I smell a lawsuit brewing, unless Samsung is using Huawei as a major supplier. The image above isn’t of the Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. Instead, it’s of Huawei’s still-rumored Huawei Mate 9, which is expected to debut at an event later this month.
The curved Huawei Mate 9 appears to be a near perfect rip-off of the two aforementioned Samsung devices. The curved display, the centered home button, even the colors and front-facing camera/speaker grill scream Samsung. The larger model without the curved display looks a little more standard, so we’ll let Huawei slide on that.
The images were published by Evan Blass to VentureBeat, where he identified the top smartphone as the “Manhattan” and the lower device as the “Long Island.” The latter is said to be the flagship of the two, with a Quad HD display and Google Daydream VR support, though both are said to pack Kirin 960 processors and up to 6GB of RAM/256GB of storage.
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Maybe the device will look different once it’s official, but this looks like a pretty big rip-off of the Galaxy Note 7. We know smartphone brands frequently copy one another – nearly everyone is to blame at some point or another – though this looks kind of ridiculous. Given the Galaxy Note 7 was recalled, I guess we’ll soon have a phone that at least offers a similar design.