenovo K900 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra. I think it is a nice looking smartphone in general. Even with MIUI onboard, I fail to see that it is a "clone" of the Apple design.

mcgowan398 says:

Nova launcher looks attractive on the P6


deltatux says:

The front makes it look closer to the BlackBerry Z10 than the iPhone. The sides look similar so does the camera assembly. The back looks a bit like the Sony Xperia Z. Sure they probably had inspiration from these companies but to say that they copied it? No, they don't look like each other (Ascend P6 vs. iPhone) aside from 2 aspects of it. Plus, the comparison is to an iPhone 4S which it doesn't look similar to, it's slightly closer to the iPhone 5 than 4S if you really want to nitpick.

adamzenwine says:

Who cares! It sucks samsung got fined for that same infraction, which was bs to begin with. How many tv's look alike, do we care, not one bit.

chuckh0308 says:

I see almost no resemblance at all and the Huawei is about 50 times better looking.

pagger says:

One point missed do they cost the same?

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hrkristian says:

Is this meant to be a troll? The only similarity I see between these two phones is them both being smartphones.
Seriously I am literally bubbling over with anger at this.

lordpuppy says:

i don't get it. It looks like the iphone, in the same way they both look like a Z10. rectangles, with a camera hole, and a speaker hole, and buttons. I just don't see anything, aside from the generic touchscreen smartphone look going on.