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ZTE Blade S6 copies Apple wholesale (pictures)

We go hands-on with the Chinese smartphone maker's latest effort, going on sale soon in Asia.

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Aloysius Low
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ZTE's latest smartphone, the Blade S6, borrows heavily from Apple's iPhone 6 design.

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Spot the difference! The main one is that it's slightly larger than the iPhone 6, since the Blade S6 has a 5-inch display.

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That curved glass front is so similar. Click through for more comparison shots.

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The Blade S6 is thicker, at 7.7mm.

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The Blade S6 has no markings for the antenna bands, since it's not made of metal. The back is plastic.

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ZTE's MiFavor 3.0 UI runs on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which gives it a quite different look to iOS.

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A closer look at that curved glass.

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That's not a TouchID fingerprint sensor, but a simple Android home button.

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The back and menu buttons light up when touched, but are otherwise hidden.

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The one thing that's different is having the power and volume buttons on the right side.

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The phone has dual SIM-card slots with 4G LTE support, and a microSD slot for expanding the 16GB of storage.

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The Blade S6 looks like aluminum but it's actually plastic, making it lighter than Apple's phone.

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It's even "designed in California."

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